Norwich City U18s 3, Southampton U18s 3

With six of his squad sidelined through injury, Academy boss Ricky Martin was down to the bare bones on Saturday when the table topping Canaries played host to Southampton.

It was a gutsy performance from Martin's makeshift side, who battled back from 3-1 down to earn a share of the points in an entertaining game for the Colney regulars.

It took both teams some time to settle down and it needed an intervention from referee Goodman on 15 minutes to break the deadlock when he awarded Norwich a penalty when Sam Kelly was upended in the box. Captain Matthew Ball slotted the ball past Saints' keeper Jack Dovey.

The lead lasted just five minutes, the visitors hitting back when, from a corner, Ben Martin rose above the Norwich defence to head the ball beyond Jed Steer.

Southampton clearly had their tails up as City struggled to hold the visitors and it needed some great defending from the likes of Sam Habergham to keep the scores level at the break.

Ball saw a curling effort go just over the crossbar and City should have regained the lead when Jamar Loza found himself free in the box, but fired wide of the far post.

With 58 minutes on the clock it was the visitors who took the lead when Lloyd Isgrove cut in from the left flank to slide the ball under Steer.

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Just 10 minutes later and Saints doubled their advantage when Norwich were hit on the break, Andy Robinson firing in a low drive that went in off the inside of the post.

City reduced the arrears on 73 minutes with a superb individual goal from Loza, who danced his way past two defenders before slotting the ball past Dovey.

Ball was driving his team on and he was unlucky to see an effort turned on to the bar, but City's Captain Fantastic was not to be denied and on 79 minutes and with Southampton appealing for offside he fired the Canaries back on terms to round off a superb performance.

• Norwich: Steer, Barker, Gordon, Florence (Clunan 63), Jones, Habergham, Kelly, Dobbs (Toffolo 79), Loza, Ball, Dawkin. Subs not used: Matthews, Hall-Johnson.

• Southampton: Dovey, Young, Shaw (O'Sullivan 49), Robinson, Foot, Martin, Holder-Spooner (Chambers 63), Ward Prowse, Hoskins, Curtis, Isgrove (Moore 74). Subs not used: Welham, Sinclair.

• City Man of the match: Matthew Ball.