Fleetwood Town beaten on penalties by Bristol City in FA Youth Cup

Fleetwood Town Under-18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup to Bristol City on penalties in Monday's fourth-round tie.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 8:01 am

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The Championship club won the shootout 4-2 after the Highbury tie ended 1-1 after extra-time.

Town went closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half, when Joe Collins pulled the ball back for Enoch Takpe but he shot just wide, then a ball into the box by Billy Batch struck the top of the bar.

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The Under-18s at Fleetwood Town reached the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup for a second successive year

Cian Hayes fired a free-kick wide from the edge of the box before the visitors took the lead on 55 minutes, Alex Scott steering a free-kick around the wall and into the net.

Bristol City should have doubled their advantage when Prince Henry struck the woodwork from three yards out but Town survived and were good value for their equaliser seven minutes from time.

Sam Bird climbed highest to head home at the back post.

There was late excitement at both ends as a last-ditch block by Sam Barratt denied Henry, while Joe Collins and Akiel Raffie both went close for Fleetwood.

Fleetwood had chances in extra-time as Robins keeper Luca Smith thwarted Hayes and Covy Smith before Thompson's strike hit the side-netting.

Fleetwood: Eastham, Bird, Batch, Wilson, Feeney, Barratt, Collins, Raffie, Takpe (Smith 76), Edwards (Thompson 66), Hayes.

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