Report: Leicester City Under-18s 2-1 Blues Under-18s

Report: Leicester City Under-18s 2-1 Blues Under-18s

Blues were beaten by Leicester City in the Under-18s Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors fell to a spirited defeat against the Foxes, with the hosts opening the scoring just shy of the half-hour mark before adding a second seven minutes after the break.

But Blues rallied against a side leading the standings that had won eight of their 11 league games to this point of the season, getting a well-deserved goal through Cianole Nguepissi’s looped effort late on.

In fact, it could have been a very different story, with Blues seeing three golden opportunities pass them by during the game – something Under 18s Lead coach Martyn Olorenshaw cited as the only downside on what was another good showing from the young side.

He told “It was our second game in three days and to put in a performance of that standard, against a team that have dominated the league at times this season was great to see.

“Admittedly, had we taken those clear-cut chances, we could have won the game or at least got a point. But again, Leicester are top of the league and the application and effort shown was top class.”

Olorenshaw also praised his young players for their continued desire to play good football throughout the game – something the Club has been keen to preach during their first season playing at Cat 1.

The Under-18s Lead Coach said: “We had a lot of the ball, particularly in the first-half. They set up quite deep to counter that but in the second 45, we were extremely dominant in possession. We had them penned in but just couldn’t get that goal.

“As we have learned not just today but throughout the season, this level is all about taking your chances. That is the difference but right now, we are competing and putting in good performances. We have found some consistency and I am pleased with the continued improvements we are showing.

“The next few games are about turning good play into points. We are in a good place, but it is now about actions and turning a few of those teams around us over. We are ready to give it a good go”.

Blues are next in action on Saturday 15 January when they travel to Reading for a midday kick-off.

Blues: Mayo, Oni, (Pendleton, 60), Nguepissi, Browne, Sullivan, Manton (Carsley, 60), Home, Ogor, Khela, Wakefield, Williams (Hamilton, 62).

Subs not used: Brooks, Rushton, Beresford.

Goalscorers: Nguepissi 80.