Fulham U18s 2, Norwich City U8s 2

Norwich missed out on the chance to take second place in Group A of the FA Premier Academy League after conceding a late, late goal at Motspur Park on Saturday.

Norwich missed out on the chance to take second place in Group A of the FA Premier Academy League after conceding a late, late goal at Motspur Park on Saturday.

Academy boss Ricky Martin moved Danny Kelly from his striker's role into a shuffled defence to play alongside David Stephens, but it was Fulham who created the first opening, with Remi Matthews relieved to see the ball whizz low past his right-hand post.

Ryan Oakley, on the left flank, was catching the eye and was involved in the move which put City ahead on 21 minutes.

Matt Ball advanced into the Fulham area, played the ball wide to Oakley who delivered a cross into the six-yard area where Tyree Clarke, racing in, stabbed home at the far post.


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Fulham - who had a goal disallowed before half-time - kept Matthews busy in response, forcing the young keeper into a fingertip save.

Kelly was switched up front, but Fulham were level on 75 minutes when City were undone by a short corner from the right, Richard Peniket glancing the ball home.

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City took just three minutes to regain the lead, when Kelly drilled the ball right-footed from 20 yards past Italian goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

But their hopes of victory were shattered two minutes into time added on when Peniket penetrated the defence with a burst of pace and put in an angled shot across Matthews to level it.

There was almost another twist, but Bettinelli kept out Clarke's near-post strike from the re-start.

t Norwich City: Matthews, Francomb, Gordon, Ball, D Kelly, Stephens, Clarke, S Kelly, Drmola (Loza 89), Osemwegie, Oakley (Jones 73).

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