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Norwich City Under-18s put five past Crystal Palace in excellent display

20 February 2021

Norwich City Under-18s took all three points after their brilliant 5-3 showing against league leaders Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

The young Canaries returned to U18 Premier League action against the Eagles after a few weeks break from the division, their last fixture a 3-2 loss to Leicester City.

Palace had the first chance of the game, and it was one that couldn’t go much better for the hosts. Early pressure from the Eagles got the better of the young Canaries, seeing Jack Wells-Morrison’s header to the far post and past Sam Blair for the lead in the first minute.

Picking themselves up early, City set Abu Kamara up in front of the Palace goal just seven minutes later, his shot hastily blocked. 

Making the most of City’s early possession, Jon Rowe cuts inside the box and let his shot go from outside the box, forcing the save from Joe Whitworth.

A good few shots later, Rowe found his goal to level the scores in the 27th minute. Cutting inside the box once more, the forward calmly guided his shot into the bottom right corner. 

No more than a minute later, the tides had turned in City’s favour, a poorly-timed Palace tackle leading to a penalty. Kamara stepped up to the spot-kick, dispatching his shot as the Canaries grabbed the lead.

An eventful last five minutes of the first half then saw Palace awarded a penalty after Lewis Shipley’s foul inside the 18-yard box, but Blair leaped to the save to maintain the lead.

Regardless, Palace forward Jesuran Rak-Sakyi would find the back of the net before the half time whistle, the forward capitalising on a City mistake to equalise. 

The young Canaries never say die attitude continued to carry them through however, Ken Aboh going up the other end and lacing a shot past Whitworth for the City lead again for the half time whistle.

The second half started just as lively as the first, with Palace levelling for the second time in the game. 

A corner for the Eagles in the 50th minute caught Daniel Quick’s header at the far post, beating Blair to the back of the net for 3-3.

A quiet period in the way of chances followed, both teams battling at each end for what became more and more likely to be the winner with each passing second.

With less than 20 minutes left, City’s efforts were rewarded with their fourth goal. Substitute Alex Matos won a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the box for Sean Stewart, who buried his effort into the top corner. 

Another ten minutes later, it was five for the young Canaries. An excellent run into the box from Rowe got him to a tight-angle inside the box, the forward firing over the ‘keeper to score his second of the afternoon. 

Holding out until the final whistle, City took a well-deserved three points back to Norfolk after beating the league leaders.

Norwich City starting XI: Blair (c), Alidor-Hamilton, Hills, Shipley, Stewart, Rowe, Foyo, Brooke, Duffy (Matos, 55), Kamara (Thorn, 54), Aboh (Okeowo, 78)
Subs not used: N/A
Goals: Rowe (27, 81) Kamara (31), Aboh (45+6), Stewart (72)
Bookings: Foyo (59) 

Crystal Palace starting XI: Whitworth, Thistleton, Steele, Quick, Adaramola, Sheridan, Gonzalez (Cadogan, 85), Wells-Morrison, Akinwale, Mooney (Ozoh, 85), Rak-Sakyi
Subs not used: Bartley, Goodman, Ola-Adebomi
Goals: Wells-Morrison (1), Rak-Sakyi (45+5), Quick (49)
Bookings: Thistleton (68), Quick (85)


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