U19 Match Report - Charlton Athletic (Lyngby Cup) 01.08.03



A last minute equaliser and some cool heads in the penalty shoot-out allowed Norwich to secure a place in the final in this tense all English clash.

City made the worst possible start, allowing Charlton to take the lead after just 6 minutes. The volley from the edge of the area was a great goal for the Londoners but a shock for the Canaries who had Greg Crane back at the heart of the defence.

A tight game developed with few chances on either side.

Robert Elliott in the Charlton goal commanded his area and it was clear that the Canaries would have to raise their game to stand a chance against their "premiership" opposition.
Lee Blackburn

No joy for Lee Blackburn against the Charlton keeper in the first-half

Greg Crane

Greg Crane rises high to head the equaliser in the last minute
City came out from the half-time team talk full of energy and took the game to their opponents.

Josh Clarke won the ball on the edge of the area but couldn't beat the excellent Elliott. Lee Blackburn did manage to beat the Charlton keeper a few minutes later but saw his header cleared off the line.

Just when it seemed City's chance had gone, Greg Crane powered in an equalising header from a corner with just a minute to go.

With neither side breaking the deadlock in 20 minutes of extra-time the inevitable penalty shoot-out followed. City's penalty takers (Crow, Clarke, Smith and Chick) were all convincing while Joe Lewis saved an early Charlton spot-kick. When Lewis then saved Charlton's fifth attempt low to his right it was all over.

City would now face KB Copenhagen in the Final without influential midfielder Lee Blackburn who was suspended following a third yellow card in this game.

City line up: Lewis, Willis, Chick, Crane, Tyrie [J. Osborne 55], Smith, Howell [Gusterson 79], Blackburn, Clarke, Crow, Eagle [Howlett 46].

Subs not used: A. Osborne, Watts, Fisk.

Further Action From The Match

Lee Blackburn

Lee Blackburn and Adam Smith kick-off

The Crowd

Norwich players' parents and relations didn't have much to shout about in the first half

Adam Smith

Adam Smith in full flow


The Charlton defence held together until the 89th minute

Lee Blackburn

Lee Blackburn goes up for the ball

Josh Clarke

Josh Clarke wins the competition for the biggest smile after the penalty shoot-out win

Report and Pictures from Paul Standley.