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21 July 2015

Valuable minutes for City youngsters

A GROUP of City's younger squad members got some useful game time as the Under-21s beat SV Kirchdorf 7-0 on Tuesday.

Ignasi Miquel, Louis Thompson and Josh Murphy were among those who featured in a comfortable win for the development squad in the first of two matches on their pre-season training camp in Austria.

With the first-team based only 45 minutes away, manager Alex Neil was in attendance to see the Canaries' youngsters ease to victory among picturesque surroundings in the Tirol resort.

Jamie Eaton-Collins bagged a hat-trick for City, with Louis Ramsay, Jamar Loza, Michee Efete and Cameron Norman notching the other goals.

Eaton-Collins forced the first save of the game from a narrow angle six minutes in, with City quickly taking control.

Trialist Afolabi Coker then nodded over from a corner before the home stopper was called into action again, blocking Murphy's shot after Jamar Loza had exploited space in the right channel.

Ray Grant and Cameron King were seeing plenty of the ball in midfield but Kirchdorf's structure was denying the Canaries the opportunity to make final third inroads in the early part of the contest.

When Eaton-Collins was felled 25 yards from goal, Grant sized up the free-kick but the defensive wall did its job, and patience became the key virtue for the visitors.

King's eye for an incisive pass paid dividends, however, on 27 minutes - Murphy had flicked the ball into his feet, and the central man slotted his pass to Ramsey, who finished across the goalkeeper and off the far post.

City's second came within three minutes and owed to Murphy's acceleration down the left which enabled him to cross towards Loza, and after he challenged with the 'keeper the ball dropped to Eaton-Collins, who from two yards out and with an open goal simply couldn't miss.

Loza was soon to get on the scoresheet himself, rounding the 'keeper before slotting home on 34 minutes as the Canaries pressed home their advantage.

Cameron Norman, captain for the night, flashed a drive wide before Murphy's jinxing run offered up the chance to find the far corner, but his effort deflected off the outside of the post.

HALF-TIME: SV Kirchdorf 0-3 Norwich City

City made five changes at the break, introducing each outfield member of their strong bench but it was a player that started who added their fourth goal three minutes into the second half as Eaton-Collins bundled in from close range.

Ramsay, who had moved into a more advanced right wing position, tested the Kirchdorf 'keeper with a firm shot but the Canaries struck their next blow on 68 minutes.

Efete, who had been one of the half-time entrants, rose assertively at the back-post to head home and increase his team's tally to five.

The pace of game had slowed before Norman added his name to the scorers on 76, steering home from inside the box after Ramsay had shown good awareness by making the pass.

Eaton-Collins completed his treble and the scoring three minutes later with a deft finish.

The youngsters will face Turkish side Gaziantepsor is what is expected to be a much sterner test in Schwaz on Thursday (6pm kick-off).

FULL-TIME: SV Kirchdorf 0-7 Norwich City

GOALS: Canaries: Louis Ramsay (27), Jamie Eaton-Collins (30, 48, 79), Jamar Loza (34), Michee Efete (68), Cameron Norman (76).

NORWICH CITY: Killip; Ramsay, Crowe, Coker (Miquel 45), Awuah (Efete 45); Norman (c), Grant; Eaton-Collins, King (Thompson 45), Josh Murphy (McGrandles 45); Loza (Hall-Johnson 45). Subs not used: Oxborough (GK).

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