Norwich City U18s 4 Derby County U18s 2 – Canaries win dramatic FA Youth Cup fourth round tie
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Norwich City have reached the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup for a third successive season – after a dramatic extra-time win over Derby.
The match got off to a flying start, with the Rams taking the lead in just the seventh minute, Jason Knight performing a tidy spin inside the City box after good play from right-back Jayden Bogle, whose shot was blocked by Timi Odusina and almost looped in, only for striker Morgan Whittaker to poke home from close range.
The young Canaries equalised just six minutes later through winger Alan Fleming. Left-back Bilal Kamal started the move, playing Anthony Spyrou into the left channel, whose low cross was kept alive by Fleming before the 18-year-old lashed a shot high into the net from 15 yards.
The lead didn't last long though, with Odusina clumsily bringing down Louie Selby to the left of City's penalty area. Right-back Bogle went forward to take the set-piece and lashed a shot towards the near post which darted through a sea of bodies to fly past keeper Ryan Dickerson.
The second half was held up for 10 minutes shortly before the hour mark, after Rams skipper Max Bird needed lengthy treatment for a neck injury. The Canaries brought on Scotland U19 international winger Glenn Middleton as play restarted.
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The Canaries equalised again in the 80th minute, Fleming being brought down by Sibley and left-back Kamal calmly rolling home the penalty – but the drama was only just beginning.
City substitute Aaron Ekumah cleared off the line deep into injury-time, shortly before Max Aarons was adjudged to have fouled Cameron Cresswell in the box, but City keeper Dickerson guessed the right way to deny Bogle.
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Then just seven minutes into extra-time of a chaotic match – which included this reporter's laptop screen being shattered by an Ekumah clearance – the Canaries took the lead, defender Odusina turning home from close range after Spyrou's header from a Middleton corner was kept out.
Spyrou then completed a 4-2 win in the 109th minute, after Middleton was denied, lashing home from close range to set up a home tie against Crystal Palace or Newcastle in the fifth round, who play their fourth round tie next Friday.
Norwich: Dickerson; Aarons, Odusina, Lomas (Ekumah 75), Kamal; Thorvaldsson (Barkarson 100), Payne (C); Fleming, Spyrou, Thompson-Brissett; (Middleton 62) Idah. Unused subs: Parsons, Mehmet
Attendance: 750 (estimated)