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Foxes Youngsters Pegged Back In PL2 Thriller

Leicester City’s Development Squad drew 3-3 with Arsenal Under-23s in Premier League 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Three changes were made from Monday’s victory over West Ham United Under-23s with Oliver Ewing introduced into the starting XI for Papy Mendy and Terell Pennant preferred to Jake Wakeling in attack. Tawanda Maswanhise was also back in the side, with Bayli Spencer-Adams making way.

After a goalless first half at Arsenal Training Centre, the Foxes broke the deadlock when Pennant marked his first league start of the season with a goal on the hour mark.

Tawanda Maswanhise doubled the advantage with just over a quarter of an hour to play and the away side soon raced into a three-goal lead courtesy of Ben Nelson’s first goal of the season.

Incredibly, though, Arsenal hit back with three goals of their own – all scored during added time. Tim Akinola pulled one back on 91 minutes and even Omari Hutchinson’s strike two minutes later looked to be a consolation for the Gunners.

But Folarin Balogun found the net even deeper into stoppage time to snatch a share of the spoils and maintain Arsenal’s spot at the top of the league standings.

Leicester, meanwhile, move up to eighth in the Premier League 2 Division 1 table, on 13 points from 10 games. They are now unbeaten in three matches ahead of meeting Tottenham Hotspur at LCFC Training Ground on Monday 22 November (7pm GMT kick-off).

The details…


City: Young; Daley-Campbell (c), Brunt, B. Nelson, McAteer; Ewing, Braybrooke; Marcal-Madivadua, Alves (Spencer-Adams 45’), Maswanhise; T. Pennant (Wakeling 70’).

Subs not used: Odunze, Flynn, Fitzhugh.

Goals: T. Pennant 60’, Maswanhise 74’, Nelson 77’.

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