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Dickson-Peters scores in Under-18s Saints defeat

27 April 2019

Norwich City’s Under-18s are beaten 4-1 in their final game of the season with Dickson-Peters providing City’s only goal.

Daniel Barden came in and replaced Joe Rose in-goal for the Canaries in their last game of the Premier League season. Vaughan and Ahmadi started as City’s full-backs with Captain Zach Dronfield partnering Ante Berkeley at centre-back.

Andrew Omobamidele played in an unfamiliar midfield position alongside Matt Richardson in the central areas. Josh Martin and Tony Springett started on the flanks with Tom Dickson-Peters starting up-top for City with Anis Mehemti as his strike partner.

The visitors started on the front foot and could have went ahead five minutes into the game when Hansen was set free down the right before lashing the ball well over Barden’s goal, not troubling the City ‘keeper.

The Saints continued to dominate the opening 10 minutes, but neither team were able to register a shot on target in the wet and windy conditions at Colney.

It was City who took the lead, somewhat against the run of play – with a well worked goal which resulted in Dickson-Peters continuing his impressive goal scoring run. The ball found it’s way out to the right where Vaughan took the ball down to the right before crossing to the near post, Dickson-Peters met the cross at the front post before placing it past Bycroft.

The City striker had a glaring opportunity moments later to double City’s lead, but this time the Scotsman was unable to keep his shot down as he powered over the Southampton goal.

Twenty-two minutes in and the visitors were level. After a scramble in the City penalty area the ball fell kindly for Idowu who saw his first time bobbling effort roll into the bottom right corner to bring Southampton back level.

City went and dominated the rest of the half and nearly responded with a goal two minutes after the Southampton equaliser. Mehmeti whipped in a cross from the left with no one in the box to get on the end of it. Vaughan met the ball on the opposite side and again drove a cross In with the same outcome.

With 15 minutes of the half remaining Martin played a magnificent through ball splitting the Southampton defence and into the path of Springett. The City midfielder saw a weak shot saved by the legs of Bycroft’s at his near post.

Mehmeti continued to create chances as the half went on, but neither of his shots troubled the Southampton ‘keeper, with the closest chance coming when his powerful strike from 30-yards was deflected before looping in to the path of Crofts.

City started the second half as they had finished the first, but once again Mehmeti couldn’t find the target, with his curling strike drifting wide of the far left post.

Ten minutes into the half the visitors took the lead for the first time in the game when Hansen bagged his second of the game to put Southampton 2-1 in-front. His dipping strike 30-yards out took a deflection of a City defender before hitting the underside of the cross bar and bouncing over the City line.

Josh Giurgi and Jon Rowe were both brought on mid-way through the second-half to provide some attacking inspiration and to get City back level, but neither saw much of the ball with the Saints dictating play.

Twelve minutes from time the Saints added another when a cross from the right was met by Idowu at the back post, with the striker managing to get a toe on the ball and poking it into the back of the net.

One minute later Barden provided a wonderful save to keep out Hansen from close range. The midfielder took the ball into the box and rifled the ball towards goal but Barden’s strong hand kept the ball out.

Southampton capped off the final game of the season with substitute Watts driving the ball into the bottom right corner 30-seconds after coming on to put the game out of City’s reach.

City’s Starting XI: Barden; Vaughan (Khumbeni 77), Ahmadi, Dronfield, Berkeley, Omobamidele, Richardson, Springett (Rowe 65), Martin (Giurgi 61), Dickson-Peters, Mehmeti

Unused subs: Blair, Omotoye

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