Norwich City got life under Daniel Farke off to a good start with a comfortable 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers at St Colman’s Park.
A first City goal for Mario Vrancic – who made a classy Canaries debut – and strikes from Nelson Oliveira, James Maddison, Alex Tettey and Alex Pritchard gave Farke’s men the perfect start to their pre-season schedule.
City lined up in the first-half with Timm Klose and debutant Christoph Zimmermann forming a new centre-back pairing, with Harry Toffolo and Yanic Wildschut either side of them at full-back. With Tettey sitting, striker Oliveira was supported by an attacking quartet of Wes Hoolahan, Maddison, Vrancic and Josh Murphy.
It took just five minutes for the Canaries to make the breakthrough, with Tettey scrambling in a Vrancic corner. Cobh withstood plenty of City pressure for 20 minutes, but two goals in as many minutes meant Norwich were cruising. Oliveira unleashed a trademark left-foot drive into the bottom corner from 20 yards, before Vrancic tucked home after a Hoolahan flick caused confusion in the Cobh penalty area.
City made it four when Maddison whipped a central free-kick against the crossbar, but Cobh’s unfortunate goalkeeper Michal Sadys could do nothing as the ball rebounded off his back and over the line.
The second-half saw a new-look Norwich XI, with only Klose and Zimmermann re-emerging after the break. Cameron Jerome took his place up front, with Pritchard, Steven Naismith, Carlton Morris and Marley Watkins – making his debut – behind him. Godfrey was protecting in front of the centre-backs, while Ivo Pinto and Jamal Lewis slotted in at full-back.
A lovely move down the right between Pinto, Watkins and Pritchard nearly opened the second-half scoring, but Morris failed to convert. Another quick break down the right opened up Cobh’s back line, but Jerome’s shot from just inside the area went over.
With Cobh sitting deep and quick into the tackle, City struggled to break them down for much of the second half. But a moment of class from Pritchard made it five – picking up the ball 20 yards out and curling it into the top-right corner.
Naismith went close with a thunderous drive from 25 yards as City finished a good work-out strongly.
The Canaries will remain in Ireland until Friday as part of their training camp, before returning to England for Saturday's friendly against Lowestoft Town.
Norwich first-half XI: Matthews; Wildschut, Zimmermann, Klose, Toffolo; Tettey; Hoolahan, Maddison, Vrancic, Jo. Murphy; Oliveira.
Norwich second-half XI: Jones; Pinto, Zimmermann, Klose, Lewis; Godfrey; Watkins, Naismith, Pritchard, Morris, Jerome