The Under-18s found a last-minute equaliser to take a point home against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.
Whether it be through their own difficulty, or through the sheer competitive nature of the game, neither team could get a hold of many chances whatsoever. The respective defences were compact and didn’t allow much to pass their watchful gazes.
The closest chance of the first-half game when forward Tom Dickson-Peters stepped up to a free-kick. The young Canary is clinical with most free-kicks, and this was no different. The effort was blistered and destined for goal, before Spurs ‘keeper Kurylowicz kept the scores level with an impressive save.
The second-half looked slightly livelier, with both sides hitting the post two-minutes apart. Reece McAlear rang the crossbar with a shot on the edge of the 18-yard box, leaving Spurs to make a solo run through J’Neil Bennett, emulating the effort up the other end of the pitch.
With neither side finding the back of the net by the 70th minute, it begged the question of if the points will be shared.
U18s captain Zach Dronfield almost gave City the advantaged they yearned for with a long-range crack on goal, the effort painfully denied by the post.
By the 86th minute, Tottenham seemed to have answered that question. Lovely build-up play from the back, starting from their ‘keeper, built all the way up to Bennett, who didn’t look to hit the post this time to steer it home for the visitors.
With just minutes to go, it seemed certain that Spurs were taking the points back to London. Not looking to roll over after putting up such a fight for 90 minutes, the Canaries pulled something out the locker. A wide free-kick was picked up by Dronfield, who smashed it at the near post to take the scoring back to level-pegging.
It wasn’t the most ideal end, with a win arguably deserved, up for grabs by either side. Regardless, the U18s did themselves proud to fight the adversity of a last-minute goal and find their own.
Norwich City Under-18s: Blair, Pitcher, Warner, Brown, Stewart, Giurgi, Dronfield (c), McAlear, Rowe, Dickson-Peters, Omotoye
Goals: Dronfield (90)
Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s: Kurylowicz, Cesay, Kyezu, John, Muir (c), Skinner, Mundle, Robson, Whittaker, Pedder, Bennett
Goals: Bennett (86)
Venue: Lotus Training Centre
Kick-off time: 11:30am