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REPORT: SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 UNDER-18s

1 October 2016

Young Canaries beat the Saints 1-0 away from home

NORWICH City's Under-18s emerged as 1-0 victors away to Southampton on Saturday.

The hosts were the side who started on the front foot, and City were dealing well with the pressure put on by the Saints.

City's Toby Syme was looking threatening down the left hand side at the start of the game, and looked to be the Canaries' only chance of scoring early on.

Adam Parkes did well to keep the Saints' goal empty as he palmed Devonte Aransibia's daisy-cutter away, and Southampton cleared the danger.

The home side's first chance came when Jonathan Afolabi's sprint down the left wing led to him cutting the ball back to Harry Hamblin who fired high and wide.

Just before the break, City had a lucky escape as Afolabi was on the end of a Will Smallbone cross, and headed just wide of the post.

With a goalless first-half, City had to come out of the break fighting, having been on the back-foot in the previous 45 minutes.

Toby Syme looked likely to get the opening goal, as his driven shot was saved by Southampton's 'keeper.

Not long after, Louis McIntosh saw his free-kick skim the woodwork.

After 57 minutes, the Canaries got the first and only goal of the game, as Alan Fleming's shot from close range was saved by Parkes, but the rebound fell back to him as he fired it home to put City ahead.

The Saints had the final clear chance of the game, as Smallbone's corner fell to the feet of Afolabi, who couldn't find an equaliser, as his shot was deflected away.

FULL-TIME: Southampton 0-1 Norwich City

NORWICH CITY:
Oxborough; Ellesley, Syme, Wallis (c), Aarons, Aransibia, Kamal, Fleming (Oddy, 80), Higgs, McIntosh, Payne. Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK), Akyeampong-Ekumah, Thompson-Brissett.

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