Scully the late hero as City U23s win 4-3 at Derby County

Norwich City U23 midfielder Tom Scully scored the winner in a friendly win at Derby Picture: Paul Ch

Norwich City U23 midfielder Tom Scully scored the winner in a friendly win at Derby Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tom Scully was the last-gasp hero as Norwich City Under-23s got the first win of pre-season under their belts with a 4-3 success away to Derby County U23s.

David Wright's squad had lost 1-0 to the first team of German fourth-tier side Lippstadt while in Germany, 3-1 away to Colchester United U23s and then 2-1 against the first team of League Two side Leyton Orient on Saturday.

They had to come from behind twice at Derby's training ground though. Dan Adshead followed up a parried Aiden Fitzpatrick shot to claim an early lead but the Rams went in front in the 28th minute.

Scottish winger Fitzpatrick chased through and lashed a low shot in to equalise in the 36th minute and also saw a shot tipped onto the post before the break.

Derby reclaimed the lead in the 63rd minute but striker Gassan Ahadme fired into the roof of the net within a minute for 3-3 after good work from right-back Jordan Thomas, after Scully had slipped him into the penalty area.

Former Everton midfielder Scully then took advantage of a poor goal-kick to curl in the winner from the edge of the box in the 89th minute.


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City's U23s conclude their pre-season fixtures with a friendly away to Dutch second-tier side Dordrecht on Saturday, where Greek midfielder Savvas Mourogs is returning for another loan spell after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

Their Premier League Two campaign then begins with a home clash against Swansea at Colney on Friday, August 9 (7pm).

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