Norwich City youngsters claim fifth in Olympia Laupheim tournament in Germany

Henry Randall was on target for City under-18s against Xanthi.

Henry Randall was on target for City under-18s against Xanthi. - Credit: Archant

Norwich City under-18s secured fifth place in the Olympia Laupheim tournament in Germany yesterday afternoon.

Neil Adams' side were up against the hosts in the fifth-place play-off after losing both of their matches against Skoda Xanthi and Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday.

A smart strike from Harrison Heath and a Carlton Morris penalty ensured a 2-0 win against Laupheim in sweltering conditions.

City's youngsters have a fine history in the competition having won it three times between 1978 and 1980. However, they were unable to repeat that success despite some promising displays.

The young Canaries took the lead against Xanthi in their first match when Carlton Morris found Henry Randall unmarked to make it 1-0. Xanthi hit a post soon after but Morris fired over when clean through before half-time.

The second-half saw City try to defend their lead but defensive mistakes in a disappointing second-half saw the Greeks make the most of the chances to win the game 2-1.

A 1-0 win for Xanthi in the second group game against Fortuna Düsseldorf meant a draw against Fortuna would be enough to see the Canaries through to the semi-finals.

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City made a cautious start to the game but kept Düsseldorf at bay and started to get forward themselves. A goal-line clearance following a corner prevented Norwich taking the lead but moments later Morris made the most of a slip in the German defence to put the Canaries 1-0 up with a cool finish.

Düsseldorf threatened for much of the remainder of the first-half and manager, Adams, was relieved to see his team come in ahead at half-time.

All the good work was undone only a minute into the second-half as Düsseldorf pulled a goal back.

A defensive slip allowed the Germans to go 2-1 up and despite some desperate attacks Fortuna held out to claim the second semi-final spot in the group.

• City squad: Tyler Reading, Cameron Norman, Ben Wyatt, Ray Grant, Nathan Fox, Kenny Lokko, Harvey Hodd, Henry Randall, Carlton Morris, Harrison Heath, Ben Burgess, Asa Swatman, James Eaton-Collins, Jake Simpson, Lewis Byrne-Hewitt, Christian Scales, Ollie Cole, Michee Efete.

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