U18: Norwich City 0, Arsenal 0

John Landamore City's academy side produced a workman-like performance at Colney today to hold Arsenal to a goalless draw. With the Gunners battling with West Ham for top spot in the league the visitors will have been disappointed at dropping two points against the Canaries after news filtered through that the Hammers beat Ipswich Town 2-0.

John Landamore

FA Premier Academy Under 18 League

City's academy side produced a workman-like performance at Colney today to hold Arsenal to a goalless draw. With the Gunners battling with West Ham for top spot in the league the visitors will have been disappointed at dropping two points against the Canaries after news filtered through that the Hammers beat Ipswich Town 2-0.

Ricky Martin gave a start to triallist Anthony Ashman. As the game got underway with the Gunners playing with the advantage of a strong wind City midfielder Luke Daley was the first to try his luck after good work by Danny Kelly but he was unable to keep his effort on target.


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Danny Kelly, who has been pushed into an attacking role in recent weeks, was giving the Gunners plenty of problems as once again he linked with Daley who saw his shot-cum-cross saved.

Arsenal's only real opportunity of note in the opening 45 minutes came when Gilles Sunu crashed a ball against the side netting.

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As the second half got underway City took advantage of Ashman's long throw-ins that caused panic in the Arsenal defence although City were unable to capitalise on it.

The nearest they came was when captain Paul McLean saw a header cleared off the line with Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny beaten.

It was all City in the second half and Bally Smart should have done better with an angled shot failing to see Daley unmarked in the penalty area.

Late in the game and Ross Kelly had a shot saved while Damon Lathrope saw a shot wide from 25 yards.

The visitors had an opportunity deep in injury time when sub Connor Henderson fired over although it would have been rough justice indeed had City gone down to a late goal after dominating the game.

t Norwich City: Rudd, Adeyemi, Habergham, Lathrope, McLean, Ashman (Yong 85), R Kelly, Smith, D Kelly, Daley, Smart. Subs not used: Steer, Cooper, Stephens, Richardson.

t Arsenal: Szczesny, Blackwood, Evina, Frimpong (Henderson 57), Thomas, Ayling, Rasmussen (Freeman 57), Eastmond, Murphy, Sunu, Wilshire. Subs not used: Shyla, Nicholas, Byles.

t Norwich City man of the match: Paul McLean.

t Norwich City Under 16s produced a fantastic 4-0 victory over their Arsenal counterparts.

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