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19 July 2016

Youngsters hit five in Austria friendly

NORWICH City's Under-21s recorded an emphatic 5-0 friendly victory over Ferencvaros Under-21s in their pre-season friendly in Pinkafeld.

Glenn Middleton opened the scoring after the travelling Canaries had kept their opponents at arm's length from the first whistle, and Diallang Jaiyesimi and Ray Grant quickly added to the scoreline.

Middleton and Jamie Eaton-Collins netted either side of the break, with the youngsters easily maintaining contol over the remainder of the contest.

City were the better team from the get go but initially struggled to get Ashley-Seal involved in the game, despite having the lion's share of possession.

A pass from the influential Todd Cantwell helped earn them a deserved lead on 27 minutes - the attacking midfielder, who played for the first team at Peterborough United on Saturday, slotted the ball through to Middleton, who finished with his left foot.

One became two five minutes later when Jaiyesimi turned home Ashley-Seal's square ball from close range, and the Canaries' striker turned provider again soon after, teeing up Grant for a confident drilled finish from the edge of the box.

Ferencvaros were firmly on the back foot, and City added a fourth four minutes before half-time when Ashley-Seal intercepted a back pass and shot from a narrow angle, with Middleton firing home on the goal-line.

Louis McIntosh and Eaton-Collins were introduced at the break, and the latter took no time make an impact, netting with his first touch just two minutes into the second half.

City remained in command for the rest of the friendly, with the Hungarians only drawing Ben Killip into action with two efforts from range.

The Canaries will now prepare for Friday's friendly against FC Slovacko, played at the same time and venue.

NORWICH CITY: Killip (c); Ramsay, Crowe, Efete, Lewis; Grant, Sambu (McIntosh 45); Jaiyesimi (Middleton 66), Cantwell, Middleton (Eaton-Collins 45); Ashley-Seal. Subs not used: Oxborough (GK).

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