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17 May 2016

Canaries defeat local rivals in charity clash

NORWICH City's Under-16s retained the Hospital Cup with a 2-1 win over East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, helping to raise funds for the East Anglian Children's Hospice in the process.

The trophy was originally contested by the Clubs' senior sides up until 1990, and returned as an Academy fixture last season after a 25-year absence as Graeme Murty led Norwich's youngsters to a 3-0 success at Portman Road.

Enjoying home advantage this time around, City rose to the task by producing an efficient and energetic display which saw them deservedly claim bragging rights.

The hosts got off the perfect start when Glenn Middleton fired them in front superbly on seven minutes, but Town levelled soon after when Albert Wilton tucked home from close-range.

Both goalkeepers made a string of fine saves, before Anthony Spyrou's composed finish ensured the Canaries went into the interval ahead following a competitive first half.

Ipswich tested City's defensive resolve early in the second period, but Darren Huckerby's side rose to the challenge presented to them by determinedly keeping their opponents at bay.

Such resilience was ultimately rewarded by victory, with goalkeeper Fergal Hale-Brown stooping low in injury-time to help his side close out the game with few major concerns.

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