A youthful Canaries XI draw 2-2 away to Enfield Town
A YOUTHFUL Norwich City XI earned a 2-2 draw in an entertaining game away at Enfield Town on Saturday thanks to Jacob Murphy and trialist Oli Durojaiye.
A mixture of players from the development and under-18s squads were joined by a number of trialists at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in what was a useful run-out against decent Isthmain League opposition for Scott Marshall’s side.
It was the home side who took a surprising lead in the early stages, thanks to a moment of good fortune at a free kick. Pacey winger Tyler Campbell swung a ball in from the left side which got the slightest of touches off a City defender’s leg at the near post to take it past Remi Matthews and into the net for 1-0.
The young Canaries soon hit back through Jacob Murphy, when the attacker showed great reactions and composure to finish past Jake Smith after the Enfield ‘keeper failed to hold onto his initial shot.
In the second half it was the hosts again who struck first, as Liam Hope headed the ball past Matthews after Bryan Hammatt’s effort cannoned back off the crossbar and into his path.
Marshall’s young side were moving the ball well however, and got their reward with a beautifully crafted goal near the end.
Great vision from Josh Murphy in the midfield area allowed him to find trialist Jamar Loza with a neat pass. Loza’s excellent touch then took the ball around Enfield’s sub ‘keeper James Chalk, allowing ex-Spurs youth player Durojaiye an easy finish into an empty net.
FULL-TIME: Enfield Town 2, Norwich City XI 2
CITY: Matthews, McNeil (Dean), Brislen-Hall (Hestor), Durojaiye, Gafiati, Shariff, Jacob Murphy, Hawkins, Loza, Webb (King), Josh Murphy