U21 Premier League- Game 11
Norwich City 2 (Young 3, Murphy 90 (pen)) Arsenal 2 (Lipman 21, Ormonde-Ottewill 55 )
A late penalty from Norwich City deprived Arsenal U21s of victory in a close-fought encounter at Carrow Road this evening. The hosts had taken the lead early on, but goals from Austin Lipman and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, the latter finding the net for the first time at this level, looked to have secured victory for Arsenal. A late penalty converted by Jacob Murphy after an alleged foul by Semi Ajayi, however, meant that the game ended 2-2.
Coach Steve Gatting made just two changes from the side that defeated Chelsea in the U21 Premier League Cup earlier this week, with Tafari Moore and Lipman coming in for Daniel Boateng and Benik Afobe, who have both departed on loan.
subs: Toral (for Zelalem), Iwobi (for Ryo). Not used: Iliev, Fagan, Kamara.
Arsenal prevailed with a 1-0 victory at Carrow Road when these two met in the Cup in November, but it was the hosts who started the brightest on this occasion, with Rod Young directing a header past Matt Macey to open the scoring.
Carlton Morris then did well to elude the attentions of Julio Pleguezuelo, but the striker shot wide when well placed, before Arsenal responded in vain with Lipman seeing a shot deflected wide and Isaac Hayden having an effort tipped over the crossbar shortly afterwards.
Arsenal would eventually get their reward, however, with Lipman pouncing on a defensive mix-up to tap home from close range. The striker has been in impressive form during his loan spell with Boreham Wood this season and this was his fifth goal for Arsenal this campaign.
Norwich sought to regain the lead immediately, but Arsenal’s defence was alert to the danger, although they were relieved to see Reice Hall-Johnson’s shot ripple the side-netting after good work from Murphy down the right flank.
Arsenal introduced Jon Toral for Gedion Zelalem at the start of the second-half, but Gatting’s side received something of a let off when Murphy’s header struck the crossbar after he was found by Cameron Norman.
Arsenal would then, rather against the run of play, take the lead through an unlikely source, with Ormonde-Ottewill scoring his first goal at this level with a fine strike after being teed up by Thomas Eisfeld’s diligent pass.
Eisfeld, who was disappointing against Chelsea on Monday, was having a profound impact in the latter stages of the game and the former Borussia Dortmund player exchanged passes with Toral before the latter shot just over.
Toral then had a shot cleared off the line after latching on to Moore’s precise cross and Arsenal looked to have done just enough to secure victory until they conceded a penalty in the final minute, with Ajayi adjudged to have pushed Harvey Hodd in the area.
Murphy stepped up to convert the subsequent spot-kick past Macey to earn Norwich a point.