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City’s Under-18s Close Campaign With A Win

Leicester City’s Under-18s enjoyed a strong finish to 2020/21, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at LCFC Training Ground last Friday.
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Following a 1-1 draw with West Ham United Under-18s last time out, goals from Brandon Cover, Will Russ and Terell Pennant ensured a winning end to the campaign, although Kallum Cesay’s late strike denied a second clean sheet of the season.

Cover opened the scoring four minutes ahead of the interval, before Oliver Ewing found Russ to net for the fourth time in five games on the stroke of half-time and give City some breathing space.

However, the advantage was halved nine minutes from time, courtesy of Cesay’s finish, though Leicester soon re-established the two-goal cushion via Pennant, who was played in by Wanya Marcal-Madivadua on 84 minutes.

The victory brought the Premier League U18 South season to a close, with the young Foxes finishing 12th in the league, having garnered 18 points from their 24 fixtures in the division.

Coach Adam Barradell felt content with the final performance and result of the campaign in Seagrave, extending a run of one defeat from the final five league games.

“To round off the season with a performance like that was really pleasing,” he commented. “To have the group back together was really good and we’ve seen some good development after Christmas.

“The boys weathered the storm early on, in the first 20 to 25 minutes they defended well with good organisation, positioning and shape to the team.

“We managed to get two goals before half-time and then second half, we had more of the ball, created a lot of chances and I thought we were excellent really in terms of how we played.”

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City: Bosworth (Chibueze 45); Godsmark-Ford, Braybrooke, Nelson; Marcal-Madivadua; Lindsay (Kutshienza 22), Ewing (c), Cover; T. Pennant, K. Pennant, Russ (Fitzhugh 67).

Subs not used: Butterfill, Dawkins.

Goals: Cover 41’, Russ 45', T. Pennant 84’.

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