BRADFORD City’s under-18s moved top of their EFL Youth Alliance Cup group - after a penalty shoot-out victory at 10-man Notts County.

The encounter ended 2-2 after 90 minutes but if the match ends in a draw, penalties are taken, with the winning team awarded an extra point.

The young Bantams were unlucky not to take an early lead after a couple of chances for Connor Morris - one hitting the crossbar - could not be converted.

Despite City’s dominance, the first goal of the game did not come until the 38th minute, when Morris slammed home a penalty following a handball.

The Magpies soon hit back, with defender Charlie Wilde heading home from a James Sneddon free-kick but the Bantams retook the lead through Kian Scales. The attacker was quicker than the rest to tap in a rebounded effort from Olivier Sukiennicki.

They were pegged back again in the 80th minute when Sneddon’s corner was dropped by City stopper Tom Donaghy. The ball fell at the feet of defender Emilio Stavrou, who prodded home.

With full-time and penalties beckoning, County were reduced to 10 men, with Tyreace Palmer given his marching orders.

With the shoot-out at 3-3 after four penalties apiece, Bantams skipper Hayden Smethurst saw his effort saved to hand County match point, but Donaghy atoned for his earlier error by keeping out Some Muluany’s strike.

With the scores tied, Reece Staunton stepped up to put City ahead, before Wilde skied his effort to hand the visitors a 4-3 shoot-out victory and the extra point.