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19 January 2015

City youngsters impress away from Carrow Road

Cameron McGeehan enjoyed a dream Football League debut for Cambridge United by scoring twice in their emphatic 4-0 Sky Bet League Two win over Newport County.

With just five minutes gone, the young midfielder offered warning signs as to what was to come when he rattled an effort off the crossbar.

Having been denied by the woodwork on that occasion, McGeehan wasted little time in making his mark at the Abbey Stadium; rifling home a loose ball from Ryan Donaldson’s low cross seven minutes later.

City’s FA Youth Cup-winning captain of 2013 then doubled his personal tally shortly after the hour-mark by converting another Donaldson centre, and was deservedly named Man of the Match for his highly-acclaimed performance.

Another young Canary to receive such an honour this weekend was Harry Toffolo, who was the pick of Swindon Town’s team during their 3-1 victory over Chesterfield United in Sky Bet League One.

The defender continued his recent trend of creating goals for his colleagues, with his 17th minute cross being met by Jack Stephens to put the Robins in front.

Toffolo has established himself as a first-choice at the County Ground, where he is regularly joined in the starting XI by fellow Norwich loan export, Louis Thompson.

The 20-year-old midfielder was signed by former City manager Neil Adams at the end of the summer transfer window, before immediately being loaned back to his original club for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season.

To date, Thompson has made 30 appearances in all competitions over the course of the current campaign, with Swindon’s latest result seeing them remain at the top of the league on goal-difference.

Their nearest challengers are Bristol City, who saw off a Scunthorpe United side featuring Jacob Murphy 2-0 at Glanford Park.

Wembley-born Murphy played the full 90 minutes, but the Iron’s chances of mounting a serious challenge in the match were effectively ended when they lost both their first and second choice goalkeepers to broken arms in the opening half.

There was also a League One appearance for Jamar Loza, who made his Yeovil Town debut as the strugglers beat play-off hopefuls Bradford City 1-0 at Huish Park.

Having completed a loan switch to the Somerset side at the end of last week, Loza started in a new-look strike partnership alongside Gozie Ugwu, before being substituted in the final minute.

In the fourth tier, Carlton Morris added another match to his name as York City fell to a 2-0 defeat against Stevenage at Bootham Crescent.

Morris was introduced to the game with 22 minutes remaining, meaning he has now made a total of six cameos off the bench for the Minstermen since joining them on a temporary deal in November.

Finally, Ricky van Wolfswinkel featured as a 66th minute substitute for St-Etienne as they drew 0-0 away to Rennes in France’s Ligue 1 on Sunday.

That appearance followed a full 90 minutes of action during Les Verts’ 1-0 League Cup home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on target for the visitors.

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