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16 March 2013

Deserved draw for City youngsters at Manchester City

CAMERON MCGEEHAN netted a brilliant free-kick 15 minutes from time to earn Norwich City's Under-18s a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Saturday morning.

The 17-year-old's set-piece found the top corner to cancel out James Horsfield's earlier penalty and secure a highly-credible point for Neil Adams' side.

The result means City have now only lost one of their last nine matches and it also keeps them above the Citizens in the Group 2 table.

Adams welcomed Harry Barker back from injury, and made six other changes from the 0-0 draw against Arsenal a fortnight ago.

The home team started well with Jorge Intima creating a number of chances which they failed to capitalise on.

That theme continued throughout the first-half, and it was Intima who won the home team's penalty 15 minutes into the second period when he tumbled in the box - Horsfield dispatched the spot-kick clinically.

The young Canaries edged back into the game, though, and after a decent spell of pressure they earned a central free-kick that McGeehan hit superbly into the top corner, beating Angus Gunn, son of Bryan, in the home goal.

City looked the more likely to grab a winner in the closing stages but in the end the points were shared.

Adams said afterwards: "I think 1-1 was a fair result. Manchester City were the better team in the first-half - we sat a little bit too deep. They tried to pass the ball and did it quite well.

"We said to them at half-time that they needed to put more pressure on, and we did it well. We were the better side as we started to pen them back. We had a few chances and got ourselves back into the game.

"It was a superb free-kick from Cameron. It was about 20 yards out and he faced a very good 'keeper in Angus Gunn, so it had to be hit with the right pace and power, and it flicked the crossbar as it went in. It was unsaveable."

NORWICH CITY: Reading; Norman , Barker (Fox 68), McGeehan, Watkins-Clark, McFadden, Randall, Carroll , Morris, King, Simpson. Subs not used: Lokko, Hodd, Wyatt, Young.

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