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City's Under-16s retain Hospital Cup

8 May 2018

Norwich City's Under-16s produced a gritty display to beat Ipswich Town 1-0 and win their fourth Hospital Cup in succession.

Zak Brown's early strike, following Zach Dronfield's free-kick being saved, proved decisive but the young Canaries were made to work hard for the victory with the visitors coming close on numerous occasions in the second-half.

City made a superb start and were ahead inside just three minutes. Dronfield's free-kick could only be parried by Town goalkeeper Jake Alley into the path of Brown who made no mistake from six yards.

Ipswich went close to equalising on 12 minutes when a one-two between Town's namesake Zak Brown and Joe Clifford ended with Brown's low strike being smothered by Sam Blair.

The game was reasonably tight for the remainder of the first-half although Ipswich almost levelled ten minutes before the break. A mix-up in the City defence allowed Lewis Reed time to shoot into an open net but Brown became the difference at the other end this time with a superb goalsaving intervention.

Ipswich began the second-half the better of the two sides with City having to dig deep to preserve their lead and they went within inches from equalising on 49 minutes when Tyreece Simpson's long-range strike took a nick on its way inches over the crossbar.

The visitors continued their bright second-half display as the game wore on as Simpson and then Liam Gibbs rattled the woodwork shortly after Brown was denied by Blair at full-stretch.

City then responded with their own flurry of activity in the attacking third as Spencer Keller had the ball in the net on 58 minutes following Tony Springett's cross but the goal was ruled out for offside.

As Ipswich chased the equaliser in the closing 20 minutes, it allowed City more time and space when they attacked and they almost added to their lead when Springett's goalbound strike was cleared off the line after substitute Saxon Earley's cutback.

However, the early strike from Brown proved to be the difference as City's youngsters retained the Hospital Cup in front of a healthy crowd at Carrow Road.

City XI: Blair, Gidaree (Warner, 76), Kamara (Matos, 71), Brown, Richardson, Dronfield (Earley, 41), Springett, Olopade, Dickson-Peters (Pitcher, 41), Keller (Varian, 76), Rowe (Khumbeni, 58)

Subs not used: Doherty (GK)

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