Norwich City U18s 1, Crystal Palace U18s 1

Angus Gunn - son of City goalkeeping legend Bryan - made his Under-18s debut on Saturday, at the age of just 15 years and 16 days, helping the young Canaries fight back for a share of the spoils.

Academy boss Ricky Martin did have a couple of experienced faces in his starting line-up, with Josh Dawkin and, fresh from his string of appearances on loan at Barnet, George Francomb, who played alongside Sam Habergham in defence.

Right from the off it was clear the strong wind was going to play a major part as the Eagles took the game to City, with Kyle De Silva chipping an early effort over Gunn's goal.

City's first effort came from captain Matt Ball, whose curling effort was gathered by Ross Fitzsimmons in the visitors' goal, while moments later he needed two attempts to gather a shot from Jack Werndly, who struck the ball sweetly on the turn.

The best chance of the half fell to Werndly, who was sent clear by Ball, but pulled his shot wide of the target.

City had the wind advantage for the second half, but just two minutes in and they found themselves behind when, from a corner, Conor Diamond sent a near post header just inside the upright.

Norwich looked to reply and were unlucky just a couple of minutes later when Richard Brindley saw a 25-yard effort strike a post.

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Martin's side had the visitors' goal under siege, with Jason Dodds twice going close, but with 67 minutes on the clock they got the goal they deserved when from Remy Gordon's short corner Ball cut into the box before curling an effort against the bar, the ball falling for Dawkin, who made no mistake from six yards.

The lively Brindley saw another long-range effort blocked while Ball shot wide of the target before Dawkin was sent clean through but, with just Fitzsimmons, to beat failed to hit the target.

Deep into injury time Ball almost claimed all three points for City with an audacious effort from the halfway line that had Fitzsimmons beaten all ends up – only for the ball to crash back off the crossbar.

Norwich: Gunn, Jones, Gordon, Florence, Francomb, Habergham, Brindley, Dobbs (Oakley 66), Werndly, Ball, Dawkin. Subs not used: Matthews, Kelly, Clunan, McKenzie.

Crystal Palace: Fitzsimmons, Field, Daniel, Sow, Pringle, Diamond, De Silva (Knight 90), Winter, Sekassa, Gray, Carice (Mann 85). Subs not used: Williamson, Clarke, Bold.

City man of the match: Remy Gordon.

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