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YOUTH CUP FINAL PREVIEW

13 May 2013

All you need to know ahead of tonight's second leg

CHELSEA (0) v NORWICH CITY (1)
FA Youth Cup Final Second Leg
7.45pm kick-off
Stamford Bridge
Monday, May 13, 2013

NORWICH City’s incredible journey in the FA Youth Cup will come to an end tonight … with Neil Adams’ side on the brink of writing their own little bit of history.

It was 30 years ago last week that Dave Stringer led the Canaries’ youth team to glory with a 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, and this year’s crop of Under-18s are 90 minutes away from a glorious repeat of that triumph.

They lead holders Chelsea 1-0 going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge thanks to skipper Cameron McGeehan’s stoppage time penalty at Carrow Road a fortnight ago.

The Blues’ pedigree in this competition is well known, but with a Norwich City supporter following approaching 3000 making the trip to London, it’s an advantage they’ll be desperate to hold onto.

ROUTE TO THE FINAL…

Canaries
1-1 (5-4 on pens) v Nottingham Forest (H&A) 10/04/2013 & 16/04/2013 – Semi-Final
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

Blues
4-1 v Liverpool (H&A) 12/04/2013 & 19/04/2013 – Semi-Final
2-1 v Derby County (A) 08/03/2013 – Sixth Round
3-0 v Barnsley (H) 15/02/2013 – Fifth Round
3-2 v Charlton Athletic (A) 16/01/2013 – Fourth Round
3-2 v Colchester United (A) 01/12/2012 – Third Round

FROM THE DUGOUT…
Neil Adams: “The mood’s very good. We’re confident without being excessively confident. We’ve trained really well and done our preparations.

“We all realise how difficult it will be – as we saw in the first leg, Chelsea are a fantastic team, but we’ve got a one-goal advantage which is obviously a big boost for us.

“We’re under no illusions about how tough it will be, but one thing we can guarantee is that we’ll give every effort. I’m confident we can go and give a really good account of ourselves.”

FROM THE DRESSING ROOM…
Jacob Murphy: “It’s brilliant to have the support that we’ve had. We’ve needed them, especially against Nottingham Forest when we went down to ten men.

“All the boys relish having that support – to hear the fans chanting your name gets you going and gives you that buzz to go on the extra mile.

“As players, we’ve all been together a long time and we know each=other very well. To win the biggest youth competition there is would just the icing on the cake.”

RECENT FORM…

Blues
W – 3-1 v Crystal Palace (H) 10/05/2013 – U18s Premier League Elite Group
L – 0-3 v Reading (H) 04/05/2013 – U18s Premier League Elite Group
L – 0-1 v Norwich City (A) 29/04/2013 – FA Youth Cup Final First Leg
L – 1-3 v Everton (A) 27/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Elite Group
W – 1-0 v Bolton Wanderers (A) 23/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Elite Group

Canaries
L – 1-6 v Aston Villa (H) 09/05/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
L – 0-6 v Newcastle United (H) 07/05/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
L – 1-2 v Blackburn Rovers (H) 04/05/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
W – 1-0 v Chelsea (H) 29/04/2013 – FA Youth Cup Final First Leg
L – 1-4 v Manchester City (H) 27/04/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two

Blues coach: Adi Viveash
Canaries coach: Neil Adams

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.

Chelsea squad: Mitchell Beeney (GK), Ben Killip (GK); Ola Aina, Nathan Ake, Andreas Christensen, Dion Conroy, Fankaty Dabo, Alex Davey, Jonathan Muleba, Adam Nditi, Kevin Wright, Lewis Baker, Charlie Colkett, Tom Howard, Connor Hunte, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Isak Ssewankambo, Jesse Starkey, John Swift, Jeremie Boga, Islam Feruz, Chike Kandi, Alex Kiwomya, Reece Mitchell.








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