Young Canaries march into semi-finals
A STUNNING second half display from Norwich City’s Under-21s fired them to a 6-3 victory over King’s Lynn Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup Quarter-Final at the FDC on Saturday.
Jacob Murphy celebrated signing his professional contract by bagging a hat-trick, whilst skipper Olumide Durojaiye netted a brace to add to Jamar Loza’s second half strike in a fine display of goalscoring from Scott Marshall’s side.
Danny Beaumont had put Lynn ahead in the early stages, and whilst George Thomson added a brace of his own, the visitors just couldn’t respond to the Canaries’ five second half strikes.
Twins Josh (pictured) and Jacob Murphy started on either flank in a 4-4-1-1 formation for Norwich, just a day after the 17-year-olds signed their first professional contracts with the Club, as City pushed for a repeat of last season’s 1-0 victory over Lynn at the same stage.
It didn’t start according to plan however, as Beaumont put the visitors ahead in just the fifth minute, capitalising on a defensive error to make it 1-0 following a Danny White pass.
Josh Murphy then saw an effort well saved before picking out his brother Jacob with a cross-field ball to the right that resulted in the latter being brought down in the area for a penalty by Jordan Yong.
The responsibility fell to Durojaiye at the spot kick, and he duly kept his cool to slot the ball home, making the score 1-1.
The goal seemed to spur City into life as they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession without being able to threaten the Lynn goal on too many occasions – despite efforts from Jacob Murphy and Loza.
HALF-TIME: Norwich City Under-21s 1, King’s Lynn Town 1
That all changed after the break as the Canaries came racing out of the blocks with two quick-fire goals.
The first came courtesy of Durojaiye, following some slack defending by the visitors at a corner. It fell to Josh Murphy to have an effort at goal, which rebounded back into the path of Durojaiye, who did well to finish in a crowded box on 48 minutes.
It was then 3-1 with a goal just two minutes later, and what a goal it was. Playing from the right flank, Jacob Murphy launched an unstoppable 25-yard screamer that flew past Alex Street in the Lynn goal.
Gary Satchell’s men then had Street to thank again soon after as he did brilliantly to cut out another Jacob Murphy effort, whilst Cameron King’s close-range effort was deflected over the bar following some excellent defending.
Despite City’s dominance Lynn soon found themselves back to within just one goal on the hour mark when Thomson’s effort took a significant deflection to send the ball past Remi Matthews and make it 3-2.
Buoyed by the goal, Lynn began to threaten once again and Jamie Thurlbourne went close with a menacing effort, only to see the young Canaries hit back in fine style.
Loza was in the right place at the right time to slot home after a driven Reece Hall-Johnson strike was deflected into his path for 4-2, before Jacob Murphy grabbed his second with an accurate left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
The game looked to be beyond Lynn’s reach at 5-2, but with three minutes of normal time left, Thomson unleashed an incredible half-volley from 30 yards to again reduce to deficit to two goals at 5-3.
However there was still time for another goal, and it went in City’s favour. Jacob Murphy’s run and finish completed his hat-trick and capped off a fine individual display from the promising 17-year-old.
The 6-3 victory gives City a well-deserved place in the semi-finals, the details of which will be announced on www.canaries.co.uk in due course.
FULL-TIME: Norwich City Under-21s 6, King's Lynn Town 3
CITY: Matthews, McNeil, Toffolo, Clunan (McGeehan, 85), McFadden (Norman, 78), Gafaiti, Jacob Murphy, Oli Durojaiye, Loza, King (Hall-Johnson, 78), Josh Murphy
SUBS NOT USED: Wyatt, Morris.
KING’S LYNN: Street, Buhlemann, Fryatt (Biles, 81), Lee, Yong (Watson, 54), White, Thomson, Quigley, Thurlbourne, Tolley (Spriggs, 41), Beaumont.
SUBS NOT USED: Gay, McLeish