Canaries edged out by Everton
TWO early goals condemned Norwich City’s Under-21s to a 2-1 defeat away at Everton on Sunday in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
After going 2-0 down, City’s Jacob Murphy responded before the break, but the young Canaries were unable to claw their way back and now face a crucial tie with West Ham at Colney on December 17 to determine their final position in the Group One table.
It was Magaye Gueye who gave Everton the lead on just eight minutes when he latched onto a Apostolos Vellios pass and fired low past City ‘keeper Remi Matthews.
The Toffees’ fine start continued just five minutes later, this time Conor McAleny getting himself on the scoresheet. Gueye turned provider with a well-timed ball over the top, and McAleny nipped in ahead of Matthews to tap the ball into an unguarded net.
Scott Marshall’s spirited Canaries battled their way back into proceedings however, and ten minutes before half time Jacob Murphy showed great strength to ride the challenge of Tyias Browning and slide the ball past the Everton ‘keeper.
After the break City started the brighter of the two sides, but were unable to get the all-important equaliser, and Everton then began to press.
Matthew Kennedy and Gueye both struck the woodwork with fine efforts, and despite a late City charge, in which they had a strong penalty appeal turned down by the referee, the home side were able to hold on for the win.
FULL-TIME: Everton Under-21s 2, Norwich City Under-21s 1
CITY: Matthews, Barker, McNeil, Gafaiti, Toffolo, Clunan, Durojaiye, King, Josh Murphy, Jacob Murphy, Loza
SUBS: Norman, Morris, McGeehan, McFadden