UNDER-21s boss Scott Marshall hailed the professionalism of his side as they saw off the challenge of Cromer Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final with a comfortable 4-0 victory.
A brace from Jamar Loza, plus goals from Joshua Murphy and Cameron King, meant a routine win for the young Canaries from a potentially tricky encounter on the north Norfolk coast.
Marshall said his players adapted well to the unique conditions at Cabbell Park and was ‘delighted’ with their performance.
“It was really pleasing – it wasn’t easy because it was very competitive,” he said.
“It was them coming up against Norwich City, so they were going to be motivated. I thought we dealt with it really well – the physical side of it, the pitch was difficult, the balls aren’t what we’re used to – all these little bits and pieces.
“I thought the boys were really professional, though, and coped with it well and were prepared to roll their sleeves up and have a scrap when it was needed. I’m delighted.”
The result means City will now face Wroxham in the Final at Carrow Road on Monday, May 13th, and Marshall believes the occasion is just reward for the players’ attitude in the competition.
“It’s great to get to the final, and I think they’ve deserved it,” he added.
“It’s good to play in a cup competition because we’re playing away in the league and that’s fine, but a cup competition’s a little bit different for them.
“We try and win every game, but certainly in terms of it being a cup game it’s a different experience. It tests their character and their professionalism and you find out what they’re about and whether they’re prepared to work hard and do it right when it’s not all pretty-pretty.
“They’ve done really well to get to a Final and we’re looking forward to it, plus it’s a game at Carrow Road too, which is great.”