Comprehensive win for Neil Adams' side
NORWICH City’s Under-18s roared to a sensational 4-0 victory over Arsenal in the Academy Premier League on Saturday to pick up their first home win of the season in fine style.
Goals from the excellent Cameron Norman (pictured), Roderick Young, Cameron McGeehan, and Carlton Morris sealed the points for Neil Adams’ team, who featured just two second-year scholars in a youthful side.
The Canaries were excellent from start to finish and after a difficult run of results, the youngsters returned to form just in time, with a FA Youth Cup Third Round tie against Queens Park Rangers at Carrow Road set to take place on December 5.
City could have been ahead as early as the first minute, but the referee failed to spot what looked like a trip on Morris as the striker closed in on goal.
However Adams’ side didn’t have to wait long for the breakthrough as in the seventh minute Norman was alert to steal the ball from the Gunners’ left-back before coolly finishing into the bottom corner.
Norman then turned provider a few minutes later with a dangerous cross from the right wing which the visitors failed to clear, allowing Young to tap home for 2-0.
The Gunners then had a goal rightly disallowed for a foul on a City defender, but the Canaries soon went up the other end and won a penalty through Morris.
Captain McGeehan stepped up to the mark and dispatched his spot kick with ease to give City a seemingly unassailable 3-0 lead.
Arsenal’s Arinse Uade then saw red just before the break for a second yellow for kicking the ball away.
After the break Adams’ Canaries picked up where they left off and it was 4-0 by the 53rd minute. McGeehan’s excellent free kick was palmed into the path of Morris by the Arsenal ‘keeper, who reacted well to fire the ball into the net.
Late on the Canaries had chances to further extend their lead through Rian Carroll and Rhys Browne as they toyed with the Gunners, but in the end they had to settle for four goals from a dominant performance at Colney.
CITY: Sharpe, Carroll, Grant, Hayden, Lokko, Wyatt, Norman (Sarmento, 64), Young, Morris (Browne, 64), McGeehan, Hodd (Fox, 85)
SUBS NOT USED: Oxborough, Eaton-Collins.