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CITY U18S GO DOWN TO LATE GOAL

18 August 2012

Young Canaries lose 1-0 to Blackburn in opener

A CRUEL stoppage time goal from Blackburn’s Brice Wassi condemned Norwich City under-18s to a 1-0 defeat in their opening fixture of the 2012-13 season on Saturday.

The substitute side-footed a low cross from Dean Rittenberg past Remi Matthews to edge what was an even game in the home side’s favour, much to the Canaries’ disappointment.

City enjoyed arguably the better of the opening exchanges, with Carlton Morris having the best of them, coming after a mistake by Rovers defender Ryan Thompson, only to see his shot fly over the bar.

Rovers ‘keeper David Raya then produced a series of fine saves to deny City a goal, whilst at the other end Matthews was in equally fine form to turn Luke Wall’s shot over the crossbar.

With the game seemingly drifting towards a draw, midfielder Wassi then won the game for Rovers, robbing City of what would have been a well-deserved point.

Coach Neil Adams was full of praise for his side’s efforts though, telling Canaries.co.uk: “We were naturally disappointed to lose out so late in the game, and especially so after having had the chances to have secured all three points. 

“But the most pleasing thing of all was the way we went about our business. We got the ball down and played in the manner we are looking for our Academy players to play. 

“We are a very young side, but providing I get the effort and application that I received from the players today, I won’t be complaining.” 

ROVERS: Raya, Vicars, Butterwick, Thompson, Bauress, Brown, Boland, Harris (Wassi 75), Laverty (Wall 85), Preston, Humphreys (Rittenberg 65)
SUBS NOT USED: Joel, Langford.

CITY:
Matthews; Norman, McFadden, Lokko, Wyatt; McGeehan, Hodd, Randall; Carroll (Eaton Collins 70), Morris, Browne
SUBS NOT USED: Grant, Simpson


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