Cameron King's goal seals third round victory
NORWICH City’s Under-18s advanced to the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round on Wednesday night with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Carrow Road.
Cameron King’s 40th minute header from Jacob Murphy’s cross was enough for Neil Adams’ side, who defended well throughout and restricted a strong Rangers side to few clear cut chances.
Several more chances fell the way of first-year scholar King throughout the match but it didn't matter as City made safe their place in the fourth round draw, which takes place on Friday, December 14.
Captained by Cameron McGeehan, manager Adams also named under-21s regulars Josh Murphy, Jacob Murphy, both former-QPR youngsters, as well as Harry Barker, Reece Hall-Johnson, and King in his side to face the R’s with the latter starting behind lone striker Carlton Morris.
It was a steady start for the Canaries, who enjoyed plenty of possession and might had have a seventh-minute opener had R’s ‘keeper Joe Lumley not been so alert to intercept King’s first-time ball to Jacob Murphy in the box.
City were pressing the visitors in all areas of the pitch, and it was no surprise when good chasing from Josh Murphy on the left forced an error from Darnell Furlong. He raced forward before unselfishly sliding King in on goal, only to see Lumley pull off a great low save to deny the 17-year-old.
Jacob Murphy then flashed a dangerous low cross in from a good position on the right, whilst in the 28th minute David Fitzpatrick saw his long ranger strike float harmlessly over the bar for QPR.
Josh Murphy then tested Lumley from the left flank – his effort well saved, before City were let off the hook in their own area as R’s striker Peter Skepetas scooped an effort up and over the bar from six yards.
The deserved breakthrough for City finally came in the 40th minute, although it was just moments after R’s centre back Emmanuel Monthe put his header just wide of the mark.
Jacob Murphy broke down the right and swung in a perfectly weighted ball to the far post, where King was on hand to power his header past Lumley and make it 1-0 to the Canaries.
HALF-TIME: Norwich City Under-18s 1, Queens Park Rangers Under-18s 0
City again started brightly after the break, with Josh Murphy flashing a 20-yarder inches wide, whilst Harry Toffolo’s header also narrowly missed the target following a free kick.
In an increasingly tight encounter, there were few chances of note until the 63rd minute when a sweetly struck McGeehan free kick was pushed away by Lumley, only for the ball to fly just over the head of the incoming Morris, fortunately for QPR.
The visitors responded with a free kick of their own, only for Conor Hubble’s powerfully hit effort to be deflected wide for a corner kick, which City dealt with well.
Despite Morris seeing an effort blocked following a great Hall-Johnson led breakaway, it was QPR who began to turn the screw in search of an equaliser, without really putting Sharpe to the test.
City were given a brief reprieve from a spell of QPR pressure in the 81st minute courtesy of a good advantage played by referee Marc Wilson. Jacob Murphy skipped past his man on the right and drove a low left-footed shot from 25 yards, only for Lumley to pull off a good stop.
In the 88th minute Hall-Johnson was booked for a foul on the right flank, resulting in a wickedly taken free kick for QPR, which evaded everybody in the box and somehow managed to stay out of the net.
Then with the final attack of the match great work from Ben Wyatt on the left engineered an opening for King, but after a couple of neat touches in the area, he blazed an effort over the crossbar.
FULL-TIME: Norwich City Under-18s 1, Queens Park Rangers Under-18s 0
CITY: Sharpe, Barker, Wyatt, Callan-McFadden, McGeehan, Toffolo, Jacob Murphy, Hall-Johnson, Morris, King, Josh Murphy
SUBS NOT USED: Norman, Gill, Lokko, Hodd, Young
QPR: Lumley, Furlong, Kpekawa, Comley, Downes (c), Monthe, Petrasso, Hunt-Laurent, Skepetas, Hubble (Adehone 85), Fitzpatrick (Carreiro 69)
SUBS NOT USED: Smith, Daly, Buck