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3 April 2017

City youngsters into final four of domestic cup competition

NORWICH City Under-23s produced an excellent display to progress to the Premier League Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 victory away to Liverpool on Monday night.

Having suffered disappointment in the Premier League International Cup at the end of last week, City's youngsters responded in perfect fashion with a performance of great maturity in Chester. 

Seizing control of the tempo early on in the first half, the visitors perhaps should have gone ahead inside the first 120 seconds when Conor McGrandles backheeled wide from inside the area.

A strong start did come with reward on ten minutes, however, Ebou Adams backing up a fine showing in his previous outing by carrying out of midfield before lashing home from distance.

City continued to press for more, and were only denied a second goal before the interval when Diallang Jaiyesimi's curled effort struck the crossbar after impressive work on the right.

Liverpool saw more of the ball during the second period, but their opportunities were kept to a minimum by a Canaries Development Squad who maintained a strong defensive shape throughout.

In fact it would be the away side who had the better chances, striking the woodwork for a second time when Benny Ashley-Seal broke away before shooting across goal shortly after the hour-mark.

The latter stages saw several instances of dogged defending from those in yellow to keep the Reds out at all costs, with Aston Oxborough also scuttling through a packed six-yard box to make a vital stop.

Such determination would deservedly earn City their place in the final four of the competition, combining passion with poise to ultimately see off their Merseyside opponents. 

FULL-TIME: Liverpool 0-1 Norwich City

GOALS: Canaries: Ebou Adams (10).

NORWICH CITY: Oxborough; Ramsay, Efete (c), Odusina, Lewis; Crowe; Adams, McGrandles; Grant; Jaiyesimi, Ashley-Seal. Subs not used: Hallett (GK), Kamal, Hlynsson, Aarons, Aransibia. 

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