Seagulls edge out City youngstersTHE Canaries’ Under-18s were narrowly beaten by Brighton & Hove Albion in their final Barclays U18s Premier League game of 2014 at Colney on Saturday.
Brighton began positively, and would have taken an early lead courtesy of Ben Barclay’s header had it not been for some determined defending from the City back-line seeing the ball cleared to safety.
The away side did go in front with their next meaningful attack however, when James Tilley rounded off a smart move led by Connor Pring and George Cox with a composed finish on 16 minutes.
Despite seeing less of the ball during the opening half, Jerry Gill’s side displayed impressive discipline to hold their shape and consequently restricted their opponents to half-chances until the interval.
City grew into the game in the second period, and looked to test visiting goalkeeper Bailey Vose from long-range on multiple occasions as they began to exert extended pressure on the away goal.
However, the Canaries found themselves unable to salvage a result from the contest despite their best efforts as Vose kept them at bay.
Brighton almost made the victory more secure in the dying seconds, but City goalkeeper Aston Oxborough produced a fine save to prevent Tilley from adding to his earlier strike following a fluid counter-attack.
City’s next competitive fixture sees them travel to Doncaster Rovers in the FA Youth Cup Third Round on Thursday 18 December (7pm), with the academy league programme returning in January.
FULL-TIME:Norwich City 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
GOALS: Brighton: James Tilley (16)
NORWICH CITY: Oxborough; Efete, Syme, Grant, Fox, Burgess, Eaton-Collins, Byrne-Hewitt, Ashley-Seal, Cantwell, Jamal Lewis. Subs not used: Beauchamp, Black, Couzens, Cole, Boateng.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION: Vose; Courtney, White, Barclay, Cox (Barnett, 70); Hutchinson, Collar, Tighe (Meyers, 87); Maguire-Drew, Pring (Mar Larusson, 63), Tilley. Subs not used: Hobbs.