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City's U23s beaten by Middlesbrough

18 August 2017

A young Under-23s side went down 4-0 to Middlesbrough in the Canaries’ second PL2 match of the season.

The game, which was played at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park, was decided in the first half when Marcus Tavernier fired in a 20-minute hat-trick.

For Norwich, Aston Oxborough returned in goal, while Kieran Higgs and Emersson Sambu were given their first starts after manager Matt Gill made three changes from Norwich’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Colney on Monday.

Midfielder Lewis Wing opened the scoring for Boro, with the summer signing curling a delightful shot into the top corner. Four minutes later Middlesbrough doubled their lead when Tavernier picked himself up from a foul in the penalty area to slam in a penalty to make it 2-0 after just 21 minutes.

Things got for worse for City 13 minutes later when Tavernier, who was enjoying coming inside from the left, made it 3-0 to Boro, and minutes later he completed an impressive first-half hat-trick with a tap-in.

City showed much more resolve in at the start of the second half, and recent signing Tristan Abrahams was unlucky to see a shot cleared off the line. Todd Cantwell forced Aynsley Pears into a fine save and he pulled off another one late on to deny Devonte Aransibia, but Norwich couldn't find a way back into the game. 

City XI: Oxborough, Godfrey (c), Toffolo, Phillips, Odusina, Efete, Higgs, Mututala-Sambu (Aransibia 46), Abrahams, Cantwell, Middleton
Subs not used: Hallett, Hlynsson, Wallis

Middlesbrough XI: Pears, Goode, Reading, Wing, Brewitt (c), McGinley, Soisalo (Wilson 57), Liddle (Wood-Gordon 80), Miller, Armstrong (Curry 68), Tavernier
Subs not used: Hemming

Goals: Wing, Tavernier (3)


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