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Forest Knocked Out Of Youth Cup

16 April 2013

Nottingham Forest went out of the FA Youth Cup after losing 5-4 in a penalty shoot out to Norwich City.

Jordan Palmer-Samuels had scored early on to get The Reds back on level terms in the tie.  

His early strike proved to be the only goal of the game.

The game went to extra time and then penalties after neither team could find a winning goal.  

Gary Brazil made just one change to the side that lost 1-0 Norwich in the Semi Final 1st Leg with Jordan Palmer-Samuels replacing Jorge Grant who dropped to the bench.  

And it was Palmer-Samuels who opened the scoring on 11 minutes.  

Jack Blake’s corner to the back post was cleared only as far as Palmer-Samuels whose low shot from the edge of the box found its way through a crowd of bodies and into the back of the net to bring The Reds level in the tie.  

After that Norwich upped their game, twin brothers Jacob and Joshua Murphy the main architects for the Canaries, causing Forest all sorts of problems down the wings.  

On 23 minutes the latter found in himself in on goal after a mazy run down the left hand side but a last-ditch tackle from Gorman forced a corner. From the resultant corner, Jordan Smith was called into action punching a header off the goal-line.  

Gorman was called upon again two minutes later to deny Carlton Morris a tap in from six yards out after Jacob Murphy's square ball back from the byline found the striker in acres of space.  

With less than ten minutes to go until half time, Murphy fired just over for Norwich after dancing his way past three Forest defenders down the left hand side  

Palmer-Samuels almost had a second on 38 minutes after ball over the top from Kieran Wallace saw him get goal side of Kyle McFadden. He nudged the ball past the outcoming William Britt but McFadden got back into time clear off the goal line and at half time Forest lead 1-0.  

Forest started the second half brightly, Wallace stunning the palms of Britt a minute into the half with a low strike from 20 yards.  

On 55 minutes Jacob Murphy battled past three challenges down the right to get to the Forest byline, his square ball back found Reece Hall-Johnson six yards out but the Norwich midfielder couldn’t get the ball under control and the pressure on The Reds goal was eased.  

Two minutes later brother Josh found room down the left to cross to the back post. Morris sent a powerful header straight at Smith but the 'keeper couldn’t keep a hold of it and it fell to King four yards out who failed to turn the ball into the empty net.  

A minute later Norwich were down to ten men, Cameron Norman was sent off for a second bookable offence.  

On 65 minutes Jacob Murphy’s corner from the right hand side found McFadden ten yards out who steered header towards goal was punched away well by Smith.  

With seven minutes to go Forest came close to doubling their lead as Lawrence Gorman headed just over from Jack Blake’s corner.  

Jacob Murphy almost wrapped up the tie for Norwich with three minutes to go of normal time. His volley from the edge of the box was cleared away by the Forest defence.  

It ended 1-0 after 90 minutes so the game went into extra time.  

The Murphy twins almost won it for the Canaries with four minutes left in extra time. Joshua Murphy ran at pace into the box and was denied a goal by a sliding challenge from Gorman, the ball broke to Jacob whose shot from the edge of the box was saved well by Smith.  

Neither team created any other chances of note as so the game went down to a penalty shoot-out  

Jack Blake’s missed penalty proved to be costly for The Reds as Reece Hall-Johnson came back to haunt Forest again scoring the winning penalty to Norwich into the final.  

Here is how the shoot-out went.  

Forest: Wallace (Scored), Kamaneno (Scored), Fenton (Scored), Blake (Missed), Gorman (Scored).  
Norwich: McFadden (Scored), McGeehan (Scored), Murphy (Scored), Morris (Scored), Hall-Johnson (Scored).

Forest: Smith, Hollingsworth, Kamaneno, Blake, Gorman, Fenton, Gnahore (Grant 68') Otim (Elliott 113'), Ferrier (Petravicius 101'), Wallace, Palmer-Samuels
Subs: Durrant (GK), Grant, Elliott, Petravicius, Sebastiao

Norwich: Britt, Norman, McFadden, Toffolo, Wyatt, McGeehan (c); Hall-Johnson, King (Young 57') (Barker 62'), Jacob Murphy (Randall 128'), Josh Murphy, Morris.
Subs: Lokko, Reading (GK), Barker, Randall, Young.

Attedance: 9,690
Referee: Mr S Atwell

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