Norwich City Under-23s took all three points after a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Friday evening.
David Wright's side were joined by first-team players Michael McGovern, Moritz Leitner and Josip Drmic for their first ever academy fixture against the Eagles.
The young Canaries were straight at it from the first whistle, bringing a fast-paced intensity in less than ideal rain and wind conditions. This intensity found them two chances within the first five minutes courtesy of Drmic and Rob Nizet.
Both chances came to nothing, however, when the striker’s shot was blocked before the line and Nizet’s effort barely fired over the bar.
Either way, the young Canaries wouldn’t have to wait long for the opener. Right-back Ethen Vaughan delivered in a wonderfully weighted cross, the Palace defensive line unable to get up to it. The ball then fell to William Hondermarck at the back post, who tucked it away from close-range for City’s goal.
One up early on, City weren’t letting up anytime soon. A corner delivered into the box was cleared away, before falling to Nizet who fired on goal for the second time of the game. The volley looked set for it’s target, before taking a deflection on the way in to see it out of play.
All of this action coming in the first twenty minutes, the game was all for City, with Palace only able to find their way into the Canaries box once.
Palace’s first shot would come in the 25th minute, when a counter-attack saw the Eagles one-on-one with Michael McGovern, who swiped away their shot with cool composure to keep the Canaries in the lead.
The first-half would round off in the same dominant fashion it had been from the start for the Canaries, barely taking a threat from Palace by the break.
As the second-half started it had less noticeable action from both sides, owing mainly to the torrential weather conditions the Canaries were playing in.
In fact, it would take until the 70th minute for either team to find a chance in such heavy conditions, fortunately in the favour of the Canaries.
A shot on the right flank of the box from Josh Giurgi took a deflection, falling down to Drmic, who kept the attack alive and threatening. The striker, cutting in on his left, struck the ball towards goal, ringing the crossbar as it flew from danger.
Palace were then gifted a chance up the other end just minutes later, when a slip from Andrew Omobamidele saw the Eagles one-on-one with McGovern, who kept his composure and parried the effort away in a fantastic dive.
Getting themselves back in order, the Canaries finished off the game in fashion, scoring twice in five minutes. The first of these two goals came from Drmic, who took a bold stab at goal from distance, finding the top corner effortlessly.
The game already shut out with just five minutes to go, substitute Tyrese Omotoye got himself on the score sheet as well, as he nestled his first shot of the game past the ‘keeper.
Seeing the rest of the game off comfortably, the clinical Canaries took a more than deserved three points from this blustery win over Crystal Palace.
Norwich City starting XI: McGovern, Vaughan, Omobamidele (c), Tomkinson, Nizet, Dronfield, McAlear, Giurgi (Milovanovic, 70), Leitner (Omotoye, 45), Hondermarck (Dennis, 63), Drmic
Subs not used: McCracken, Warner
Goals: Hondermarck (8), Drmic (81), Omotoye (85)