Norwich City Under-18s progress through to the next round of the FA Youth Cup after beating Port Vale 3-2 at Vale Park.
Sam Blair replaced Ryan Dickerson in goal for the Under-18s, Dickerson started on the bench. Jordan Thomas, Atli Barkarson, Andrew Omobamidele and Louis Lomas all started in defence for the Canaries.
City also started with the same midfield as they did against Newcastle United last time out. The midfield included Zac Dronfield, Ethen Vaughan, Saul Milovanovic and Josh Giurgi. The Canaries second change to the line-up saw suspended Isak Thorvaldsson replaced by Tyrese Omotoye who started up front alongside Adam Idah.
In the opening stages of the game City were forced into making some key interceptions to stop the home side from getting through on goal. Omobamidele made a brilliant last ditch tackle on the edge of the box to stop Port Vale striker Max Chimines from getting his shot off.
Just over 10 minutes in, a long ball over the top of the Vale defence found Idah who brought the ball down with an excellent first touch, however the City striker couldn’t keep his shot on target and blasted wide from a tight angle.
City were having to be patient, despite having the majority of possession but the home side were defending well against the visitors attacking threat.
Ten minutes before half-time City had the best chance of the first-half. Vaughan used a tidy bit of skill to find space on the right-hand side before sending in a teasing cross to the near post. Adam Idah received the ball on the edge of the six-yard box before he turned his man and placed the ball just wide of Gregors goal.
Moments later Idah set up Milovanovic on the edge of the area, but the midfielders shot drifted well wide of Gregors goal and the ball ran out for a goal kick.
City got the second half under way, but it was the home side that had the first chance of the second half. However Wakefield’s free kick from around 25-yards was caught comfortably by Blair in the City goal.
Five minutes later City went close. Defender Omobamidele got onto the end of a corner at the back post following Idah’s flick-on but the City number four could only guide the ball wide of the Port Vale goal.
City started to dominate the ball as the second half progressed, and with just over 20 minutes of the game to play the Canaries went a goal up. Milovanovic picked up the ball from around 25-yards out before taking a touch inside and curling the ball into the top right corner of the goal.
A few minutes later, City midfielder Vaughan put City two goals up after a well worked move on the right-hand side. The ball was pulled back to Vaughan inside the penalty area before he stroked the ball into the bottom corner of Gregors goal.
With just under ten minutes remaining, the home side pulled a goal back. Jackson poked the ball home at the back post following a flick on from a corner. Moments later, Port Vale were level following a well worked free kick which was finished off by Max Beeston who smashed past Blair.
City went back in front right at the death. Barkarson’s corner in the 89th minute curled straight into Port Vale’s goal and ended up being the match winning goal after an action packed second half which saw five goals scored.
City starting XI: Blair; Thomas, Barkarson, Omobamidele, Lomas (c), Milovanovic, Vaughan (Richardson 83), Dronfield, Idah, Omotoye, Giurgi (Keller 57).
Unused Subs: Ahmadi, Dickerson (GK), Berkeley.