Friday 17 March 2017, 2:30pm at Colney Training Centre, Norwich
Norwich City
Norwich City
McIntosh 21', 40', 43'; Adams 95'; Spyrou 115'
Fulham FC
Edun 7'; Thorsteinsson 19'; Kait 69'; Walker 94'; Williams (pen) 110'

21' Goal

Louis McIntosh

40' Goal

Louis McIntosh

43' Goal

Louis McIntosh

95' Goal

Ebou Adams

115' Goal

Anthony Spyrou

110' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Anthony Spyrou
Off:Todd Cantwell

7' Goal

Adetayo Edun
Assist by George Williams

19' Goal

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson

69' Goal

Mattias Kait
Assist by Josh Smile

94' Goal

Josh Walker

110' Penalty

George Williams

29' Yellow Card

Marlon Fossey Card was given for a foul

34' Yellow Card

George Williams Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Walker
Off:Marlon Fossey

116' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Foday Nabay
Off:Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson

Fulham went out of the Premier League Cup on penalties after a remarkable goal-laden tie away to Norwich City.

Fulham lost 3-2 to Norwich on penalties after their Premier League Cup Last-16 cup tie finished 5-5 after extra-time.

It was a spectacular game at the Colney Training Centre, with the Whites unlucky not to have made it through to the Quarter-Finals.

Fulham came into this game having won five of their six group matches in the competition, and had played the Canaries twice already this year in the PL2 without a win.

The last time these two teams met the match ended in a draw, after the Whites conceded an own goal and a penalty having been ahead by two.

The match kicked off in at the windy training ground, and the first clear cut attack of the game came from the Whites in the seventh minute.

George Williams received the ball just outside the box and played a through ball to Tayo Edun, running at pace into the left of the area. He only needed one touch and slotted it left of the keeper into the net to give Fulham an early advantage.

Five minutes later Norwich showed warning signs of getting back into the match. Bewley Ashby-Seal cut a ball back through the box, with Louis McIntosh cleverly stepping over the ball for it to roll to an unmarked Ebou Adams who shot it over the bar.

The first quarter hour of the game the Whites controlled well, with the lion’s share of the possession whilst trying to work their way into the Norwich final third. Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson played a lovely weighted pass into Elijah Adebayo, whose shot was blocked out for a corner.

The match exploded into action, and when Thorsteinsson received a pass over 25 yards from goal, he let loose a ferocious strike. He shot left, across the goal and the ball swerved past the keeper into the net to double the Whites’ advantage.

It didn’t take long for the Canaries to get back into the game. Two minutes after Thorsteinsson’s goal, McIntosh made his way into the Fulham area with the ball. He got an effort away before being closed down, and his shot past Taye Ashby-Hammond, in goal for Fulham, to half the deficit.  

That goal opened up the game, and Norwich’s persistence paid dividends with an equaliser coming in the 40th minute. Todd Cantwell ran at the backline and dinked the ball through to McIntosh, he executed a Cruyff turn and coolly slotted past Ashby-Hammond to level the match.

Thorsteinsson was straight back on the attack with a free-kick. His effort was on target, and Aston Oxborough in goal for the Canaries had to scamper across the goal line to knock it past the post for a corner.

Just before the break Ashley-Seal took a turn to run at the Fulham defence. He passed to McIntosh waiting inside the box right of the goal, and smashed his effort past Ashby-Hammond for his hat-trick, and to put Norwich in the lead for the first time, making it 3-2.

The second half started well for the Whites, getting on the ball more and going forward well. Ryheem Sheckleford hit some good balls into the box, and Williams curled an effort wide from the edge of the area.

Fulham came very close to equalising in the 61st minute of the game. Edun ran down the left of the pitch and bamboozled his defender with a turn. He put a brilliant cross in to Adebayo but he went with his foot when his head would have done the trick.

The Fulham pressure in the second half came good in the 69th minute. Josh Smile crossed a corner into the box and Mattias Kait rose up near the back post and with a powerful header put the ball past the Norwich goalkeeper, to make things even once more.

To say the least, the match was end to end. Straight after the goal the Canaries were on the attack again, and Ashby-Hammond was called into action, making a fantastic save to keep the score level.

Four minutes before the end of normal time, Ashby-Hammond was called upon once more, similar effort to the last but a fantastic save nonetheless to keep the Whites in the game.

Deep into injury time the Whites were awarded a free-kick centred outside the area. Williams and Smile stood over the ball, and the Welshman took the honours, dipping his free-kick over the wall. The keeper just got a hand to the ball, pushing it out for a corner.

The following corner a scramble ensued, and the ball was cleared. Josh Walker got onto the ball and with the final shot of the 90 hit it inches past the post. The ref blew his whistle to signal extra-time would be played.

Four minutes into extra-time and Walker received the ball in the area from Edun on the left, and the substitute fired his shot without hesitation straight past the keeper, to give Fulham the lead in extra time, making it 3-4.

Typical of this crazy game it took less than a minute for the Canaries to equalise. They attacked down the left of the pitch. Adams beat his defender, ran into the box and shot hard, hitting the crossbar before bouncing over the line.

The Whites had finally thought they had won it, with Thorsteinsson sprinting into the box with his defender chasing him. As he was closing in on goal, the defender chopped the Icelandic attacker down, giving away a penalty. Williams stepped up to the plate and dispatched it, rocketing it into the roof of the net.

The final goal came in the final minutes. The hat-trick hero McIntosh pulled a ball back to Anthony Spyrou, who had come on in extra time, and he passed it into the back of the net from the six yard line to ensure the match finished with penalties.

The Canaries won the penalty shootout 3-2, knocking Fulham out of the Premier League Cup. It was a fascinating match, and the Whites were unlucky not to be in the hat for the next round.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Friday 17 March 2017
Kick-off: 2:30pm

Venue: Colney Training Centre, Norwich

Norwich City

Line-up: Oxborough; Ramsay, Efete, Crowe, Lewis; McIntosh, McGranoles; Jaiyesimi, Cantwell (Spyrou 110'), Adams; Ashley-Seal

Unused substitutes: Hallett, Wallis, Aarons


Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Sheckleford, Davies, Jenz, Fossey (Walker 46'); Smile, Edun; Kait, Williams, Thorsteinsson (Nabay 116'); Adebayo

Unused substitutes: Norman, Mundle-Smith

Norwich City (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Aston Oxborough
  • 2Louis Ramsay
  • 5Michee Efete
  • 6Joe Crowe
  • 3Jamal Lewis
  • 8Louis McIntosh
  • 4Conor McGranoles
  • 7Diallang Jaiyesimi
  • 10Todd Cantwell
  • 11Ebou Adams
  • 9Benny Ashley-Seal
  • 12Anthony Spyrou
  • 13Jake Hallett
  • 14Owen Wallis
  • 15Max Aarons
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Moritz Jenz
  • 3Marlon Fossey
  • 4Josh Smile
  • 8Adetayo Edun
  • 7Mattias Kait
  • 10George Williams
  • 11Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
  • 9Elijah Adebayo
  • 12Felix Norman
  • 14Jayden Mundle-Smith
  • 15Foday Nabay
  • 16Josh Walker