Watford stun holders Norwich City to book Liverpool tie in FA Youth Cup

Watford's Harry Kyprianou challenges during today's Under-18s game with Norwich City. Picture: Action Images

Watford's Harry Kyprianou challenges during today's Under-18s game with Norwich City. Picture: Action Images

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Watford dumped holders Norwich City out of the FA Youth Cup after a superb 3-1 win which earned them a fifth round tie at home to Liverpool. 

It took less than a minute for the hosts to open the scoring when Alex Jakubiak drilled the ball home. Watford extended their lead through Josh Doherty's penalty and a remarkable first 23 minutes continued when George Byers' thunderous strike made it 3-0. 

Norwich pulled one back in the second half through Rhys Browne's close-range effort but Watford held on to seal a memorable cup scalp.

The Hornets got off to a dream start after taking the lead in the 39th second of the game. Tom Rosenthal sent in a cross and Jakubiak swept the ball home from close range. 

It got even better for Watford when they were awarded a penalty after a foul on Jakubiak. Doherty stepped up and tucked away the spot kick to make it 2-0 after just 14 minutes. 

The Canaries created their first chance through Browne's header but his effort was straight into the arms of keeper Daniel Wilks. 

The rampant Hornets made it an almost unbelievable 3-0 after just 23 minutes when Byers struck a superb long-range shot which cannoned in off the post. 

Norwich desperately needed a spark to get into the contest and they forced another effort on goal through Jamie Eaton-Collins but his strike was held by Wilks. 

The holders went close to getting on the scoresheet but Carlton Morris' cross was flicked just wide by Browne before the break.

Watford made a bright start to the second half and Harry Kyprianou found himself in a dangerous position but his cross was too close to keeper Ben Killip. 

The hosts made their first change when Dennon Lewis was introduced in place of the lively Rosenthal. 

Norwich's pressure finally paid off after the hour mark when Kevin Lokko's header was turned in from close range by Browne.

Watford made a second substitution when they brought on Matthew Hall for Jorell Johnson. 

The Canaries were finishing the match strongly and should have added a second but Eaton-Collins fired over the crossbar. 

The Hornets went close to adding a fourth goal but Lewis' low shot was saved by Killip. 

Watford did not have too many scares late on as they ended the holders' defence and sealed a tie against Liverpool in the next round. 

Watford: Wilks; Barnum-Bobb, Young, Johnson (Hall, 69), Doherty; Hope, Byers, Dillon, Kyprianou; Rosenthal (Lewis, 62), Jakubiak

Subs not used: Martin, Cox, Bawling

Norwich City: Killip; Wyatt, Lokko, Awuah (Efete, 83), Norman; Grant (Burgess, 26), Hodd, Randall (Heath, 61), Eaton-Collins; Browne, Morris

Subs not used: Oxborough, Byrne-Hewitt

Attendance: 472

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4:08pm Sat 25 Jan 14

PaulgUSA says...

Great effort, Good Luck against Liverpool, wish I could be there to cheer the lads on!
Great effort, Good Luck against Liverpool, wish I could be there to cheer the lads on! PaulgUSA
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7:38pm Sat 25 Jan 14

akureyri says...

Is this the same club that is ruining British football with a successful junior team? What will we be accused of next?
Is this the same club that is ruining British football with a successful junior team? What will we be accused of next? akureyri
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10:03am Sun 26 Jan 14

chadderton orn says...

Well done young orns watched the final last season Norwich are a very good side. Looking good for our youth.
Well done young orns watched the final last season Norwich are a very good side. Looking good for our youth. chadderton orn
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