Norwich City U18 4, MK Dons U18 2
City's Academy side had to come from a goal behind against MK Dons to claim all three points at Colney on Saturday. A goal adrift after just two minutes Ricky Martin's side then proceeded to dominate the game although the Academy manager will not have been pleased with the way his side gifted the visitors a second goal late in stoppage time.
City's Academy side had to come from a goal behind against MK Dons to claim all three points at Colney on Saturday.
A goal adrift after just two minutes Ricky Martin's side then proceeded to dominate the game although the Academy manager will not have been pleased with the way his side gifted the visitors a second goal late in stoppage time.
Martin handed a first start for midfielder Korey Smith and Under-16 defender Sam Habergham. The Canaries were caught out after just two minutes when, with a suspicion of offside, Daniel Powell raced clear of the City defence to slot the ball under City keeper Declan Rudd.
City were slow to react to the danger as shortly after Powell raced clear again although Rudd this time was equal to his effort. City were reduced to a couple of long range efforts with Damon Lathrope and Kris Renton both trying their luck. City were well in command and Renton saw a header well saved by Kurt Fox in the Don's goal while Jordan Yong was another to try his luck from distance.
With 34 minutes on the clock the Canaries pulled themselves level after some super play by winger Luke Daley who beat two players before picking out Lathorpe who from the edge of the box sent in a low shot beyond Fox.
Six minutes later City took the lead when from a similar distance Ross Kelly sent a shot into the bottom right hand corner.
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The lively Daley was causing the visitors defence all sorts of problems and when he was brought down in the area the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. With what was the last kick of the half RENTON made it three for the Canaries.
Rudd had to be alert to save from Powell at the start of the second half while moments later Powell again found himself in a shooting position but this time his effort was over the crossbar.
With 72 minutes on the clock Renton fired in his second and City's fourth after he collected a loose ball while a minute later he may well have recorded his hat-trick had it not been for a fantastic save by Fox after City were awarded their second penalty.
Fox then made a memorable double save to deny Renton and Yong while Daley was also denied this time by a double block. Despite his tender years Habergham had an outstanding debut game but he and his fellow defenders were guilty of switching off deep in stoppage time when LIAM KELLY was completely unmarked to collect a free kick and fire the ball past Rudd.
t Norwich City: Rudd, Matthews (Davey 60), Habergham, Lathrope, McLean, D Kelly, Daley, R Kelly, Renton, Smith (O'Toole 67), Yong. Subs not used: Steer, Adeyemi, Stephens.
t MK Dons: Fox, Mitchell-Coop, Collins, Shuter, Thorne, Flannagan, Koffi (Chicksen 45), King, Powell, Delderfield, Kelly. Subs not used: Williams, Cryan, Gyasi, Walker.
t Norwich City man of the match: Sam Habergham.
t Ian Thornton's U16 side, having scored five goals last week against Reading, matched that again this week when they bet MK Dons U16 5-0. City's goals coming via Matthew Bull, Duran Reynolds, Jack Bailey, Tom Adeyemi, David Stephens.