Ipswich Town U18s 2, Norwich City U18s 2
The young Canaries produced a second-half revival as they came from two goals down to take a well-deserved share of the spoils in their FA Premier Academy League game at Ipswich.
Town took a two-goal lead into the break after City had lost experienced defender Sam Habergham after just nine minutes, but their superb performance in the second period keeps them in the hunt at the sharp end of the league.
City had an early opening when Remy Gordon fired a shot across goal before the action switched to the other end and it needed a clearance from trialist Ryan Fryatt to deny Town's Carel Tiofack.
Ricky Martin was forced into an early change when Habergham suffered a knee injury, making way for Taylor McKenzie, who was making his first appearance since a lengthy injury. But just 60 seconds later, Town opened the scoring when Joshua Carson beat Remi Matthews with a 20-yard rising shot that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.
Norwich looked to reply but from a similar distance Ryan Oakley fired his effort just over the bar. Gordon again shot across goal from the tightest of angles, while City captain Matthew Ball forced Town keeper Cody Cropper into action from a 25-yard free kick.
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After 35 minutes Town almost doubled their advantage when Carson hit the bar, but with Tiofack picking up the rebound it needed a superb save from Matthews to keep City in touch.
Cropper had to be alert to turn a Josh Dawkin header over the bar, but with the game four minutes into first-half stoppage time, City were caught on the break when Carson sent in an inviting low cross that Tom Winter finished at the far post.
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It took Norwich six minutes after the break to pull a goal back when Richard Brindley unleashed an unstoppable 20-yard effort.
Dawkin forced Cropper into a good save as City went all out for the equaliser and it came on 73 minutes when, from a Gordon corner, Ball, with his back to goal, found enough space in the box to turn and lift the ball into the top corner. Town were reduced to 10 men deep in stoppage time when Carson was shown a second yellow card.
• Ipswich: Cropper, Bennett, Whight, Jones, Meekings, McKeown, Tiofack, Scotcher (Lawrence, 29), Burke, Carson, Winter (Simmons, 81). Subs not used: Maduako, O'Donnell, Acott.
• Norwich: Matthews, Jones, Gordon, Brindley, Fryatt, Habergham (McKenzie, 9), Oakley, Dawkin, Werndly (Loza, 85), Ball, Kelly. Subs not used: Stephens, Dobbs, Clunan.
• City man of match: Richard Brindley.