Young Canaries cruise into FA Youth Cup fourth round

Benny Ashley-Seal of Norwich City during the pre-season friendly match between FK Dukla Prague and N

Benny Ashley-Seal of Norwich City during the pre-season friendly match between FK Dukla Prague and Norwich City at Well Welt Stadion , KumbergPicture by EXPA Pictures/Focus Images Ltd 0781448222220/07/2016EXPA-IES-160720-0007.jpg - Credit: EXPA Pictures/Focus Images Ltd

Watford Under-18s 1 Norwich City Under-18s 5

Norwich City's youngsters turned on the style at Vicarage Road to cruise into the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.

David Wright's side took a firm grip on proceedings by scoring three times inside the opening half hour.

That's the way it stayed until the closing stages when the Canaries added two more goals in quick succession, with the Hornets then netting a consolation at the death.

The visitors started brightly and finally got the goal they deserved on 22 minutes when captain Owen Wallis latched onto a loose ball in the box and blasted it home.


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Within a couple of minutes it was 2-0 after Benny Ashley-Seal was fouled in the box and picked himself up to slot home the resultant penalty.

It was all Norwich at this stage and the hosts all but wrapped up the tie on 29 minutes when an under-pressre Treon Johnson diverted the ball into his own net after the Hornets had failed to clear a corner.

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After that blast of three goals in eight minutes the young Canaries were required to defend at times both before and after the interval, but kept a shell-shocked Watford out without undue alarm.

The icing to the cake was eventually applied by a couple of substitutes, with further away goals arriving in the 79th and 81st minutes.

Anthony Spyrou latched onto Bilal Kamal's pass to finish calmly to make it 4-0 and Devonte Aransibia netted via the post moments later after meeting a cut-back from the right.

Marian Huja struck a late consolation for Watford but the young Canaries booked their place in the next round of the competition with ease and must now await the draw for the fourth round.

Wright's youngsters will be aiming to maintain a proud recent tradition in the FA Youth Cup.

A side including twins Jacob and Josh Murphy won the trophy in 2013 under Neil Adams and last year's side, who were coached by Graeme Murty. made it through to the quarter-finals after wins over Hull, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

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