Norwich City 1-0 Chelsea
The FA Youth Cup
The Final first leg
7.45pm, Monday 29 April 2013
Carrow Road, Norwich City FC
Live on ITV4
Norwich captain Cameron McGeehan netted a dramatic injury-time penalty to give his side a 1-0 advantage after the first leg of their FA Youth Cup Final with Chelsea.
A superb crowd of more than 21,000 witnessed an entertaining and competitive game at Carrow Road
But they had to wait until the fourth minute of added time for the excellent McGeehan, who was on the Blues’ books before moving to City at U16 level, to drill his high-pressure spot kick high into Mitchell Beeney’s net after Alex Davey brought down Josh Murphy.
It had not taken long for the game to settle into its pattern.
The visitors took just 50 seconds to show their threat from the flanks as Charlie Colkett sent Jeremie Boga free down the left but Kyle McFadden blocked the winger’s effort as he prepared to deliver a dream start for the Blues.
Three minutes later Chelsea repeated the trick, this time Boga rustling the side-netting after cutting inside - the assistant’s flag soon following for offside.
Chelsea’s threat moved to the right as Alex Kiwomya worked some space brilliantly, before seeing his low cross on driven well over by Islam Feruz after 11 minutes.
The same combination came close again eight minutes later, this time Feruz’s scuffed shot flew just wide.
Norwich also had their moments. Josh’s twin Jacob produced a cross that flew just too high for Harry Toffolo and too wide for Beeney’s far post, while Cameron Norman’s rampaging run and cross from the right was well cleared by Davey as Cameron King challenged.
Moments later Norman was involved again, this time clearing off the line from Nathan Ake after Norwich goalkeeper William Britt had saved the defender’s initial point-blank effort.
The first half’s pattern was quickly restored after the break, but the best chance fell to the home side on 57 minutes.
Josh Murphy’s clever reverse pass sent Carlton Morris clear and he cut inside, only to drill a glorious chance over.
An entertaining game continued to open up with Norwich defending resolutely as Chelsea upped the pressure, but ultimately failed to nudge themselves ahead.
And they were hit by a sucker punch in added time, as Josh Murphy’s quick feet proved too much for Davey who stumbled into the winger to concede the penalty that saw McGeehan secure City’s advantage.
The two sides will reunite for the second leg at Stamford Bridge on the evening of Monday 13 May.
Norwich City: Britt; Norman, McFadden, Toffolo, Wyatt; McGeehan (c); Jacob Murphy, Randall, King (Young 75), Joshua Murphy; Morris
Subs not used: Reading (GK), Lokko, Hodd, Brown.
Chelsea: Beeney; Aina, Davey, Ake, Wright; Baker (c); Kiwomya, Loftus-Cheek, Colkett (Swift 60), Boga; Feruz (Musonda 73)
Subs not used: Killip (GK), Conroy, Dabo, Musonda.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Norwich City 1-0 Chelsea