Story of the match: Norwich City U23s 1 Bournemouth U23s 0
PUBLISHED: 21:31 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 23:01 22 January 2018
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Carrow Road hosted under-23s football this evening as Norwich City beat Bournemouth 1-0 in the Premier League Cup group stages – and you can re-live all the action right here.
City’s U23s go into the game unbeaten in five matches, lifting themselves to sixth in Division Two of Premier League Two thanks to a 4-3 win over Newcastle at Colney and a 3-1 win away to Stoke since the turn of the year.
Those wins added to a 1-1 draw at Brighton and a 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough prior to Christmas, which followed a 1-0 win at Bury in Group C of the PL Cup.
Matt Gill’s side were beaten 3-2 at the Vitality Stadium by a strong Bournemouth side in the group stages of the PL Cup in September, with £10million signing Benik Afobe scoring a hat-trick to cancel out a Tristan Abrahams brace, and Callum Wilson also playing up front for the Cherries.
The Canaries’ other game in Group C was also a thriller, bouncing back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Wolves thanks to Todd Cantwell goals either side of another Abrahams strike.
Bournemouth do not play in Premier League Two as their academy does not meet the required standard, although the south coast club are pursuing a multi-million pound training complex which would bring them up to standard.
Their development squad sit third in Central League South and are without a win in four games, drawing a friendly with QPR 0-0 and losing 2-1 at home to MK Dons earlier this month.
Recent City signing Simon Power is hoping to play at Carrow Road for the first time, having made his U23s debut from the bench during the win over Newcastle at Colney.
“It was a dramatic game and in the end we were able to get the win,” the Republic of Ireland U19 winger said. “I got to come on in the second half and think I made a difference. It was an enjoyable experience.
“I’ve never really played in a stadium as big as Carrow Road, so I’m looking forward to it. It would be a dream come true if I was able to play.
“Since a very young age I dreamed of playing over in England, in stadiums like that. It would mean a lot to me.”
The 19-year-old was signed from UC Dublin earlier this month.
“I’m really enjoying it, having been here a couple of weeks now,” he continued, speaking to City’s website.
“I’ve settled in well and all the lads have been good to me, which really helps. The club is outstanding and everything is a really high standard.
“Norwich as a place is quite similar to where I live back in Ireland. It was definitely a really good choice for me.
“I grew up watching Wes Hoolahan play for Ireland, so he’s a bit of a hero to me. I look up to him, so it’s great to see him about the place all the time.”
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