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17 March 2017

Young Canaries progress into quarter-final after ten-goal thriller

NORWICH City's Under-23s progressed into the Premier League Cup quarter-final with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Fulham at Colney Training Centre on Friday.

The two sides couldn't be separated during a remarkable 120 minutes, sharing ten goals in total; four of those coming after the regulation 90 in a pulsating contest.

City had to recover from an early set-back when Adetayo Edun and Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson struck for Fulham, but they turned the game around courtesy of a sublime first half hat-trick from Louis McIntosh.

All three of McIntosh's strikes were taken superbly with expert finishing inside the box, although a 69th minute header from Mattias Kait sent the match into extra-time.

There, the Canaries soon found themselves with work to do again, falling behind once more when Cottagers substitute Josh Walker swiveled neatly before finding the top-corner.

The hosts' reaction was almost immediate however, getting back on the front foot to haul themselves level within a minute through Ebou Adams' ferocious finish.

Adams was then adjudged to have brought down Thorsteinsson in the box on 112 minutes, with George Williams stepping up to make it 5-4 from the spot and deliver another hammer blow to the home side.

If City were disheartened by that, they didn't show it, digging deep yet again to incredibly net a tenth goal which sent the game to spot-kicks when Anthony Spyrou pounced from close-range with just three minutes remaining.

Fulham's Williams and Joe Crowe traded successful penalties, before Aston Oxborough - having produced a number of important stops across the afternoon - smothered Josh Walker's low strike.

Louis Ramsay stepped up next but sent over the bar, ahead of Josh Smile and Conor McGrandles both finding the net for their respective sides to make it 2-2 after three penalties apiece.

Oxborough produced another fine stop to deny Elijah Adebayo, handing his team a potential advantage which was taken with both hands by the clinical McIntosh as he netted confidently.

That left Fulham's Foday Nabay needing to score, but the midfielder crashed his effort away off the crossbar, ensuring it would be City who took their place in the last eight of the competition. 

: Norwich City 5-5 Fulham (AET)

GOALS: Canaries: Louis McIntosh (21, 39, 43), Ebou Adams (95), Anthony Spyrou (117). Cottagers: Adetayo Edun (7), Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson (19), Mattias Kait (69), Josh Walker (94), George Williams (112, pen.)

NORWICH CITY: Oxborough; Ramsay, Efete (c), Crowe, Lewis; McGrandles; Jaiyesimi (Aarons, 84), Cantwell (Spyrou, 96), Adams; McIntosh, Ashley-Seal. Subs not used: Hallett, (GK), Wallis.  

City's youngsters face Sunderland at Carrow Road on Friday, March 31 (7pm) for a place in the Premier League International Cup final.

Tickets for the game are free to all supporters, with further info available HERE.

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