Under-18s report: Norwich 1 Chelsea 2

Tense finish

Norwich were desperately trying to breach Chelsea’s defence as we entered the final quarter and thought they had after Harry Brooke’s volley bounced back off the frame of the goal and out of danger, much to the delight of the away side.

The young Blues had their even younger stopper, Curd, to thank for keeping the Canaries out, making good saves from both Joe Duffy and goal scorer Kamara. Brand’s boys were made to work hard in the closing stages but back-to-the-wall defending made the three points earned well deserved in Norwich.

What’s next?

There’s a quick turn-around for the boys as our next fixture is at home against Brighton on Wednesday 3 March with a 1pm kick-off, brought forward from its previous date of Tuesday 13 April.

Chelsea 3-4-3 Ted Curd; Alfie Gilchrist (c), Brodi Hughes, Luke Badley-Morgan; Josh Brooking, Josh Tobin, Charlie Webster, Silko Thomas (Derrick Abu 90+2); Leo Castledine (Lewis Hall 64), Joe Haigh, Jude Soonsup-Bell (Ronnie Stutter 86)
Unused subs Prince Adegoke, Edwin Andersson
Booked Gilchrist 21; Haigh 79; Brooking 90+7
Scorer Haigh 7; Soonsup-Bell 42

Norwich Sam Blair, Solomon Alidor-Hamilton (Ola Okeowo, 86), Brad Hills, Lewis Shipley, Sean Stewart, Oscar Thorn (Alex Matos 63), Harry Brooke, Regan Riley, Joe Duffy, Abu Kamara, Jon Rowe (Kenneth Aboh 60)
Unused subs Reece Trueman, Osman Foyo
Booked Duffy 45; Hills 79
Scorer Kamara 59