City kids reach last 16 of FA Youth Cup
Paddy Davitt Norwich 1, Stoke 1 (Norwich won 4-2 on penalties aet)Norwich keeper Declan Rudd was the spot kick hero as City's young guns edged a dramatic FA Youth Cup penalty shoot out tonight at Carrow Road.
Norwich 1, Stoke 1 (Norwich won 4-2 on penalties aet)
Norwich keeper Declan Rudd was the spot kick hero as City's young guns edged a dramatic FA Youth Cup penalty shoot out tonight at Carrow Road.
Rudd save Stoke's two opening penalties to wrestle the initiative before rifling home the deciding penalty to book City's last 16 place.
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Norwich substitute Tyree Clarke had nudged the hosts ahead on 94 minutes when his intended cross sailed over Stoke keeper Thomas Harrison but Louis Moult lashed past Rudd to set up a tense finale.
Ricky Martin's men were full value for a fifth round spot in the prestigious competition after smashing the woodwork in both halves of normal time.
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Norwich's patient passing always had the upper hand against a muscular Stoke side cast in the very image of Tony Pulis' Premiership battlers.
Home skipper Korey Smith forged an impressive central midfield alliance alongside Tom Adeyemi while front pair Nick Davey and Irish youth international Danny Kelly were a constant menace.
Stoke centre back Ashley Page bailed out Harrison on 17 minutes - hacking clear inside the visitors' six yard box with Davey and Kelly ready to latch onto the keeper's spill.
City's third round goal scoring hero Josh Dawkins dragged his angled snapshot up and over with Davey again an aerial menace. Davey rattled Harrison's crossbar on 23 minutes with a flashing left footed strike following another penetrating Smith burst - Kelly curling the follow up a yard wide.
Norwich's towering centre back David Stephens headed George Francomb's deep free kick over with Harrison second best. Davey scuffed straight at Harrison on the half hour mark with the impressive Smith at the hub of City's most incisive build up work.
Stoke's powerful frontman Warwick Alexander poked behind on the restart after Rudd's punch was helped back into the City penalty box. Dawkins ghosted past Thomas Urwin just past the hour mark but his rising strike flew into the empty terraces.
Ashley Page earned the first caution for a mistimed lunge that upended Kelly but the Irishman was inches from exacting revenge with a close range hit that struck Harrison's side netting.
Kelly latched onto Davey's cute reverse header but Harrison dropped on his tame shot before Stoke's keeper gathered Johnbull Omoregie's effort at the second attempt.
Stoke's busy shot stopper then beat away Kelly's angled lash after Dawkins triggered a swift counter. Dario Dumic's lofted free kick cannoned off Harrison's bar for the second time in the tie on 82 minutes - Page mauling Davey to the floor on the edge of the box.
Harrison superbly thrust out a left hand to deny Omoregie from point blank with the unmarked City midfielder odds on to settle tie in normal time.
Clarke finally broke the deadlock four minutes into extra time when his attempted cross sailed over the back pedalling Harrison - City's goal scorer mobbed by his delighted team mates.
Stoke sub Daniel Stockhall fired a yard wide with Rudd beaten in the visitors' best sighter of the contest. Moult's 30 yarder flew behind with time running out but the tricky Stoke striker dragged the Potters back into the cup tie when he cut inside Francomb to crash an unstoppable strike past Rudd.
Norwich: Rudd, Francomb, Brindley (Clarke 88), Adeyemi, Dumic, Stephens, Omoregie, Smith, Davey, Kelly, Dawkin. Subs (not used): Reeves, Steer, Ball, Gordon. Goal: Clarke (94)
Stoke: Harrison, Diao-Jiminez, Vauls, Wedderburn (Connor 112), Page, McDonald, Urwin, Nicholls, Alexander (Yilmaz 105), Moult, Vickers (Stockhall 87). Subs (not used): Partom, Cohen. Booking: Page. Goal: Moult (113).
Referee: S Feerick (Peterborough)
Norwich scorers: Stephens, Dumic, Davey, Rudd
Stoke scorers: Page, Moult