Norwich City Under-18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the fourth round by the competition’s record winners, Manchester United Under-18s, on Tuesday night at Carrow Road.
Second half goals from Charlie McCann and Teden Mengi sent United through to the fifth round of the tournament against Leeds United.
With the vocal crowd right behind them, City had the first chance of the game when Zach Dronfield played a lovely ball with the outside of his foot through to Thomas Dickson-Peters, the latter seeing his effort go straight at Ondrej Mastny between the sticks for United.
As for the visitors, their first effort was even less problematic, Dillon Hoogewerf blasting over from Hannibal Mejbri’s delivery. Hoogeworf came closer with his next attempt, shooting just wide following some tidy linkup play between Mark Helm and Shola Shoretire.
United continued to pile on the pressure in the opening 15 minutes, and Samuel Blair was forced into making a smart reflex save when Charlie Wellens’ long-range strike took a deflection on its way towards goal.
Helm was next to have a go from distance, curling high and wide as United stayed on top with 20 minutes gone. Hoogeworf, who scored twice in United’s third round tie against Lincoln City, looked like he didn’t have his shooting boots on when he cut in from the right wing and curled well wide with his left foot moments later.
City weathered the storm and made their way into the final third on the half-hour mark, Tyrese Omotoye showing good strength to hold up play, allowing Rob Nizet to whip a cross in form the left. Andrew Omobamidele was on the end of it, but his header was off target.
Steve Weaver’s Under-18s grew into the game as the first half wore on, as Nizet continued to float dangerous crosses into the penalty area but to no avail.
Immediately after the interval, United took the lead when referee Robert Whitton pointed to the spot for a handball by Omobamidele. McCann stepped up to tuck it away into the bottom left corner for 1-0.
Omotoye had his first effort of the second half after being played through by Jon Rowe. The former got a shot away from a narrow angle and while Mastny did spill it, the danger was cleared. City’s number nine continued to look like their most creative outlet, as Dan Adshead gave him a sight of goal in the 58th minute, but the forward saw his shot blocked well by goalscorer McCann.
There was a brief stoppage in play on the hour mark as a contest for the ball between Nizet and Hoogewerf saw the latter come off worse, clattering into the advertising hoardings, but he was okay to carry on.
Hoogewerf almost got on the scoresheet in the 73rd minute when he went for goal at the near post from a narrow angle, Blair tipping it out for a corner.
Another corner later, Mengi headed in for the visitors’ second goal as he met Wellens delivery on time.
Clear cut chances were few and far between for Norwich in the second half as United sat on their 2-0 lead comfortably, the latter advancing to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.
Norwich City: Blair, Omobamidele (Giurgi 83’), Nizet, Warner, Tomkinson, Dronfield © (McAlear 46’), Martin, Adshead, Omotoye, Dickson-Peters, Rowe (Springett 75’)
Unused substitutes: Pitcher, Kamara, Brown, Stewart