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YOUTH CUP FINAL PREVIEW

PUBLISHED

17:05 29th April 2013

by Ben Mouncer

A look ahead to tonight's first leg against Chelsea

NORWICH CITY v CHELSEA
FA Youth Cup Final First Leg
7.45pm kick-off
Carrow Road
Monday, April 29, 2013

The Canaries’ run to the FA Youth Cup Final has captured the imagination of Norwich City’s fans… and tonight’s first leg will provide further evidence of that with a vocal support expected at Carrow Road.

The Under-18s have been gradually introduced to the benefits and challenges of playing in front of a crowd, but this evening’s clash will likely surpass anything they’ve experienced previously.

On the pitch, Neil Adams’ side will be fully aware of the threat posed by Chelsea – the current holders of the competition and occupants of the Elite Group in the Premier League’s Under-18s structure.

However, City’s youngsters will be hoping to take advantage of a similar atmosphere to the one after their dramatic penalty shootout win against Nottingham Forest and take a positive result to Stamford Bridge for the return leg in a fortnight.

ROUTE TO THE FINAL…

Canaries
1-1 (5-4 on pens) v Nottingham Forest (H&A) 10/04/2013 & 16/04/2013 – Semi-Final
4-2 v Everton (A) 05/04/2013 – Sixth Round
2-1 v Birmingham City (H) 26/02/2013 – Fifth Round
2-1 v Millwall (H) 31/01/2013 – Fourth Round
1-0 v Queens Park Rangers (H) 05/12/2012 – Third Round

Blues
4-1 v Liverpool (H&A) 12/04/2013 & 19/04/2013 – Semi-Final
2-1 v Derby County (A) 08/03/2013 – Sixth Round
3-0 v Barnsley (H) 15/02/2013 – Fifth Round
3-2 v Charlton Athletic (A) 16/01/2013 – Fourth Round
3-2 v Colchester United (A) 01/12/2012 – Third Round

FROM THE DUGOUT…
Neil Adams: “I’m really looking forward to it – we’re really excited about it and proud to have got this far. It’s a massive achievement for the Academy.

“I’ve watched Chelsea, they’ve no doubt watched us and we’ve seen what we’re up against but we’re flexible. That’s the pleasing thing with the group we’ve got.

“They beat Blackburn 4-0 in the first leg of the final at Stamford Bridge last year, so if I’m being honest, I prefer the first leg at home without a doubt, particularly with the amount of support we’re going to get.”

FROM THE DRESSING ROOM…
Harry Toffolo: “I’m absolutely buzzing and ready for it. I think the lads will relish the opportunity to play in front of 15000 to 20000 people. It’s not every day a 17 or 18-year-old lad can say that.

“It feels like everyone at the Club has come together and the fans have played their part. On behalf of the players we couldn’t have asked for any more.

“With the support of the Norwich fans I know we can get a result.”

OPPOSITION VIEW…
“It's a fantastic achievement by all the players and staff throughout the whole Academy,” manager Adi Viveash told the official Chelsea website.

“The Youth Cup means so much to everybody here and I think it's a fitting reward for all the staff who have travelled up and down the country once again to support the boys.

“I've seen a few of Norwich’s games, I saw both legs in the semi-final, but I also saw the game when they beat Everton away in the quarter-finals. It was an outstanding performance, particularly as Everton were much-fancied this season.

“They're expecting a really big crowd and it's going to be a wonderful occasion. We'll learn a lot about all of the players on the pitch, which is important for both coaches.”

RECENT FORM…

Canaries
L – 1-4 v Manchester City (H) 27/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
W – 0-1 (5-4 on pens) v Nottingham Forest (H) 16/04/2013 – FA Youth Cup Semi-Final Second Leg
L – 0-7 v Middlesbrough (H) 13/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
W – 1-0 v Nottingham Forest (A) 10/04/2013 – FA Youth Cup Semi-Final First Leg
W – 4-2 v Everton (A) 05/04/2013 – FA Youth Cup Sixth Round

Blues
L – 1-3 v Everton (A) 27/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Elite Group
W – 1-0 v Bolton Wanderers (A) 23/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Elite Group
W – 1-0 v Fulham (H) 20/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Elite Group
W – 2-1 v Liverpool (H) 19/04/2013 – FA Youth Cup Semi-Final Second Leg
L – 0-3 v Reading (A) 13/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Elite Group

Canaries coach: Neil Adams
Blues coach: Adi Viveash

Canaries squad: Will Britt (GK); Ben Wyatt, Cameron Norman, Harry Barker, Harry Toffolo, Kevin Lokko, Kyle McFadden; Cameron King, Cameron McGeehan, Harvey Hodd, Henry Randall, Jacob Murphy, Josh Murphy, Joe Peacock, Reece Hall-Johnson, Rian Carroll; Carlton Morris, Dominic St Louis, Rhys Browne.

Chelsea squad: Mitchell Beeney (GK), Ben Killip (GK); Sam Bangura, Fankaty Dabo, Nortei Nortey, Jonathan Muleba, Andreas Christensen, Kevin Wright, Ambrose Gnahore, Jesse Starkey, Jordan Houghton, Dion Conroy; Tom Howard, John Swift, Isak Ssewankambo, George Cole, Lewis Baker; Reece Mitchell, Walter Figueira, Chike Kandi, Ismail Seremba.

TICKETS…
Tickets for the game at Carrow Road are still available priced at £2 for all supporters, with profits from ticket sales going to the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation's Sporting Light Appeal.

Supporters wishing to attend the match are asked to purchase their seat in advance of the game to avoid queues on the night.

To get your ticket to support the lads in their quest for FA Youth Cup glory call 0844 826 1902, go online or visit the ticket office at Carrow Road, or Canary Stores in person.

Parking will be available from 5.30pm at Carrow Road and at County Hall, priced at £2 per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis.

SECOND LEG…
CHELSEA v NORWICH CITY
FA Youth Cup Final Second Leg
7.45pm kick-off
Stamford Bridge
Monday, May 13, 2013

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