Kane double helps City earn win at Colney
CITY’s under-21 development squad secured a comfortable three points as loan striker Harry Kane stepped up his recovery to grab himself a double at Colney.
In the last match of the development squads' initial round of fixtures, the returning Kane quickly put the Canaries ahead as he made the most of some good work on the wing from Jamar Loza to tap home and put City ahead.
Kane had previously hit the upright with a left footed shot, and his influence continued in the second half, first winning a penalty which Olumide Durojaiye converted before tapping home his second of the game and City’s third from Jacob Murphy’s cross. Nathan Mavila’s late free-kick proved to be mere consolation for the Hammers.
Speaking to Canaries Player after the match under-21 boss Scott Marshall said: “I’m delighted with the win, the lads played very well today, kept their discipline and understood their roles really well.
“It was great to have a presence like Harry in the side at this level and it was great for him as well to get the two goals. It’s a good result for us which we can now take into the next round of matches.”
In the final match of City’s Group A development squad fixtures, the Canaries took on top of the table West Ham United at the Club’s Colney training centre.
Back from Tottenham and resuming his loan period at the Club, Kane immediately caused the Hammers defence trouble as he first fired a Josh Murphy cross over the bar from close range before striking the upright just a few minutes later.
Amongst the starting line-up for the Hammers was Wales international Jack Collison, stepping up his recovery with a first start since their npower Championship play-off final victory over Blackpool. He brought the first chance for the Hammers with a glancing header, right across Remi Matthews’ goal.
It was City who took the lead however after some great play between Josh Murphy and Loza allowed the young forward space to hit a pin point cross to the feet of Kane, who tapped home from close range.
HALF TIME: Norwich City under-21s 1-0 West Ham United under-21s
Kane was soon back involved in the second half as he went down under the challenge of Perry Ruddock. Oli Durojaiye stepped up to convert from the spot to score his first goal for the development squad.
The Hammers soon had a penalty of their own as Adel Gafaiti brought down Nathan Mavila in the area, ‘keeper Matthews remained strong to turn his shot around the post.
City quickly countered and made it count as Kane grabbed his second of the match and a third for the Canaries as he tapped home a good low cross in from Jacob Murphy.
Soon a long range shot from Michael Clunan threatened a fourth only to be denied by a fantastic save from West Ham’s Raphael Spiegel, before Kane departed on 65 minutes.
City were in control and only n the 85th minute did a consolation come for the Hammers, as Nathan Mavila’s low cross in evaded everyone before nestling in the bottom corner of the net.
FULL TIME: Norwich City under-21s 3-1 West Ham United under-21s
Norwich City under-21s: Matthews, Toffolo, Clunan (Hall-Johnson 70), McNeil, Gafaiti, Jacob Murphy, Durjaiye, Kane (King 65), Loza, Josh Murphy. Subs not used: Wyatt, Morris, McGeehan.
West Ham under-21s: Spigel, Spence, Driver, Moncur, Lee, Ruddock, Mavila, Lletget, Sadlier (Harney 82), Collison (Miles 45), Shaw. Subs not used: Nasha, Baxter, Cullen