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Canaries beaten in FA Youth Cup

27 February 2018

Norwich City's Under-18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 3-1 defeat to Birmingham City at Carrow Road on Tuesday night.

Two goals in the space of two second half minutes did the damage, with strikes from Tom Anderson and Jordan Clarke taking the game away from City before substitute Josh Andrews added a third.

City had enjoyed the better of a low-key opening period, with Atli Barkarson first to significantly threaten when he headed a cross over from the lively Alan Fleming.

Goalkeeper Fergal Hale-Brown had to be alert at the other end to produce a fine save down low, while good movement in attack from Anthony Spyrou threatened to open Birmingham up as the half wore on.

In the second half however, away team upped their intensity; going in front on 53 minutes when Anderson broke clear before slotting beyond Hale-Brown.

They doubled their advantage almost instantly, forward Clarke pouncing in the box after his initial effort was blocked to fire into the net.

Although David Wright's youngsters had made a habit of stunning comebacks in the competiton so far, that left them with a veritable mountain to climb against a well-organised Birmingham outfit.

To their credit, they pushed for a way back into the contest but found themselves largely unable to force a way beyond the Blues' backline.

Instead it would be Birmingham who would notch the vital third to effectively finish the game as a contest, substitute Andrews slamming home superbly from outside the box ten minutes from time.

That brought an end to City's fine run in the competition despite Spyrou's late consolation, leaving them to focus on the remainder of their Under-18s Premier League campaign.

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