Norwich City Under-18s have booked their place to the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup, after beating Everton 3-0 in an assertive performance over the Toffees on Saturday morning.
It didn’t take much time for City to leave their mark early, with a lovely bit of team play crawling up the pitch in the beginning minutes. The team move meant Tyrese Omotoye was left with the decisive strike, a chance that he’s been getting used to in recent games, ending in a composed finish past the Everton ‘keeper in by the sixth minute.
Everton weren’t happy conceding so early, especially since it is normally the Merseyside squad who find themselves scoring the goals, not leaking them. Motivated by the gap, Everton fought back, leaving the Canaries having to work harder if they wanted to score another, and increase their odds of progression.
The home-side put more work in to prevent a goal, but the young Canaries challenged it, and came back with an answer of their own. Omotoye was the man on fire for this game and proved it by providing another cool and composed finish in the 31st minute, increasing the gap to two to separate City and Everton.
A difficult pill to swallow for the Toffees, but as compensation they could look back on their 4-3 victory over Fulham and remember being 2-1 down by the end of the first-half, a similar situation they were experiencing against City. The only difference here was City hadn’t yet conceded and looked like they were planning on keeping it that way.
A solid defence and a strikingly dangerous attack kept Everton quiet until the end of the first-half, leaving 45 minutes to maintain the goal advantage and gain those needed three points.
A quiet yet competitive start to the second-half kept it goalless until the 66th minute, in which the Canaries struck again. A cleared corner falls to the skipper Zach Dronfield, who calmly strikes it nicely, firing it past the ‘keeper to the back of the net. If the two goal deficit wasn’t enough for City to know the win was imminent, then the third goal just sealed it for them.
Everton tried to come back and find a goal of their own, but it just wasn’t going their way. Whether it be the Toffees were falling flat by their own accord, or if the Canaries completely shut them out, all that was certain was the ball wasn’t finding itself in Sam Blair’s goal.
A continued effort for City paid off, as they finished the full 90 minutes without conceding, giving Blair a clean sheet, but more importantly giving the Canaries the three points needed to see them in the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup.
The young Canaries are back in league action when they play Reading on Saturday, November 30 (12:30pm kick-off).
Everton U18s: Barrett, Hosie, Thompson, Lowey (Anderson, 72), Hagan, McAllister (Batterfield, 63), Hughes, Quirk, Higgins (Whitaker, 46), Dobbin, Cannon
Subs not used: McIntyre, Welch
Bookings: Quirk (26)
Norwich City U18s: Blair, Jackson (Brown, 66), Rowe, Stewart, Omotoye (Kamara, 72), Dronfield (c), Tomkinson, Warner, Dickson-Peters, Giurgi, Pitcher
Subs not used: Shipley, Williams, Duffy
Goals: Omotoye (6, 31), Dronfield (66)
Bookings: Dickson-Peters (27), Rowe (90)
Referee: Jake Topp
Kick-off time: 11am
Venue: Finch Farm Training Ground