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Norwich City Under-18s' FA Youth Cup campaign continues with their fourth-round fixture against Manchester United on Tuesday night at Carrow Road (7pm KO).
The FA Youth Cup is fondly remembered by the 2012-13 Norwich City U18s team, who came out on top in the competition and took the trophy home that season, but how have the U18s squads fared since then?
The Canaries prowled through the competition, taking on the likes of QPR, Millwall and Nottingham Forest to book a place in the final against Chelsea. Managed by Neil Adams, City found themselves 1-0 up on aggregate after the first-leg of the final at Carrow Road, heading off to Stamford Bridge for the second leg just weeks later.
A competitive game against the Blues saw it end 3-2 (4-2 on aggregate) in the Canaries’ favour thanks to an own goal, Cameron McGeehan and Josh Murphy.
A less successful year for the Canaries, the defending champions started the tournament off in style, taking Preston North End apart 6-1, before moving on to face Watford in the fourth round. In a difficult game that City couldn’t quite get hold of, the Canaries suffered a 3-1 defeat to see their Youth Cup reign fall short earlier than they would have liked.
An even less successful year, the Canaries' Youth Cup tournament hopes were short-lived. They were drawn against Doncaster Rovers and took the game to extra-time after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes. Fatigue got the better of City when they conceded twice in extra-time, seeing them beaten to end their time in the cup.
City settled nicely in the third round, taking down Hull City 3-1 to see their way to the fourth round. Looking to make a statement after being matched up with Sunderland, they did just that with a 4-1 thrashing of the Black Cats. After an intense 5-4 victory over Middlesbrough in extra-time, the quarter-finals beckoned.
Drawn against Manchester City, this was possibly the first game of the tournament in which the Canaries found themselves as the underdogs, for good reason too, as the Manchester side settled for an easy 2-0 win. Manchester City went on to play in the final, narrowly losing out to Chelsea.
As they entered the third round, City drew Watford once more, looking to avoid the same score as their last Youth Cup meeting back in the 2013-14 season. They did just that when they beat the Hornets by an impressive 5-1 scoreline to book their place in the fourth round with ease.
After cruising past Burnley in a 4-0 victory, the Canaries met their end in the fifth round. Drawing Tottenham Hotspur was always going to be a difficult game, and so it proved in a 2-0 loss to the same side who had beaten Stevenage 10-1 in the previous round.
After making it to the quarter-finals of the tournament, it was the furthest the Canaries had gone in the competition since taking the trophy home with them back in the 2012-13 season, and the second time they had reached the quarters since the 2015-16 tournament.
Starting off the tournament with comfortable wins over Barnsley and Derby County, the Canaries found themselves in the fifth round against Newcastle United. This round was a bit tougher than it seemed on the surface, as the result ended in a nervy 4-3 going City’s way after extra time, securing them a place in the quarter finals.
It was unfortunately not going City’s way in the quarters, who lost 3-1 to Birmingham City, putting up a fight but just unable to find the result to propel them further into the competition.
The third round started nicely with a competitive 3-2 win over Port Vale, all five goals coming in quick succession after the 68th minute, the Canaries bagging a last-minute winner through Atli Barkarson.
As the Canaries progressed through to the fourth round, they were in for a surprise when Preston North End came prepared, seeing the U18s out of the competition in a fairly one-sided 3-0 win in the hosts’ favour.
Now, the current U18s squad will be hoping they can continue add to this history with a good campaign of their own, as they face Manchester United under the lights of Carrow Road on Tuesday (7pm kick-off).
Tickets are FREE of charge and can be booked by phone on 01603 721902 (option one), at the Carrow Road ticket office or the Fan Hub.
Supporters can also gain entry at the Thorpe Area turnstiles on the evening of the match.
Supporters who require car parking should be aware that although parking is free, it may be limited to a first come, first served basis.
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