Late Goal, sees the U23 win at Norwich! NCFC U23 2-3 AVFC U23 Match Review.

The Aston Villa U23S, travelled to the Lotus training centre to play their game against Norwich (U23'S).


Villa started the game fast, as they got a corner in the 5th minute, it was whipped in dangerously but cleared just to the edge of the box where Farr hit a volley from outside the box, which was heroically cleared off the line by Norwich defender Ethen Vaughan.


This block wouldn’t keep the villa out for long, however. As Villa pushed for the opener once more, Louie Barry was pushed from behind inside the box, the referee pointing straight to the spot. Barry stepped up to the penalty, converting past Joe Rose, who’s fingertips weren’t enough to stop the shot.


Using momentum from the penalty, Villa kept on going to try and grab a second. Just before the 20 minute mark, Central defender Miles Sohna headed over from 6 yards out following a corner.


Norwich started finding a bit of control into the game, as they had their first shot of the game as Matthew Dennis saw his shot from the edge of the box drag wide of the target, keeping Aston Villa ahead.

This block wouldn’t keep the villa out for long, however. As Villa pushed for the opener once more,

Charlie Farr once again tested Joe Rose, from a shot inside the box that was comfortably saves by the 19 year old. The attack started from an Aston Villa counter - attack.


As the young Canaries picked their intensity up in the last 15 minutes of the first-half, they probed Villa for the equaliser. A few crosses into the box by the full-backs, didn't trouble the villa defence, until a Ethen Vaughan cross from the right flank fell nicely for Dennis who got a foot to it to put the ball in the back of the net.


Turning the tides of the game, City then came close to taking the lead when Josh Giurgi fired for goal from distance after intercepting a pass, his effort forcing Akos Onodi to a scrambling save to end the half.


Norwich started the 2nd half very well, as Tom Dickson-Peters, done amazingly to set up a 2 on 1 with winger Guirgi but it was intercepted amazingly. Less than ten minutes into the second half, City found the lead. A corner delivered into the box from Reece McAlear was seen away from Villa, but only as far as Nelson Khumbeni, who laced his shot through the crowd of shirts and into the back of the net.


Only 2 minutes later, villa earned another penalty with midfielder Lamare Bogarde being fouled in the box. Louie Barry stepped up to take it and slotted it nicely into the corner.


Norwich held on until the 93rd minute, Villa found the winner when Barry capitalised on a City error, burying his shot past Rose to complete his hat-trick and earn the visitors all three points.



A great win, onto Reading!



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