Norwich 0-1 Everton
A solitary goal from Courntney Duffus helped Everton Under-18s return to winning ways at Norwich City.
Having lost 3-2 at home to Reading in their previous fixture, coach Kevin Sheedy stressed that ‘good teams don’t get beat twice in a row’ and his words had the right effect on his players.
The young Blues settled into their stride early and a flowing 25-pass move very nearly brought a goal inside the opening minutes.
The visitors continued to dominate but squandered a number of chances before taking the lead just before half time.
George Green’s fine work allowed him to play the ball through for striker Duffus to round the keeper before sliding it home for the game’s only goal.
The Canaries improved after the break but Everton would suffer just the one nervy moment – Curtis Langton in the right place at the right time to hack the ball off the line as City briefly threatened to snatch an equaliser.
The result left Sheedy pleased with the response to the defeat to the Royals. “We were very good in the first half and got the goal through Courtney that we deserved,” he said.
“We probably should have had one or two before that because we missed a couple of good chances, which is frustrating because we worked on finishing in training.
“But we continued to dominate and while Norwich improved after half time, we had opportunities to kill off the game with a couple of good chances.
“In all though, it was a thoroughly deserved win for us.”