FA Youth Cup: Watford 3, Norwich City 1

Rhys Browne of Norwich City and Jorell Johnson of Watford in action during the FA Youth Cup fourth round match at Vicarage Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Rhys Browne of Norwich City and Jorell Johnson of Watford in action during the FA Youth Cup fourth round match at Vicarage Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Saturday, January 25, 2014
3:11 PM

Norwich City’s defence of the FA Youth Cup has been brought to an end in the fourth round at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

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Rhys Browne of Norwich scores his sides only goal during The FA Youth Cup fourth round match at Vicarage Road, Watford.Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 Rhys Browne of Norwich scores his sides only goal during The FA Youth Cup fourth round match at Vicarage Road, Watford.

With several of the Under-18s squad which won the trophy last season now ineligible, it was always going to be difficult for the new group of youngsters to repeat the success, and so that proved.

City started the match in the worst possible fashion, conceding after just 39 seconds.

Good link play between Watford strikers Alex Jakubiak and Tom Rosenthal allowed Jakubiak to lash home from the edge of the box on the half-volley, with his swerving effort too powerful for City keeper Ben Killip.

Watford were clearly fired up to take the scalp of the cup holders, and looked to have an extra yard of pace on the Norwich youngsters.

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Cameron Norman of Norwich and Ben Burgess of Norwich look dejected at the end of The FA Youth Cup fourth round match at Vicarage Road, Watford.Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 Cameron Norman of Norwich and Ben Burgess of Norwich look dejected at the end of The FA Youth Cup fourth round match at Vicarage Road, Watford.

The home side doubled their lead in the 12th minute after left-back Ben Wyatt bundled over Jakubiak in the box to give away a penalty, and was booked for the foul.

Left-back Josh Doherty curled the spot-kick into the bottom left-hand corner, past the grasping hand of Killip, to make it 2-0.

The young Canaries were really struggling to get going and they fell 3-0 behind in the 21st minute, to a cracking effort from Hornets midfielder George Byers.

The City defence cleared their lines but only as far as Byers around 25 yards from goal, who unleashed a rasping drive which went in off the left-hand post.

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Josh Doherty of Watford scores his sides 2nd goal from the penalty spot and celebrates during The FA Youth Cup fourth round match at Vicarage Road, Watford.Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 Josh Doherty of Watford scores his sides 2nd goal from the penalty spot and celebrates during The FA Youth Cup fourth round match at Vicarage Road, Watford.

Coach Neil Adams made a change in the 25th minute, bringing on defender Ben Burgess for midfielder Ray Grant and switching to a 5-3-2 formation, pushing Wyatt and skipper Cameron Norman forward as wing-backs.

The change at least gave City a foothold in the game and they pressed for a goal ahead of the break, but Norman was the closest just before half-time, with a powerful rising drive towards the top-right corner forcing Watford keeper Daniel Wilks into a good save.

After the break City looked much better though, continuing to press forward and coming close to scoring through the tricky Jamie Eaton-Collins in the 54th minute.

The attacker’s well-struck effort from 25 yards was swerving towards the bottom left-hand corner, only for Wilks to turn it behind.

But the goal finally came in the 62nd minute, from City’s fourth corner of the half and 10th overall.

Norman’s corner from the right was met on the far side of the box by centre-back Kevin Lokko, who headed down into the crowded box, where Rhys Browne was waiting to head home from close range.

The young Canaries continued to pile on the pressure but just couldn’t find the killer instinct to force their way back into the tie, eventually running out of steam in a reasonably uneventful end to the match after a breathless first half.

The defeat sees City miss out on a home tie with Liverpool in the fifth round and left Adams to pick up the disappointed youngsters, who were ruthlessly punished for their early nerves.

Click here to re-live the match through our live coverage from Vicarage Road and see Monday’s Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News for a full match report and reaction.

• Norwich U18s: Ben Killip, Cameron Norman (C), Reiss Awuah (Michee Efete 84), Kevin Lokko, Ben Wyatt, Henry Randall (Harrison Heath 60), Harvey Hodd, Ray Grant (Ben Burgess 25), Rhys Browne, Carlton Morris, Jamie Eaton-Collins. Unused subs: Aston Oxborough, Lewis Byrne-Hewitt.

• Watford U18s: Daniel Wilks, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Josh Doherty, George Byers, Jorell Johnson (C) (Matthew Hall 68), Alfie Young, Chris Dillon, Ryan Hope, Alex Jakubiak, Tom Rosenthal (Dennon Lewis 61), Harry Kyprianou. Unused subs: Mahalondo Martin, Ollie Cox, Bobson Bawling.

• Attendance: 472

13 comments

  • Odd that in-fighting almost allowed the fool that is Townchild get away with its trollery. At least stephen davis was on the case. Big ask for the new crop of lads just to carry on where the last crop finished. Neil Adams will get the best from those with potential while he`s in charge. I cannot see any comment from `andy`. Was it retro-deleted by die Grosskontrolleren?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Hoof The Hoot.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Bad luck lads, you did us proud last year and gave it a go this year. I don't know why the Hoots bashers comment on this as if it was Hoots fault

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • Townman - you just keep winning?!! Haven't you just put a stop to a 3-match losing streak?!! And in front of less than 15,000 1p5wich fans?

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    stephen davis

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • andy and waclor. best you stick to the kids matches. your comments are from about that sort of age group [or less]!!

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • It was always going to be a big ask to repeat what they achieved last year with many of last years team moving onwards and upwards.As for the Hughton bashers, yes I am one of them because the man is ruining our good name in the football world, with negative boring stubborn tactics, poor results in the main and no idea of how to get the best from players of international standard in many cases. That's why I am in complete agreement with HOOF THE HOOT and will say so at any given opportunity

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • Putney .. I sense a little irony. Funny to see a Sack Hughton comment on a game he had nothing to do with, though I agree with the sentiments. I just hope some more of the Cup winning youngsters from last season get a chance in the 'men's' game somewhere, be it with us, or lower league sides like 1ps5wich!

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • DaveG, what difference did it make when the manager made changes after 25 mins? We didnt turn the tie round an win it, did we. And to think that some fans think Neil Adams is better manager than Hughton? Time to wake up! IHIT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • A plan B isn't much use if you need it 25 mins in cos you're already 3-0 down. Doesn't that just mean it was badly wrong at the outset? So, in line with the general approach the City fans seem to take to disappointment, I'll go first. Quick, sack Adams now before its too late. I mean, come on, we won the FA Youth last year, shouldn't we be, like, world beaters now or something?

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    PutneyCanary

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • andy and waclor. best you stick to the kids matches. your comments are from about that sort of age group [or less]!!

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Even when you don't play your little club still finds a way of keeping the losing feeling still on a brighter note we just keep winning be funny when we swap with you

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    Townman

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Note how that even though match staretd disasterly for the young Canaries, the manager saw what was wrong, made a change after just 25 minutes and the Canaries were the best team after then. Amazing how good it is to have a plan B and to act on it early.

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    DaveG

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • andy and waclor. best you stick to the kids matches. your comments are from about that sort of age group [or less]!!

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

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