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Report: Fleetwood Town 1-1 Bristol City (2-4 pens)

Goalkeeper Luca Smith was the hero as Bristol City Under-18s held their nerve to beat Fleetwood Town in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round.

City led through a free kick from Alex Scott, pictured, before the game went to extra-time after Sam Bird equalised for the hosts at Highbury Stadium.

Smith kept the young Robins in the game and, when the match went to a sudden death penalty shootout, the young keeper saved twice while City converted each of their four spot-kicks to advance to the next round.

City made the brighter start but neither side could fire this game into life, though the Cod Army almost took the lead against the run of play.

In fact, it was a real let off for the young Robins inside the 28th minute. Danny Edwards found Joe Collins out on the wing, whose cross for Enoch Takpe was perfect with the striker 10 yards out, but his shot went inches wide of goal.

It seemed to give the home side some added confidence and their pressure built as the half progressed. Takpe even looked to catch Smith out, but his shot sailed off the mark as the teams entered half-time with nothing to separate them.

Scott struck first to put the visitors ahead with a well-placed free kick. He won a foul himself on the edge of the area and curled the ball right-footed into the bottom corner.

Zac Bell then struck wide, before Connor Eastham saved from Prince Henry while, at the other end, Bird lifted a shot over.

Fleetwood equalised with six minutes of normal time remaining with Bird on hand to head home from an Akiel Raffie cross.

And the home side could have had their name in the fifth round but for exceptional goalkeeping from Smith inside the 93rd minute. City defended well but Hayes forced a save out of Smith before the keeper denied Raffie at his near post.

It meant the game would head into extra-time where the shotstopper was called into action again to deny Raffie and Sam Barratt before a marvellous diving save prevented the latest of winners from Covy Smith.

With nothing to separate the sides still, penalties were needed and City oozed confidence from 12 yards. Scott struck the opener, while Smith denied Fleetwood with their first penalty. Dylan Lewis, Nat Williams and Henry all converted for City before Smith pulled off a crucial diving stop to his left to send City into the next round - the first time they have reached the fifth round stage of the knockout competition for 11 years.

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