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10 April 2021 Venue The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre Attendance

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Brighton and Hove Albion U18
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Norwich City U18

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Under-18s comeback to seal victory over Brighton U18s

10 April 2021

Norwich City Under-18s took all three points from Brighton & Hove Albion after coming back from a goal behind on Saturday afternoon.

The young Canaries saw five changes to the side that lost 5-0 to Fulham in their last league outing, with two trialists coming into the starting eleven along with Sol Alidor-Hamilton, Sean Stewart, and Oscar Thorn.

The Canaries found the first chance of the game just after the ten-minute mark as they put the pressure on the Seagulls early. Thorn was the one to finish the chance in front of goal, his effort just high of the target.

After an early quiet period, both teams carefully looking to break down the other, Brighton came close to taking the lead as they crashed a distanced effort off the crossbar just before the 25th minute.

From then, it was only a matter of time until the Seagulls used that missed chance as motivation to find their opener. A fast-break counter from the hosts left the Canaries outmanned, leaving a pass across the face of goal open for Zak Emmerson to tap home.

But, in a moment reminiscent of their performance against Crystal Palace, City came back swinging with a goal of their own minutes after.

Spraying the ball out wide to Sol Alidor-Hamilton, the newly converted right-back found Ken Aboh in the box with a perfect cross for the striker to lace home to level.

Having provided the leveller for Aboh, Alidor-Hamilton then looked to become the goalscorer himself as he attacked the right side once more, the far post denying him his goal.

The young Canaries weren’t done there yet, however. In the 42nd minute, another City attack pressured the Seagulls for what was now the lead, seeing Alex Matos step up with a daring curled shot from outside the box, finding the bottom corner beautifully.

Having come back from behind in the first half, City now went into the break with the lead as they looked to hold on for the win in the last 45 minutes.

The good news for City was that the second half would go on to be a fairly quiet one, Brighton not testing the Canaries defence until the 64th minute when Saxon Earley’s block inside the box denied the Seagulls a shot on target.

Going up the other end, Aboh bagged his brace and made it three goals in total for City with his sweet finish in front of goal, giving the Canaries a one-goal cushion to fall back on.

But that cushion wouldn’t be needed as the Yellows held Brighton throughout the second half, even going on to nearly make it four goals until Joe Duffy was brought down by the hosts’ ‘keeper, seeing the shot-stopper sent off.

Reaching the full-time whistle, it was a moment to savour for the young Canaries as they took all three points from one of the league’s toughest opponents.

Norwich City starting XI: Trialist 1, Alidor-Hamilton, Hills (c), Shipley, Stewart, Matos, Earley, Brooke, Thorn, Aboh, Trialist 2
Subs not used: N/A
Goals: Aboh (31, 67), Matos (42)
Bookings: N/A

Brighton & Hove Albion starting XI: Bull, Chouchane, Collyer, Emmerson, Hinshelwood (Duffus, 71), Ifill (Peupion, 61), Jackson, Moran, Nilsson, Offiah (c), Qureshi (Sturge, 46)
Subs not used: Reid
Goals: Emmerson (27)
Bookings: Bull (red, 87)

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