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Monday 01 September 2014

Barclays U21s: Ntcham rescues late draw for Man City

Ntcham cancels out Sadlier's opener as Man City draw 1-1 with West Ham in BU21PL Division 1

  • Olivier Ntcham (right) scored Man City's equaliser against West Ham on Sunday

  • It was Man City's second successive 1-1 draw in the BU21PL (Credit: Victoria Haydn, MCFC)

  • Stoke earned a 2-1 win against Derby, with Robbie Parry scoring the winner (Credit: SCFC)

  • Parry's strike came after Tom Naylor cancelled out Stoke's opener (Credit: SCFC)

  • Sixteen-year-old Stoke midfielder Oliver Shenton wins a header (Credit: SCFC)

Manchester City picked up their second successive draw of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division 1 season after Olivier Ntcham’s late goal earned them a point against West Ham United, while Stoke City beat newcomers Derby County 2-1 in Division 2.

Division 1

Manchester City 1-1 West Ham United

A late goal from Olivier Ntcham earned Manchester City a second successive draw in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division 1 as they shared the points with West Ham United at the AJ Bell Stadium.

City, who made it to the Barclays U21 Premier League play-off semi-finals after a top-four finish last term, are still searching for their first win of the 2014/15 campaign after Ntcham cancelled out Kieran Sadlier's 26th-minute opener.

Sadlier threatened to score twice before that as the Hammers controlled the early exchanges. The midfielder's dangerous cross was cut out by goalkeeper Angus Gunn, before he prodded wide soon after.

Elliot Lee, son of former Newcastle United player Rob, fired over from close range, before Sadlier gave the visitors the lead when he found the top corner after the hosts failed to deal with a cross.

Lee was denied West Ham's second after Gunn kept out his low drive, before Jordy Hiwula went close as City rallied at the end of the half.

West Ham continued to threaten Patrick Vieira's side as Lee had two efforts blocked in quick succession and Sadlier fired over, but the Citizens came ito the fore in the final 15 minutes.

Angelino rattled the cross bar with a deflected effort before, with just two minutes remaining, Ntcham scored an 88th-minute leveller for the hosts when he found the bottom corner after Brandon Barker's square pass.

Deep into stoppage time, Thierry Ambrose was denied a winner for the home side when Raphael Spiegel saved at his near post.

City have two points from three matches, following a draw with Sunderland and a last-gasp defeat to defending champions Chelsea, while the Hammers earned their first point of the campaign, having lost to Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur previously.

Man City match report | West Ham match report

Division 2

Stoke City 2-1 Derby County

Stoke City maintained their unbeaten start to the Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2 campaign on Friday with a 2-1 victory against Derby County, who were consigned to their first loss since earning Category One Academy status this summer.

The Potters, who had drawn their previous match of the season against Aston Villa, earned the win thanks to a penalty from Peter Skapetis and a strike from Robbie Parry, which came either side of Tom Naylor's first-half goal for the visitors at Clayton Wood Training Ground.

First-team players Brek Shea and Dionatan Teixeira, and 16-year-old Oliver Shenton, who made his senior debut in Stoke's Capital One Cup victory against Portsmouth, all started, but it was Derby who threatened first as Alefe Santos forced a low save from Potters goalkeeper Dale Eve.

Stoke quickly responded and took the lead when Shea was challenged by Farrend Rawson and Skapetis slotted the resulting spot-kick, despite slipping in his run up.

Tom Koblenz and Kwame Thomas went close, while Ivan Calero hit the post, as Derby pushed for a leveller, and they scored an equaliser on 33 minutes when Naylor slotted from close range after Eve parried an initial effort.

Parry and Skapetis nearly gave Stoke the lead before half-time, while both sides threatened in a closely contested second period.

Just before the hour mark, Parry emphatically curled home after Shea had burst into the box and drilled a dangerous cross that was not cleared properly.

Rawson headed wide for the visitors and Kapetis was denied a second by Derby goalkeeper Mats Morch before Offrande Zanzala fired over a late chance for Derby, but Stoke held on for their first win of the campaign, while Derby have four points from three matches this term.

Stoke match report | Derby match report

Barclays Under-21 Premier League 2014/15 results

Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Barclays U21 Premier League - Division 2     

Wolverhampton Wanderers (Swan) 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Thursday, 28 August 2014
Barclays U21 Premier League - Division 2     

Arsenal (Crowley, Akpom 3) 4-2 West Bromwich Albion (Howkins, Roofe)

Friday, 29 August 2014
Barclays U21 Premier League - Division 2     

Stoke City (Skapetis, Parry) 2-1 Derby County (Naylor)

Sunday, 31 August 2014
Barclays U21 Premier League - Division 1     

Manchester City (Ntcham) 1-1 West Ham United (Sadlier)

Find out the full Barclays Under-21 fixture list here and view the table here.

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