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27 February 2021 Venue The Lotus Training Centre Attendance

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Norwich City U18
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Norwich City U18s fall to 2-1 defeat by Chelsea

27 February 2021

Norwich City Under-18s lost out in a close 2-1 loss to Chelsea at the Lotus Training Centre on Saturday afternoon, despite a dominant second half.

The Blues had a controlling first half and found two goals as a result, seeing City's strong finish fall just short of any points.

Chelsea found the first chance of the game through Silko Thomas in the first five minutes, the forward setting Joe Haigh up with a squared pass across the face of goal, missing the open target. 

But Haigh made up for that mistake shortly after in the seventh-minute, taking a shot from far out and finding the back of the net past Sam Blair for an early Chelsea lead. 

Seven minutes later, Blair was forced into an excellent save when Thomas fired inside the 18-yard box, the ‘keeper getting low to the shot early and tipping onto the post. 

25 minutes in and the Blues were still applying the same pressure as the first minute, this time Jude Soonsup-Bell’s header just wide of the post. 

Blair kept the Canaries’ deficit to just one shortly after, making another big save to deny Thomas for a second time at the ‘keepers near post. 

But Chelsea would find their second goal before half time, Soonsup-Bell stepping up to a dangerous free-kick 20 yards out, finding the top corner to make it 2-0 at the break. 

City started the second half brightly, Kamara seeing his shot blocked inside the six-yard box less than a minute in. 

The young Canaries continued pushing to get their goal, Jon Rowe dragging back for Oscar Thorn inside the box. The set-up was a neat one, but Thorn’s shot was dragged wide to keep City goalless. 

The visitors came close to making it three just minutes later, Thomas’ shot hitting the side netting to end Chelsea’s counter-attack.

Then, City finally got one back. Going up the other end just after Chelsea’s chance, Joe Duffy found Abu Kamara in space inside the box, the forward calmly placing his shot into the bottom corner.

Using that momentum, the Canaries then almost found their leveller in spectacular fashion. Swinging a half-volley back on goal from distance, Harry Brooke’s shot screamed off the crossbar to painfully keep the hosts one behind.

Substitute Ken Aboh came close to making his impact in the 76th minute, sliding a ball in nicely for Joe Duffy, the ‘keeper just equal to it. 

The Canaries continued this push into the last 15 minutes, but it was Chelsea who would take all three points after holding on defensively to see their lead out. 

Norwich City starting XI: Blair (c), Alidor-Hamilton (Okeowo, 75), Hills, Shipley, Stewart, Thorn (Aboh, 62), Brooke, Riley, Duffy, Kamara, Rowe (Aboh, 59)
Subs not used: Trueman, Foyo
Goals: Kamara (58)
Bookings: Duffy (45), Hills (79)

Chelsea starting XI: Curd, Gilchrist (c), Hughes, Tobin, Badley-Morgan, Webster, Brooking, Castledine (Hall, 64), Soonsup-Bell, Haigh, Thomas
Subs not used: Abu, Adegoke, Stutter, Andersson
Goals: Haigh (7), Soonsup-Bell (41)
Bookings: Webster (20), Haigh (79)

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