Canaries youngsters beaten by BluesNORWICH City Under-18s went down 5-0 to league leaders Chelsea at Cobham Training Centre on Saturday.
The Blues sit five points clear at the top of the Barclays Under-18s Premier League South, and they displayed their class to make it 10 games without defeat in all competitions.
However, it was the Canaries who started brightest, and they came within inches of taking an early lead when George Couzen's low drive struck the post following Benny Ashley-Seal's effort being blocked in the third minute.
It was not until the midway point of the opening half that the hosts began to seriously test City goalkeeper Aston Oxborough, but the 16-year-old was equal to efforts from Ruben Sammut and Miro Muheim.
Switzerland youth international Muheim then provided the spark to break the deadlock in fortuitous fashion on 33 minutes, when his strike deflected off both posts before rebounding kindly into the path of Hubert Adamczyk to tuck home.
City responded well to a cruel blow, and almost responded instantly when a fine solo-run from Couzens culminated in the forward firing into the arms of Chelsea's Jared Thompson.
With 10 minutes remaining before the interval, the home side introduced Kyle Scott off the bench, and the substitute soon made his impact felt by putting his team 2-0 up with a precise strike from distance.
Following the restart, Jerry Gill's youngsters continued to search for a way back into the contest, but found themselves restricted to half-chances by an organised Blues back-line.
The visitors were equally determined in defence, with a brave block from Joe Crowe denying Adamczyk ahead of Devante Aransibia drawing a good save from Thompson at the other end.
Shortly after the hour-mark, Chelsea clinched a crucial third goal following a spell of City pressure when Muheim lashed in from 25-yards with the help of a slight deflection.
Further gloss was added to the scoreline by substitute Tammy Abraham, who notched his 22nd and 23rd goals of a stellar campaign in the 76th and 89th minute to complete the scoring.
Next up for City's U18s is a home meeting with Leicester City at Colney on Saturday (12pm).
FULL-TIME: Chelsea 5-0 Norwich City
NORWICH CITY: Oxborough (GK); Ramsay, Boateng (Sambu 85), Pollock, Crowe, Ellesley, Black (McIntosh 71), Aransibia, Ashley-Seal, Cantwell (c), Couzens.