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REPORT: STOKE 1-1 UNDER-23s

11 March 2017

Honours even between the Potters and the Canaries

NORWICH City's Under-23s held on for a 1-1 draw against Stoke City at Clayton Wood despite playing the final third of the Premier League 2 clash with ten men.

The home side started positively, with Aston Oxborough called into early action to keep out a deflected free-kick and Julian Ngoy seeing a shot smothered.

City came into the game, though, and soon after Louis McIntosh had a long-range effort saved Todd Cantwell pounced on a rebound to put them into a first-half lead.

Daniel Bachmann made two outstanding saves to deny City a second goal as both Diallang Jaiyesimi and Benny Ashley-Seal were thwarted.

Up the other end, Oxborough was on hand to keep out Daniel Jarvis' drive and straight after the interval, Ryan Hill fired wide for the Potters.

Stoke's leveller was coming and they got it through Ngoy, who benefitted from Jack Devlin's assist to bend his shot beyond Oxborough and home.

Oxborough then managed to stop Ngoy as the home side pressed to go ahead, and City's hopes of becoming an attacking force in the match once more were dented on 68 minutes when Michee Efete was dismissed for a professional foul.

Stoke hit the woodwork through Jarvis as they pushed the young Canaries deeper and deeper - but the visitors held on valiantly to claim an excellent point to follow on from Monday's fine victory away at Newcastle United.

FULL-TIME: Stoke City 1-1 Norwich City

GOALS: Potters: Julien Ngoy (51) - Canaries: Todd Cantwell (22)

NORWICH CITY: Oxborough; Ramsay, Efete, Crowe, Lewis; Adams, McIntosh; Jaiyesimi (Aarons 59), Cantwell (Brissett 85), Middleton; Ashley-Seal. Subs: Ellesley, Hale-Brown (GK).

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