Young Canaries hold the Gunners

Arsenal Under 18s 2, Norwich City Under 18s 2: You have to go back to September 22 when City's academy side recorded their last win. Nevertheless Saturday's 2-2 draw at league leaders Arsenal was an impressive display from the young Canaries who will be encouraged after this performance which comes just 10 days ahead of their FA Youth Cup clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on December 11.

Arsenal Under 18s 2, Norwich City Under 18s 2

You have to go back to September 22 when City's academy side recorded their last win. Nevertheless Saturday's 2-2 draw at league leaders Arsenal was an impressive display from the young Canaries who will be encouraged after this performance which comes just 10 days ahead of their FA Youth Cup clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on December 11.

With Declan Rudd still sidelined and Jed Steer too young for the Youth Cup Ricky Martin gave a start to triallist goakeeper Luke Emson as City started the brighter of the two sides.

The Gunners back four was put under severe pressure and after a series of corners this paid dividends on 12 minutes when a Mark O'Toole corner was headed home by DANNY KERRY.


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City continued to have the upper hand and went close to extending their lead on 16 minutes through Nick Davey after some good work by Luke Daley and again on 20 minutes through midfielder Damon Lathrope.

City were to regret those two misses as Arsenal came more and more into the game but they didn't draw level until the first half stoppage time when JACK WILTSHIRE lobbed Emson in the City goal.

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Arsenal started the second half with plenty of ball possession leaving city to hit them on the counter attack with Daley and Davey causing problems with their pace and it was this combination that put the Canaries back in front on 77 minutes when Daley was put clear but his shot was blocked by the Arsenal keeper but DAVEY was on hand to drill the ball home from the edge of the penalty area.

It was cause for double celebrations for the young Canary striker as this was his first game back since breaking his foot in the summer and it was his first goal for the academy.

Martin reshuffled the pack to a four-five-one formation in an attempt to hold on to all three points, but Arsenal had the final say with their second equalising goal on 84 minutes.

Nevertheless it was a super result for Norwich who have no game on Saturday prior to their trip to the north east.

t Norwich City: Emson, Cooper, D Kelly, McLean, O'Toole, R Kelly, Lathrope, Miller, Smith (Yong 22), Davey (Stephens 80), Daley. Substitutes not used: Steer, Habergham, Adeyemi.

t Norwich City man of the match: Danny Kelly

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