Wanderers victory was made even more impressive by the fact they had to come from behind against their academy opponents. England Under 16 international Ryan Jarvis put the visitors ahead in the 32nd minute when he beat Tom Gott with a low drive from the left edge of the penalty area. The goal came as Wycombe were temporarily reduced to ten men with Pat Lynott needing treatment to a bloody nose.
Wycombe struggled to create openings with the only real chances in the first half coming early on when Lewis Cook twice delivered from the left but Jonny Dixon couldn't take advantage.
Some resolute defending prevented Norwich from extending their lead before a twin substitution on 62 minutes sparked new life into Wycombe. However, this wasn't before there were more Wycombe casualties when Gott raced off his line to head clear and in the melee full back Jack Smillie suffered a leg injury and 'keeper Gott needed treatment to a head wound. Smillie limped on for a couple of minutes before being replaced by triallist Luke Sheekey. It was then Sheekey who helped create Wycombe's equaliser on 74 minutes when he found Dixon on the right wing and when the ball was centered, City defender Greg Crane could only watch in horror as the ball cannoned off his chest and into the back of the net for an own-goal.
Both sides then had chances to win the game during an incredible nine minutes of stoppage time. Gott denied Jarvis before Matty Warner saw a good effort saved following Billy Harding's through ball down the left. Sheekey then blazed over from a good position before Paul Hayes headed wide with the goal at his mercy at the other end.
90 minutes - Wycombe 1 Norwich 1
Players from both sides were dropping like flies during the extra-time period as cramp began to take effect. Harding shook off his pain to battle on before Captain Stuart Hole put Wycombe ahead on 103 minutes when he headed home after Warner's corner from the right had been flicked on.
As expecetd the visitors pressed for an equaliser but Wycombe held firm and could have gone further ahead when Warner flashed an effort just wide of the far post after he had found space again on the left.
There were under two minutes of extra-time remaining when The Canaries forced the tie into a penalty shoot-out. Teh goal came after Gott made a brilliant block but the ball spilled loose and Paul Hayes was able to turn the ball into the empty net.
120 minutes - Wycombe 2 Norwich 2
Jonny Dixon led the penalty charge with a fearsome drive into the back of the net. Matty Warner, Pat Lynott, Stuart Hole and John-Paul Kelly all scored too with an impressive amount of confidence but this was matched by their Norwich counterparts. Ryan Parsons converted the first 'sudden death' kick but this was mirrored too. Billy Harding then brushed himself down to score Wycombe's seventh consecutive spot-kick and when City substitute Oliver Willis smashed his effort against the crossbar the celebrations could begin.
Final Score Wycombe 2 Norwich City 2
Wanderers won 7-6 on penalties
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