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Under-23s earn late win in PL Cup

22 January 2018

Norwich City Under-23s continued their Premier League Cup campaign with a late 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Carrow Road on Monday night.

Todd Cantwell struck with the game moving into injury-time to secure victory, firing home from outside the box after breaking well from midfield.

It marked a successful night for City, who also saw Harry Toffolo complete his return from injury by impressing during a 45-minute outing.

A to-and-fro opening period saw the teams trade the upper-hand regularly, with Aston Oxborough producing two fine saves in the home goal.

The hosts grew into the contest as the half wore on, putting the Cherries under a sustained spell of pressure without creating a clear sight of goal.

It was the visitors who went closest to taking a lead into the interval, however, with only Max Aarons' timely intervention keeping them at bay.

City threatened more directly within minutes of the restart when subtitute Louis McIntosh, on for Toffolo, sent a sumptuous free-kick towards the top-corner.

Bournemouth stopper Mark Travers was equal to his effort, tipping over the crossbar to keep the scores level as the Canaries sought to take control.

On 70 minutes they went as close as they had all night, but once again Travers was there as he diverted Tristan Abrahams' stinging drive over. 

As had been the theme throughout, the away side then emerged to enjoy a period of relative dominance, with Oxborough making a fine stop at his near-post.

Midfielder Savvas Morgous was introduced off the bench with quarter-of-an-hour remaining, making a welcome return following a lengthy injury lay-off.

The attacking threat City had carried for much of the game was finally rewarded late on, with Cantwell's fine finish proving enough to give them all three points.

Victory significantly boosts the Canaries' chances of qualifying for the knockout rounds, having taken seven points from their four group stage fixtures so far.

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