Young striker Idah stars in front of Canaries boss Farke during dramatic Youth Cup victory
PUBLISHED: 22:37 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 23:08 12 December 2017
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An incredible 10-minute hat-trick in front of watching Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has thrust young striker Adam Idah into the spotlight at Carrow Road.
The 17-year-old Republic of Ireland youth international played a major part in a thrilling FA Youth Cup comeback against Barnsley on Tuesday night.
Trailing the Tykes 1-0 in the third round tie, Idah followed up after seeing a penalty saved to equalise, before Anthony Spyrou fired the Canaries ahead and Idah finished the job to seal a 4-1 victory – scoring his ninth goal in 12 games for the U18s this season.
With first team head coach Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber watching on from the stands, U18s boss David Wright was thrilled with the summer arrival’s efforts.
“The one Adam ran through and their skipper was on their back for most of the time, I thought was an outstanding goal,” Wright said of Idah’s final strike. “He fended him off maybe three or four times and then to have the composure at the end of it to finish was excellent.
“It’s great, the head coach and the staff and Stuart were here, which was great for them to see – I think they’ve seen the two sides of the team, which I don’t think is a bad thing because it shows the group have got that resilience to up their game.
“For the likes of Adam to show his quality in front of the gaffer and Stuart is very good.”
Barnsley were furious that a goal which would have put them 2-0 was ruled out for offside but were left shell-shocked by a rampant City comeback.
“First half we were poor, way below the standards that this group have set themselves and at half-time we told the players very straight that it was unacceptable,” Wright continued. “We froze a bit in the first half and the players needed to understand that if they want to go to the next level – and the next level is 27,000 people here – you can’t freeze, you need to rise to the occasion. But then to be fair to the boys they reacted really, really well.
“I think their second ‘goal’, we’ve had a bit of luck there, I’ve had a look at it and I think it is a fair goal but you need a bit of luck.
“Once that decision went for us, I think we dominated the second half and the players showed the kind of performance we’ve been putting in recently.
“So I’m really pleased with how they reacted.”