Norwich City U21s 7 Southampton U21s 2

Jamar Loza scores his fifth goal for Norwich City U21 against Southampton. Picture: Jasonpix

Jamar Loza scores his fifth goal for Norwich City U21 against Southampton. Picture: Jasonpix - Credit: JASON DAWSON

Jamar Loza was the star of the show for Norwich City Under-21s as he scored five goals in a comprehensive victory over Southampton.

Alex Neil and David McNally watch Norwich City under-21s take on Southampton. Picture: Jasonpix

Alex Neil and David McNally watch Norwich City under-21s take on Southampton. Picture: Jasonpix - Credit: JASON DAWSON

The Jamaica international and Cameron King both scored twice to send City into half-time with a 4-1 lead and the striker then added another three to steal the spotlight in the second half.

The young Canaries were again bolstered by four over-age players, just as they were for last week's 2-0 win over Manchester United at Carrow Road.

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty led the line, having scored an excellent goal in that victory but then missing out on the first-team squad for Sunday's impressive draw with Arsenal.

Lafferty was joined by club captain Russell Martin, who was an unused substitute against the Gunners, and Belgian midfielder Vadis Odjidja Ofoe, who made a late cameo against Arsene Wenger's team.

Cameron King of Norwich heads in his first goal to equalise the game at 1-1 against Southampton. Pic

Cameron King of Norwich heads in his first goal to equalise the game at 1-1 against Southampton. Picture: Jasonpix - Credit: JASON DAWSON

Summer signing Jake Kean was also in goal for the Canaries, with the visitors not including any over-age players in their team.

It was the Saints who started the brightest though, Josh Sims firing just wide in the fourth minute and the south-coast side taking the lead in the 10th minute.

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Jake Hesketh played Ryan Seager through the middle, with the City defence on the back foot, and the striker feinted from side to side to shake off Martin and then curled a quality shot into the bottom-left corner.

Southampton continued to control proceedings but the Canaries equalised in the 20th minute and then unleashed an unstoppable attacking performance to score a further three goals inside 11 minutes.

First it was attacking midfielder Cameron King to get on the score-sheet, heading down a curling cross from trialist Arinse Uade in the 20th minute to make it 1-1.

King then doubled the lead in the 27th minute. Odjidja Ofoe picked out Lafferty in the box and the striker's strong work allowed King to swoop and arrow a shot into the top-left corner.

Just two minutes later and it was 3-1, Loza with a similar finish to King's second, thumping into the top-left corner after being teed up by King.

Then in the 31st minute Loza completed a remarkable period of play, unleashing a powerful shot from the left of the box and seeing the ball bounce in off the far post, to make it 4-1.

Right-back Michee Efete nearly scored a fifth for City soon after but was brilliantly denied by Will Wood with a brave block.

The young Saints then started to show their frustration, Richard Bakary getting booked for a silly tackle on Loza and Hesketh for a late lunge on Martin.

There was also an excellent block from Martin to deny Sims in the 41st minute, after Kean could only parry a shot, to ensure the hosts went in 4-1 ahead after an exciting first 45 minutes.

The second half was a more sedate affair to start with, as the Canaries tried to sit on their lead, with Lafferty trying to force scoring opportunities but not having much luck.

Kean then blotted his copybook in the 65th minute, making a complete hash of possession to allow Seager to rob him and roll the ball home and reduce the deficit to 4-2.

Lafferty swiped a left-footed shot wide in the 73rd minute and was replaced by Jamie Eaton-Collins, to bring an end to a frustrating night for the tall striker.

Loza then put an end to any slims hopes for the visitors with another three goals, in just six minutes.

Firstly he beat the keeper to a long clearance from Martin in the 82nd minute, out-muscling Ollie Cook to then roll the ball into an empty net.

He then seized on a pass from Efete to thump a bullet of a shot into the net from 15 yards in the 86th minute, before finishing well from a Hall-Johnson cross from the right two minutes later – and complete a remarkable night for the 21-year-old.

City U21s: Kean; Efete, Martin, Gafaiti, Uade; McGrandles, Odjidja; Hall-Johnson (C), King (Grant 79), Loza; Lafferty (Eaton-Collins 73). Unused subs: Killip (GK), Cantwell, Middleton

Saints U21s: Isted; Bakary, Cook, Wood, Debayo; Gape (C), Reed; Little, Hesketh (Valery 79), Sims (Johnson 79); Seager. Unused subs: Lewis (GK), Wilkin, Jones

Referee: Carl Brook (Sussex)

Attendance: 1,500 (approximately)