Todd Cantwell focused on charge for glory in FA Youth Cup with Norwich City U18s

Glenn Middleton of Norwich City U18s scores a goal to make it 3-4, action from Norwich City U18s aga

Glenn Middleton of Norwich City U18s scores a goal to make it 3-4, action from Norwich City U18s against Middlesbrough U18s in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup at Carrow Road. Picture: Jason Dawson/Jasonpix - Credit: JASON DAWSON/JASONPIX

Match-winner Todd Cantwell believes Norwich City Under-18s will be fully focused on trying to win the FA Youth Cup for the rest of the season.

The Dereham youngster, who has been with the Canaries since he was 11 years old, scored an extra-time winner in Wednesday night's dramatic 5-4 defeat of Middlesbrough in the fifth round.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder scored an early penalty to put City 1-0 up at Carrow Road but then had to play a major role in the hosts rallying to come back from 4-1 down.

A trip to Manchester City now awaits in the last eight and Cantwell admits he and his team-mates already can't wait to play at the Etihad Stadium.

'It's the only thing we're really looking forward to at the moment,' he admitted, with City 10th in the South Division of the U18 Premier League with just two games left to play. 'Obviously we've got the league, we can't win that, but we still have a chance to win the FA Youth Cup and doing what we did has given us a really good chance.'


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He added: 'It's going to be an unbelievable experience and I don't think that we'll think we're going to lose now because we can beat anybody when we played how we played (against Boro), so we're looking forward to it.'

Cantwell kept up his record of having scored in every round of this year's competition and U18s coach Graeme Murty was full of praise for the England youth international.

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'The stuff he does on the ball, we really want to harness, to make him more destructive if we can for our attacking play,' Murty said. 'It's really hard sometimes to get him in to nice pockets of play because teams scout him and know he's got good quality, so we have to find ways of getting him on the ball.'

The date of the trip to Manchester City is yet to be confirmed but must be played on or before Saturday, February 27.

Young Canaries set for match at Old Trafford

Norwich City Under-21s will be in action at Old Trafford on Monday.

The young Canaries will be taking on Manchester United in their latest Barclays Under-21 Premier League match. The match has been switched to the 76,000-capacity stadium, the first time the Red Devils U21s have played at the club's main stadium this season.

Entry is free, with supports able to just walk up on the night. United are second in the table and have three games in hand on leaders Sunderland, who are four points clear.

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