Jacob Murphy’s brace earns Norwich City’s development squad a 2-2 draw against Chelsea’s Under-21s
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Jacob Murphy's brace pegged back 10-man Chelsea's Under-21s as Norwich City's development squad finished their campaign with a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road on Wednesday afternoon.
Paul Wilkinson's squad trailed to goals from the prolific Tammy Abraham and Charly Musonda before Murphy dragged the hosts back into it prior to the interval and levelled with a coolly-taken finish - seconds after Jake Clarke-Salter had been dismissed for a second yellow card.
Norwich's line up featured none of Alex Neil's senior men ahead of Bank Holiday Monday's Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough with Jacob's twin, Josh, also a notable absentee after his place on the bench for last weekend's semi-final, second leg win against Ipswich.
Abraham rolled past Remi Matthews in the sixth minute to nudge the Blues in front and notch his 41st of the season. Murphy slammed the base of the left-hand upright with a low strike seconds after the restart.
Mathews then saved with his legs from Kasey Palmer with the Blues' slick attacking movements continuing to cause the hosts problems. Carlton Morris' glancing header was gathered by Mitchell Beeney. Morris was then denied in the 15th minute by Fankaty Dabo's goal-saving headed clearance after Murphy had squared the ball to the unmarked frontman.
Morris remained a prominent figure with a rising shot tipped over by Beeney at full stretch. Musonda's first-time volley clipped the top of Matthews' bar and rebounded back into play after another impressive Chelsea counter.
Murphy brought a fine stop from Beeney in the 37th minute with a curling right-footed effort veering inside the far post before the Chelsea keeper tipped it around.
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City were punished a minute later when Musonda was allowed to advance to the edge of the Norwich box and drill a low effort into Matthews bottom right-hand corner.
But Murphy dragged the hosts back into the contest in the 41st minute with a wonderful angled finish on the run after collecting Morris' pass which Beeney could only parry against the inside of his left-hand post.
Norwich started on the front foot after the restart with clever play from Murphy creating a chance but Cameron King's intended slip pass ran out of play.
The impressive Musonda led the breakout before teeing up Abraham who dragged wide. Chelsea were reduced to 10 men when Clarke-Salter picked up a second yellow card for wiping out Cameron Norman.
City punished the Blues further when Murphy guided an excellent 20-yard finish into the bottom corner to draw Norwich level.
Murphy scuffed his hat-trick chance in the 67th minute when he swivelled onto Reece Hall-Johnson's cross but fail to muster enough power to trouble Beeney.
Hall-Johnson continued to profit from the extra space and picked out Louis Ramsay who clipped wide at the near post.
Musonda's dipping free kick was tipped over by Matthews with Chelsea looking for a late riposte before Matthews denied Abraham in stoppage time and Ruben Sammut slammed the follow-up wide.
Morris's scrambled effort at the opposite end was then hacked off the Blues' line in a frenetic end to the contest.
Beeney then denied Murphy and Conor McGrandles with Wilkinson's squad finishing the stronger.
• Norwich City U21s: Matthews, Hall-Johnson, Awuah (Gafaiti 45), Grant, McFadden (Couzens 45), Efete, Norman, McGrandles, Morris, King (Ramsay 75), Murphy. Subs: Killip, Crowe.
• Booking: Morris (foul on Aina, 60)
• Goals: Murphy (41, 67)
• Chelsea U21s: Benney, Dabo, Conroy (Colkett 60), Clarke-Salter, Aina, Scott (Sammut 85), Brown, Houghton, Abraham, Musonda, Palmer (Solanke 69). Subs: Collins, Muheim.
• Booking: Clarke-Salter (foul on Morris, 58)
• Sending off: Clarke-Salter (foul on Norman, 66)
• Goals: Abraham (6); Musonda (38)
• Referee: I Fissenden