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Under 23s: Forest 3-3 Norwich

26 February 2019

A Joe Coveney equaliser in added time secured a point for Nottingham Forest Under 23s as they drew 3-3 with Norwich City in the Premier League Cup.

The Reds went a goal down after 57 seconds in the first half but responded well after goals from Brennan Johnson and Jake Taylor to put them into the lead.

The Canaries fought back however, scoring two to put them 3-2 ahead. Then in the 92nd minute Coveney fired home from close range to secure a point for his side.

The Reds made the worst possible start when they conceded after just 57 seconds. A loose pass in the centre from Johnson was pounced on by Adam Idah who raced into the area and slotted it into the bottom right-hand corner.

Jake Taylor was trying to make things happen for Forest following the goal and created the first chance for The Reds when he tested Billy Johnson in the Norwich goal from range, but the ‘keeper managed to keep hold of it.

Johnson was unlucky not to bring the score level when he lined up a free-kick and curled it towards the top left-hand corner, but the Norwich ‘keeper did well to tip it wide. From the resultant corner, the ball was fizzed across the face of goal, but no one was on hand to convert the ball home.

But Forest did finally equalise when Malique Spooner won a penalty after his cross hit the hand of a Norwich man. Johnson stepped up to take it and coolly dinked it down the middle to make it 1-1 going into the break. Both men were then shown a yellow in the aftermath of the goal.

The Reds were excellent in the opening stages of the second half and they got what they deserved when Taylor edged them into the lead. The midfielder picked the ball up on the edge of the box and curled a terrific shot into the corner of the net.

Forest then made their first change as Kostas Megaritis was replaced by Joe Coveney before Norwich equalised. Gassam Ahadme’s header into the top corner brought The Canaries level with 20 minutes remaining.

Victor Sodeinde and Idris Kadded then replaced Kieran Hayes and Tyrese Fornah, shortly before the visitors took the lead. Annis Mehmeti’s shot from outside the area went straight through the hands of Bossin and into the net.

But The Reds didn’t stop and they snatched a deserved equaliser in the 92nd minute when Coveney fired in from close range as it finished level at the Impact Arena.

Words by Harry Webster and images by Callum Jordan.

Forest: Bossin, Richardson, Spooner, Megaritis (Coveney 63’), Lawrence-Gabriel (c), Stewart, Johnson, Fornah (Kadded 75’), En-Neyah, Taylor, Hayes (Sodeinde 72’)

Subs not used: Wright, J. Hefele

Goals: Johnson 40’, Taylor 50’, Coveney 90+2’

Attendance: 92

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