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Young Canaries seal another thrilling FA Youth Cup comeback to beat Newcastle 4-3 and earn home quarter-final

Anthony Spyrou fires home the winner to make it 4-3 in extra time. Picture: Nick Butcher

Anthony Spyrou fires home the winner to make it 4-3 in extra time. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Yet another Carrow Road thriller has sent Norwich City Under-18s through to the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals for the third time in six seasons.

Alan Fleming was on target for Norwich City's FA Youth Cup hopefuls in the last round's win over Newcastle. Picture: Nick ButcherAlan Fleming was on target for Norwich City's FA Youth Cup hopefuls in the last round's win over Newcastle. Picture: Nick Butcher

Alfie Payne and Aaron Ekumah both made vital blocks for City before the visitors took the lead in the 25th minute, Kelland Watts heading home after his initial shot was parried by young keeper Dante Baptiste.

Strikers Adam Idah and Anthony Spyrou kept offering the Canaries hope and Newcastle defender Oisin McEntee made a heroic block from a Spyrou volley five minutes later, only for the Magpies score again in the 39th minute.

Alan Fleming gave away a free-kick on the left and City tried to hold a high line as Magpies skipper Sean Longstaff swung in the free-kick but striker Elias Sorensen got across to nod down and past Baptiste for 2-0.

It was looking bleak for David Wright’s side but Spyrou gave the hosts hope in the final minute of the half, in strange style.

Anthony Spyrou pulls a goal back just before half-time during City's FA Youth Cup fifth round clash against Newcastle. Picture: Nick ButcherAnthony Spyrou pulls a goal back just before half-time during City's FA Youth Cup fifth round clash against Newcastle. Picture: Nick Butcher

Isak Thorvaldsson’s fine pass into the right channel allowed Spyrou to charge at goal and lash a shot which keeper Daniel Langley could only parry up on to his bar and then desperately swipe the ball away from his line as it spun goalwards – with everyone holding their breath until the linesman gave the goal.

It was perfectly timed and City came out for the second half fired up, equalising in the 70th minute as Timi Odusina leapt high to head home captain Payne’s corner.

The Canaries had come from behind to progress in both the previous rounds and did it again, Newcastle hitting the post with a Thomas Allan header after a corner but the hosts streaking away and Fleming going through one-on-one and chipping the keeper from close range – to spark wild celebrations.

They proved premature though, as Adam Wilson lashed in a low shot from 15 yards in the third minute of injury-time to take the game into extra-time, before yet another twist in the tale.

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Newcastle keeper Daniel Langley is unable to keep out Anthony Spyrou shot.
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Newcastle keeper Daniel Langley is unable to keep out Anthony Spyrou shot. Picture: Nick Butcher

Idah – who had lost the ball in the lead up to Newcastle’s equaliser – countered and forced Langley to save with his feet, only for Spyrou to follow up and lash home from 10 yards and settle an entertaining seven-goal thriller.

Bury or Birmingham now await in the quarter-finals, with the tie again set to be played at Carrow Road.

Norwich (4-2-3-1): Baptiste; Aarons, Odusina, Ekumah, Kamal; Payne (C), Thorvaldsson; Thompson-Brissett (Barnes 65), Spyrou, Fleming (Barkarson 116); Idah. Unused subs: Hutchinson, Mehmeti, Tanimowo

Goals: Spyrou (45, 101), Odusina (70), Fleming (81)

City head coach Daniel Farke was an interested spectator during the Canaries' FA Youth Cup fifth round tie. Picture: Nick ButcherCity head coach Daniel Farke was an interested spectator during the Canaries' FA Youth Cup fifth round tie. Picture: Nick Butcher

Booked: Thorvalddson (foul on McEntee, 48)

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Langley; Cass, McEntee, Gamblin, Walters; Longstaff (C), Goodridge (Young 74); Allan (Russell 106), Watts, Wilson, Sorensen (Aplin 106). Unused subs: Huuhtanen, Swailes

Goals: Watts (25), Sorensen (39), Wilson (90+3)

Booked: Sorensen (unsporting behaviour, 75)

City youngster Bilal Kamal tries to find a way through the Newcastle defence. Picture: Nick ButcherCity youngster Bilal Kamal tries to find a way through the Newcastle defence. Picture: Nick Butcher

Referee: Josh Smith

Attendance: 1,000 (estimated)

Newcastle celebrate Kelland Watts opening the scoring at Carrow Road. Picture: Nick ButcherNewcastle celebrate Kelland Watts opening the scoring at Carrow Road. Picture: Nick Butcher

City's Max Aarons goes up for a header during City's FA Youth Cup clash against Newcastle. Picture: Nick ButcherCity's Max Aarons goes up for a header during City's FA Youth Cup clash against Newcastle. Picture: Nick Butcher

Anthony Spyrou was Norwich City Under-18s' hero as his double helped the youngsters to a 4-3 win over Newcastle in the FA Youth Cup fifth round last night. Picture: Nick ButcherAnthony Spyrou was Norwich City Under-18s' hero as his double helped the youngsters to a 4-3 win over Newcastle in the FA Youth Cup fifth round last night. Picture: Nick Butcher

Anthony Spyrou is mobbed by his team-mates after his winner. Picture: Nick ButcherAnthony Spyrou is mobbed by his team-mates after his winner. Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Alfie Payne battles for the ball.
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Alfie Payne battles for the ball. Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Timi Odusina scores for Norwich from a corner delivered by Alfie Payne.
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Timi Odusina scores for Norwich from a corner delivered by Alfie Payne. Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Timi Odusina scores for Norwich from a corner delivered by Alfie Payne.
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Timi Odusina scores for Norwich from a corner delivered by Alfie Payne. Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Timi Odusina scores for Norwich from a corner delivered by Alfie Payne.
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Timi Odusina scores for Norwich from a corner delivered by Alfie Payne. Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Alan Fleming scores for Norwich
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Alan Fleming scores for Norwich Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Alan Fleming scores for Norwich
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Alan Fleming scores for Norwich Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Alan Fleming scores for Norwich
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Alan Fleming scores for Norwich Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Alan Fleming scores for Norwich.
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Alan Fleming scores for Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher

David Wright talks to his players after Newcastle scored a late equaliser to take City's FA Youth Cup fifth round tie to extra-time at Carrow Road. Picture: Nick ButcherDavid Wright talks to his players after Newcastle scored a late equaliser to take City's FA Youth Cup fifth round tie to extra-time at Carrow Road. Picture: Nick Butcher

FA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's.
Isak Thorvaldsson
Picture: Nick ButcherFA Youth Cup 5th round action between Norwich City Under18's and Newcastle United Under18's. Isak Thorvaldsson Picture: Nick Butcher

Anthony Spyrou is mobbed by his team-mates after his winner. Picture: Nick ButcherAnthony Spyrou is mobbed by his team-mates after his winner. Picture: Nick Butcher

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