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Tuesday 30 April 2013

Barclays U21s: Newcastle set up Group 2 decider

Magpies beat Norwich and will take on Bolton next week with the title up for grabs

Newcastle United's Dan Gosling scored the winner in the victory over Norwich

The race for top spot in the Group 2 of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League will go to the final day after Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers won last night to set up a winner-takes-all match on Friday.

Norwich City 1-2 Newcastle United

Newcastle came from behind to beat Norwich City and got to the top of Group 2 at Colney Training Centre.

Harrison Heath put the home side, who were aiming to top the group themselves, into the lead on 15 minutes, but Gael Bigirimana curled in a free-kick to mean that the sides went in level at the break.

Dan Gosling then stole in late to head home and send Newcastle above Reading with 22 points after 11 matches.

Norwich City report | Newcastle United report

Crystal Palace 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton got the victory they needed at Selhurst Park to maintain their hopes of top spot. Tom Youngs, who scored the winner against Reading a week earlier, was the scorer of the only goal five minutes before the end.

The three points mean that Bolton have to beat Newcastle by four goals to usurp them for the top spot in Group 2 and a chance to meet Group 1 winners Everton in the play-offs.

Crystal Palace report | Bolton report

Southampton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Southampton's hopes of catching the top three in the Elite Group were hit by this goalless draw at Staplewood against group winners Tottenham Hotspur.

It was an exciting match with chances at either end but a point moved Southampton up to fourth but with only one match remaining, against West Ham United on Thursday, they need to win that and hope that Liverpool lose their two remaining matches, against Arsenal and Manchester United to qualify for the final phase.

Southampton report | Spurs report

Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

Group 1 winners Everton played out their third goalless draw in succession against Aston Villa team to finish their regular campaign. Both sides hit the woodwork and had a number of other chances to break the deadlock at Bodymoor Heath but neither team could convert. Villa’s Gary Gardner continued his comeback from a long-term knee injury, playing for more than an hour.

Aston Villa report | Everton report

Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Chelsea ended their campaign with a narrow victory over Blackburn Rovers, thanks to a late goal from Billy Clifford. The player, who had just returned from a loan with Colchester United struck the only goal five minutes from time.

Chelsea report | Blackburn report

Barclays U21 Premier League results

Thursday 25 April
Group 1
Everton 0-0 Chelsea

Friday 26 April
Elite Group

West Ham (Marlow, Lee) 2-1 Liverpool (Adorjan pen)
Wolves (Whittall) 1-0 Man Utd

Group 1
Fulham (Beading og, David) 2-2 Sunderland (Noble, Gorrin)

Group 2
Man City (Huws, Guidetti, Suarez) 3-1 Norwich City (Kelly)

Monday, 29 April
Elite Group
Southampton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Group 1
Aston Villa 0-0 Everton
Chelsea (Clifford) 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Group 2
Crystal Palace 0-1 Bolton Wanderers (Youngs)
Norwich City (Heath) 1-2 Newcastle United (Bigirimana, Gosling)

Barclays U21 Premier League fixtures

7pm unless mentioned

Tuesday, 30 April

Elite Group
Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Barnet
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion, Old Trafford

Download full fixture list here  | For full results click here

To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Newcastle go top of Group 2 of Barclays U21 Premier League with win over Norwich
  • Bolton defeat Crystal Palace and will play the Magpies next week in title decider
  • Elite Group winners Tottenham draw with Southampton

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