All you need to know ahead of tonight's second leg against ForestNORWICH CITY (1) v NOTTINGHAM FOREST (0)
FA Youth Cup Semi-Final Second Leg
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
NORWICH CITY’s Under-18s carry a narrow one-goal advantage going into Tuesday night’s second leg against Nottingham Forest after Reece Hall-Johnson’s late winner at the City Ground last week.
Carrow Road is expecting a bumper crowd as the young Canaries try and reach their first FA Youth Cup Final for 30 years.
They will hope a vocal home support can carry them over the line and into a Final against either Chelsea or Liverpool, with the former leading 2-0 from their first meeting at Anfield.
Tuesday’s tie will be decided on the night, with extra-time and penalties being used if the scores are level after 90 minutes. The away goals rule doesn’t apply in this competition.
ROUTE TO THE SEMIS…
4-2 v Everton (A) 05/04/2013 – Sixth Round
2-1 v Birmingham City (H) 26/02/2013 – Fifth Round
2-1 v Millwall (H) 31/01/2013 – Fourth Round
1-0 v Queens Park Rangers (H) 05/12/2012 – Third Round
3-2 v Bolton Wanderers (H) 27/02/2013 – Sixth Round
3-2 v Huddersfield Town (H) 05/02/2013 – Fifth Round
2-1 v Rochdale (H) 16/01/2013 – Fourth Round
2-1 v Cardiff City (H) 12/12/2012 – Third Round
FROM THE DUGOUT…
Neil Adams: “It was pleasing to win the game with us not playing at our absolute best, but we know we’re going to be up against it tomorrow.
“There’s no easy ride, and if we’re not at it we’ll play the penalty. We need to be on top of our game, doing the right things and if that happens, then hopefully we’ll be going into the Final.
“I’ve just been told that there’s 6,500 already sold, so if we can get even more people down there then we’re in for a great atmosphere and the lads would thrive on that.”
FROM THE DRESSING ROOM…
Cameron McGeehan: “We’ve all been working so hard in our careers so far, and this is the pinnacle of youth football. To be playing at Carrow Road in front of 6500 people will be great.
“We’ll enjoy it but we’ll also work hard and try and get the right result as well.
“There’s an element of nervousness but I think that comes with being in a semi-final. Everyone’s a bit more up for it.”
Nottingham Forest Head of Academy Gary Brazil: “I told the boys on Friday morning that if somebody had said to them in June that they would be going into the second-leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final a goal down, with 90 minutes to turn it around, they’d have snapped their hand off.
“We need to make sure we get to the final – we want it really badly. We’ve worked hard for it all season and we won’t let go of it lightly,” he told Forest’s official website.
L – 0-7 v Middlesbrough (H) 13/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
W – 1-0 v Nottingham Forest (A) 10/04/2013 – FA Youth Cup Semi-Final First Leg
W – 4-2 v Everton (A) 05/04/2013 – FA Youth Cup Sixth Round
W – 2-0 v Newcastle United (A) 30/03/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
D – 1-1 v Manchester City (A) 16/03/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
D – 0-0 v Derby County (H) 13/04/2013 – U18s League
L – 0-1 v Norwich City (H) 10/04/2013 - FA Youth Cup Semi-Final First Leg
D – 0-0 v Sheffield Wednesday (A) 06/04/2013 – U18s League
L – 2-7 v Leeds United (H) 30/03/2013 – U18s League
L – 0-3 v Huddersfield Town (H) 16/03/2013 – U18s League
Canaries coach: Neil Adams
Forest coach: Steve Chettle
Canaries squad: Will Britt (GK); Ben Wyatt, Cameron Norman, Harry Barker, Harry Toffolo, Kevin Lokko, Kyle McFadden; Cameron King, Cameron McGeehan, Harvey Hodd, Henry Randall, Jacob Murphy, Josh Murphy, Joe Peacock, Reece Hall-Johnson, Rian Carroll; Carlton Morris, Dominic St Louis, Rhys Browne.
Forest squad: Ross Durrant (GK), Aaron Myles (GK), Jordan Smith (GK); Elliott Ackroyd, Kieran Fenton, Lawrence Gorman, Eurico Sebastiao; Jack Blake, Michael Hollingsworth, Deimantas Petravicius, Josh Thomas, Kieran Wallace, Jack Mulraney, Aristote Kamameno Amisi, Wilfried Gnahore; Daniel Elliott, Morgan Ferrier, Derrick Otim, Jordan Ramone Palmer-Samuels.
£2 for all age groups.
The game is also to be broadcast live on ITV4 and BBC Radio Norfolk. Live audio commentary will be available on Canaries Player.
To get your ticket to support the lads in their quest for FA Youth Cup glory call 0844 826 1902, go online or visit the ticket office at Carrow Road, or Canary Stores in person.