Under-18s bounce back with big 4-2 win over Leicester City

Norwich City Under-18s were back to winning ways after their rampant 4-2 win over Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

Wasting no time, City found their first clear-cut chance in the first five minutes, ending up at the feet of Oscar Thorn. Gifted a chance from the middle of the box, Thorn struck the ball first-time, the strong wind going against him completely as it guided his effort off-target.

The missed chance didn’t get the Canaries down however, as they continued to chase Leicester with an intense press, leading to their goal just minutes later.

Left-back Sean Stewart picked the ball up in the midfield, carrying it down the left-flank with a burst of pace, ending his contribution with a cross into the box for Tom Dickson-Peters. Clinical as ever, the forward touched the ball down calmly before tapping it past the ‘keeper with composure for the opener.

In a rapid turn of events, City would go on to score another just three minutes later. Capitalising on a defensive error, Dickson-Peters took the ball in his stride in the box once again, slotting it past the ‘keeper for his second goal of the match by the eleventh minute.

The first goal might’ve got them down, but the second clearly motivated the Foxes to get back into the game, pulling back one of their own just eleven minutes later, a deflected shot bouncing past Sam Blair.

The young Canaries tried to recover their two-goal lead immediately, Thorn cutting the ball back to Joe Duffy on the edge of the box, seeing his shot blocked before it could reach the target.

Then, just before the 30th minute, City found their third. Tony Springett stepped up for his first big contribution of the game, firing from just over 20 yards out and finding the top corner with ease.

Finishing off the first-half in possession, the Canaries were heavily on top and comfortable going into the break, despite bleak weather conditions.

Starting the second-half off in a very similar fashion to the first, Thorn found the first chance. The wind wasn’t the forward’s friend in the fixture, as the young striker was just over the crossbar once again in his effort.

Five minutes into the half, City scored their final goal of the afternoon. Finding a header from an awkward angle, Duffy nodded the ball towards the goal, somehow angling it on-target into the bottom-left corner, the ‘keeper not even diving for it.

Three goals up having scored four, City were cruising nicely through the fixture, Leicester only able to find another consolation goal after a corner.

Just over ten minutes before the final whistle, substitute Jon Rowe managed to win a penalty after beating three Leicester defenders, before being brought down from behind in the box.

Stepping up to the spot, the young forward looked to convert the penalty he had won, seeing it saved.

The final whistle had blown after another dominant week for City, seeing the Canaries take all three points from another well-deserved result, bouncing back from their previous 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa perfectly.

Norwich City starting XI: Blair, Pitcher (Okeowo, 77), Brown, Shipley, Stewart, Springett, Alidor-Hamilton, Earley (c), Duffy (Rowe, 65), Thorn (Kamara, 65), Dickson-Peters
Subs not used: Jackson, Hills
Dickson-Peters (8,11), Springett (28), Duffy (50)
Alidor-Hamilton (86)

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