Hall-Johnson and Efete on target for CanariesNORWICH CITY’s Under-21s scored twice in the final six minutes to secure a 2-1 comeback victory over West Ham United at Rush Green on Friday evening.
Reece Hall-Johnson and then Michee Efete turned the game around for Paul Wilkinson’s Canaries as they consolidated their position in the Barclays Under-21s Premier League with three points.
The first of their final three matches of the season is against Everton at Carrow Road on Monday night (7pm), with FREE entry available for all supporters.
Mark Bunn made the trip to the capital and started in goal, but City also named four scholars in their starting eleven, including Efete and Ray Grant who have agreed one-year professional contracts with the Club.
West Ham started the better and hit the woodwork twice, first through Jordan Brown and then skipper Josh Cullen.
Carlton Morris flashed a header wide before Joe Crowe missed the target from 12 yards as the Canaries paved a way back into the contest.
Five minutes after half-time, the Hammers took the lead after a pinpoint strike by Brown.
The left-back collected the ball up 25 yards from goal and picked his spot beyond the helpless Bunn, converting arguably the most difficult of a selection of chances so far in the game.
Cameron Norman saw a header retrieved by West Ham ‘keeper Sam Howes, before Brown missed the chance to add a second by looping his own header over the bar.
Howes denied Sam Kelly but after West Ham spurned three chances in the space of two minutes, Wilkinson’s youngsters drew level on 84 minutes.
Hall-Johnson controlled a cross before firing a drive into the roof of the net; an equaliser of the highest quality.
A minute later, the right-back turned provider, teeing up Efete at the back-post to smash home the winning goal.
FULL-TIME:West Ham United 1-2 Norwich City
NORWICH CITY: Bunn, Hall-Johnson, Efete, Grant, McFadden (c), Crowe, Norman, McGrandles, Morris, Cantwell (Ramsay 50), Kelly. Subs not used: Black, Beauchamp (GK), Byrne-Hewitt.
Under-21s vs Everton, Monday April 20, 7pm
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