Youngsters perform well in defeat at Colney
GOALS in each half were enough to condemn City’s under-18s to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Reading in an entertaining game at Colney on Saturday.
City performed well against their opponents, who took the lead through Craig Tanner, but couldn’t peg them back before a controversial second goal from Uche Ikepeazu sealed the win amid strong suspicions of handball.
The progression of a number of players from coach Neil Adams’ squad to the under-21s development squad presented an opportunity for players from the under-16s to make the step up in level. A total of four U-16s were on the pitch at final whistle, including Ray Grant – son of former City Manager Peter.
Adams’ team fared well, particularly in the second half when they dominated the possession for long spells, but unfortunately were unable to get the rewards despite efforts from Rian Carroll and Harvey Hodd as the Royals saw out the win.
Afterwards, coach Adams revealed that he was pleased with his side’s efforts, adding: “I was particularly happy with our attitude and application today, and the players can be pleased with the tempo of their game.
“In fairness we should have taken something from the contest, but we were left to rue squandering four very good chances in the second half.
“Reading’s second goal came from as clear a handball as you’ll see. But overall, and considering the composition of our team, we gave a good account of ourselves today.”
FULL-TIME: Norwich City U-18 0, Reading U-18s
CITY: Matthews, Norman, Wyatt, Hodd, McFadden, Lokko, Carroll, St Louis (Simpson, 63), Morris (Sweeny, 61), Grant, Browne (Gibson, 79). Subs (not used) Gill, Fox