REPORT: Norwich City U23s 0 Swans U23s 2
28th November 2016
Two goals at Carrow Road helped Swansea City Under-23s stretch their Premier League 2 win streak to five consecutive games on Monday.
The young Swans took an early lead as Alex Samuel's break into the box forced an own goal from the unfortunate Canaries defence.
Swansea extended their advantage ten minutes into the second half as striker Botti Biabi netted his fourth of the season from the penalty spot after Daniel James was fouled.
Swansea held on to record their ninth win of the season extending their lead at the top of division 2 to eight points.
The young Swans made five changes to the side that beat Brighton at Landore last week.
Slovenian keeper Gregor Zabret came back into goal, while academy products Joe Rodon and Aaron Lewis started in defence.
Daniel James and Botti Biabi were the other two changes with Biabi making his third PL2 start this season.
Norwich included the experience of goalkeeper Paul Jones and defender Michael Turner as their overage players.
NORWICH U23s: Paul Jones, Michee Efete, Ben Godfry, Michael Turner, Oluwarotimi Odusina, Joe Crowe (Louis McIntosh, 67), Ebou Adams, Ray Grant, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Glen Middleton (Kieran Higgs, 63), Carlton Morris.
UNUSED SUBS: Ben Killip, Emersson Mututala-Sambu, Benny Ashley-Seal.
SWANS U23s: Gregor Zabret, Tyler Reid, Aaron Lewis, Ryan Blair, Keston Davies (Capt), Joe Rodon, Daniel James, Jack Evans (Owain Jones, 81), Botti Biabi (Jordan Garrick, 90), George Byers, Alex Samuel.
UNUSED SUBS: Lewis Thomas, Tom Dyson, Tom Plezier.
The young Swans raced into an early lead at Carrow Road as winger Alex Samuel's burst of speed beat his marker into the box before his cross was put into his own net by unfortunate Canaries defender Ben Godfry on three minutes.
Swans keeper Gregor Zabret denied Norwich an equaliser with their first chance on goal five minutes later as the Slovenian punched clear a 25-yard free-kick from striker Carlton Morris.
Norwich continued to push to bring the score level as winger Diallang Jaiyesimi found space to break into the box before firing at goal, Zabret again equal to the effort.
Swansea looked good on the counter attack as Daniel James broke down the left with a 30-yard run before forcing experienced keeper Paul Jones into a low save deny a Swans second on 20 minutes.
The young Swans were forced to soak up some pressure from the home side late on in the half as Glenn Middleton flashed a chance across the face of goal before Ebou Adams ran onto a pass from Morris before firing wide minutes before the break.
HALF TIME: Norwich City U23s 0 - 1 Swans U23s
Swansea started the second half well and continued to look good for their lead as defender Tyler Reid fired a low shot to test Jones in the opening minutes of the restart.
Five minutes later and the young Swans had the opportunity to double their lead as Daniel James' pacey run into the box was ended in a foul from Godfry. Striker Botti Biabi stepped up to make no mistake from 12-yards to net his fourth of the season.
Norwich made sure Swansea knew the game was not over as Morris pounced on a ball inside to area to force Zabret into a fine save from six yards.
George Byers and Daniel James linked up well as the pacey winger again tested the Canaries defence with a series of crosses.
Norwich continued to look for a goal as Morris headed inches wide before Samuel broke on the counter but blazed his shot over the bar.
Swansea could of added a third through James - his effort denied again by Jones in the Canaries net - as Morris headed over again in injury time before Swansea sealed victory.
Photos by Norwich City FC / JasonPix