Young Canaries impress in friendly victory over Reading
NORWICH City's under-18s enjoyed an excellent 1-0 victory against Reading at Colney on Saturday afternoon in a game arranged for the Academy audit process.
After suffering a 4-1 reverse against the Royals only seven days earlier, the young Canaries responded in fine fashion with a performance that merited significantly more than just a one goal margin of victory.
Norwich took the game to Reading from the start and created several goalscoring opportunities off the back of some excellent passing football.
The lively Rhys Browne opened the scoring after 15 minutes following some neat link-play with fellow striker Carlton Morris, and it looked as though his strike might open the floodgates, as City were dominating both in terms of possession and territory.
The second half proved more of an even affair, with Reading enjoying more of the ball than had previously been the case as a result of changing their formation to match City's diamond midfield shape, but come the final whistle there was no denying that City had been full value for their victory.
Afterwards, coach Neil Adams was full of praise for his side's efforts, saying, "We played some terrific football today, particularly in the opening 45 minutes which was particularly pleasing considering we underperformed in the first half against Reading the previous week.
"The manner of our approach play and also the effectiveness in which we prevented Reading from playing themselves was of a very high standard in the first half, and although Reading came at us more in the second half, I have to say that overall it was very good display and one that rewarded us for the work we had put in on the training ground."
FULL-TIME: Norwich City U18s 1, Reading U18s 0
CITY: Matthews, Carroll, Randall, Lokko, Wyatt, McGeehan, Hall-Johnson (Eaton-Collins 60), Hodd (Grant 65), King, Morris, Browne (St Louis 45)
*Photograph kindly provided by John Landamore