U18: Norwich City 1, Charlton Athletic 3
After two indifferent performances David Williams was looking for a marked improvement from his side as Charlton visited Colney today.
FA Premier Academy U18 League
After two indifferent performances David Williams was looking for a marked improvement from his side as Charlton visited Colney today. In the event the Canaries were on the wrong end of a 3-1 reversal but there were clearly improvements over the games against Crystal Palace and West Ham and the scoreline did flatter the visitors somewhat.
City made all the early running with Seb Muddel hitting the side netting after some good build-up play involving Kurtis Byrne and a clever back-heel from Bally Smart. Charlton took the lead on 15 minutes, it has to be said somewhat against the run of play when City failed to deal with a through ball allowing Scott Wagstaff a simple tap-in.
City continued to push forward with Smart seeing a shot charged down, but with 30 minutes on the clock Norwich found themselves back on level terms when ROBERT REVELL sent Kris Renton away down the right where his cross found Smart who slotted the ball wide of Charlton keeper Joe Wooley, the ball going in off the post.
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Shortly before the break Smart almost added to the scoreline when he saw a shot deflected wide of the target.
Soon after the start of the second half City thought they had taken the league when Muddel found the net only for play to be called back for a foul inside their own half. City midfielder Tom Miller headed wide of the target while Muddel fired wide after a poor clearance by keeper Wooley.
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As the half progressed Charlton came more and more into the game with Donovan Simmonds hitting the side netting, but with 72 minutes on the clock he went even closer with a spectacular diving header that crashed back off the crossbar but the danger was far from over for the Canaries when substitute Stair Lozeno-Calderon latched onto the rebound to fire in a low shot past Declan Rudd.
Just three minutes later the visitors extended their lead, again it was from one of the substitutes when Josh Wirght fired a shot into the top right hand corner. Williams introduced Luke Daley into the attack but Charlton defended in depth and City could find no way back.
t Norwich: Rudd, Cooper, Yong, McLean, Revell, Miller, Byrne, Kelly, Renton, Muddel (Daley, 70), Smart. Not used: Quaye, Arnold, Lathrope.
t Chartlon: Wooley, Solly, Clark, Staunton, Colman, Thomas, Simmonds, Saunders (Baxter, 47), Kissi (Lozeno-Calderon, 60), Arter (Wright, 45). Wagstaff. Not used: Nielsen.
t Norwich City man of the match: Paul McLean.
It was a similar scoreline for Ian Thornton's U16s but this time it was in the Canaries' favour with goals coming from Nick Davey, Danny Kelly and Korey Smith.