Youngsters twice come from behind

John Landamore Chelsea U18 2, Norwich City U18 2: City's Academy Under-18 side produced a memorable performance to twice come from a goal behind to take a point at Chelsea on Saturday. Ricky Martin was without the services of Korey Smith and Tom Adeyemi who having signed his first professional contract earlier in the week was drafted into Glenn Roeder's first team squad for the home clash against Swansea at Carrow Road.

John Landamore

City's Academy Under-18 side produced a memorable performance to twice come from a goal behind to take a point at Chelsea on Saturday.

Ricky Martin was without the services of Korey Smith and Tom Adeyemi who having signed his first professional contract earlier in the week was drafted into Glenn Roeder's first team squad for the home clash against Swansea at Carrow Road.

Added to that the Canaries had two Under 16s in their starting line-up in the shape of goalkeeper Jed Steer and full-back Richard Brindley.


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City started the game in the driving seat pushing the home side back but with City down to 10 men with Sam Habergham having treatment for a facial injury Chelsea caught Norwich on the break to go a goal ahead, it has to be said against the run of play.

With City restored to 11 men they quickly got themselves back on level terms when good play around the box when Johnbull Omoregie unleashed a shot that went in off the far post to record his first goal for the Canaries.

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Shortly after his strike, Omoregie was again put into a good position after some good build up play involving Kris Renton and Luke Daley.

But this time he failed to hit the target when a square ball across the goalmouth looked a better option for him.

Not long after the interval,for the second time in the game City found themselves a goal down when Chelsea's three-man attack fired the Blues back in front and gave the visiting Canaries a mountain to climb to take any FA Premier Academy League points from the clash.

City looked to get themselves back into the game at the start of the second half and they did just that when Danny Kelly fed the ball beyond the full back for Daley to race onto and finish with some style to square things up.

City continued to play a big part in the game and with just five minutes left on the clock they almost snatched all three points when a thunderous shot from Renton skimmed the outside of the post with the Chelsea goalkeeper soundly beaten.

t Norwich: Steer, Francomb, Brindley (Reeves 75), Dumic, Habergham, Daley (Davey 85), Omoregie, Lathrope, Dawkin, Renton, Kelly. Subs (unused): Clarke, Grieveson.

t Norwich City man-of-the-match: Danny Kelly.

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