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Carrow Road | 25th February 2014 19:00

Norwich City U21s v Everton U21s

Everton Under-21s suffered a 2-1 defeat at Norwich City on Tuesday evening.

The young Blues travelled to Carrow Road looking to push into the top-half of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table.

But despite Tyias Browning's second-half equaliser, a deflected Josh Murphy effort and Jamar Loza's late finish ensured it would be the hosts picking up all three points.

Everton had started brightly and Matthew Kennedy, fresh from being recalled from his loan spell at Tranmere Rovers, almost opened the scoring inside 60 seconds.

Having drifted in from his left-wing berth, the young Scot picked up the ball centrally and forced Remi Matthew's into a fine one-handed save down to his right.

Conor McAleny made his first start since returning from a broken leg and came agonisingly close to capping it with a wondergoal.

In possession 25 yards out, the clinical forward struck with venom only to be denied by the crossbar with Matthews a helpless bystander.

Such was the Blues' luck, Norwich immediately made a breakthrough in cruel circumstances.

The lively Josh Murphy popped up centrally outside of the area and hit an effort that could have gone anywhere. With the aid of a wicked deflection, that turned out to be looping wildly over Mason Springthorpe and into the back of the net.
 
Springthorpe was able to thwart the Canaries' next attack when the Shrewsbury-born stopper got down low to deny the busy Loza.

Kennedy fired a free-kick wide, while fellow Tranmere returnee Matthew Pennington was unable to steer Luke Garbutt's corner on target.

The Blues looked to get on the front foot as the second half started and on 52 minutes there would be some reward.

Garbutt's free-kick looked to be comfortable for Matthews, but the goalkeeper patted the ball down with hesitation and gifted skipper Browning the opportunity to stab home.

The predominantly-teenage Toffees coped well with the hosts' experienced duo Jonny Howson and Luciano Becchio and both were withdrawn having been stifled throughout.

But there was to be a second slice of fortune for Norwich when Loza was presented with two chances to find a winner.

The striker first fired into the feet of Browning and the rebound fell kind enough for him to try again and hit the net via the inside of Springthorpe's right-hand post.

A cruel blow for Everton, who looked to be in the ascendancy in the closing stages, and one they will look to bounce back from on Monday at Bolton Wanderers.

 
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