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The Season So Far For The Under-18s

Twelve games in, LCFC.com provides a detailed look at the scores and statistics of the Leicester City Under-18s' campaign so far...

Currently 12th in the Under-18 Premier League South, City have endured a tough first half of the season, with seven points from their opening nine games, while the youngsters have featured in three Premier League Under-18 Cup games, winning one. 

With 13 league matches left this season, there is plenty of football to be played, but coach Adam Barradell has explained that the main aim is to develop young footballers for the Under-21s' Development Squad. 

Ahead of the Foxes' first FA Youth Cup fixture, against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday 16 December (7pm kick-off), here is a breakdown of the Under-18s season to date. 

City started their season with a 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 13 August at LCFC Training Ground, due to a 10th-minute goal from Jaden Williams. Striker Chris Popov was sent off late on in the game.

The Foxes then travelled to London a week later to face Chelsea at Cobham Training Centre, where they were defeated 4-0. First half goals from Michael Golding, Brodi Hughes and Leo Castledine settled the score before Castledine added a second on the hour mark. 

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Henry Carwright
Henry Carwright

Henry Cartwright during an LCFC Under-18s match in Seagrave.

Leicester's youngsters picked up their first point of the season at The Lotus Training Centre, when they were held to a 2-2 draw against Norwich. Osman Foyo opened the scoring for the hosts before goals from Amani Richards and Reece Evans gave City the lead at the break. They were eventually pegged back by a 72nd-minute Elliot Myles strike. 

A week later, the Foxes returned to Norfolk to face Norwich once again. This time for their first matchday of Group E, in the Premier League Under-18 Cup. Scoring his second in a week against the Canaries, Richards netted from the spot, but saw his side ultimately fell to a 2-1 defeat through two second-half goals. 

In mid-September, Leicester achieved their first win of the season in the form of a league victory against Fulham. In-form Richards made it four in three games with two first-half goals. Unfortunately the clean sheet was taken away in the 93rd minute when Liam McAlinney was forced into turning the ball into his own net. 

On 1 October, Leicester were involved in another 2-1 scoreline, against Brighton & Hove Albion, but this time found themselves on the wrong side as Richards' fifth of the season was cancelled out by a brace from Remiero Moulton. 

Leicester returned to Seagrave for their second group stage cup match the following week, as they were beat 1-0 by Manchester City - Justin Oboavwoduo scoring the only goal on the brink of half-time.

In late October, Leicester's youngsters recorded their best win of the season so far, when they blew Crystal Palace away with a 5-1 outing at home. The goals were shared as Evans, Abdullah Javaid, Jayden Joseph, Freddie Cook and Logan Briggs all etched themselves on the day's scoresheet. 

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Freddie Cook
Freddie Cook

Freddie Cook in action at LCFC Training Ground.

Sadly for the Foxes, their moment of elation was brought to an end when Southampton forced City onto the reverse of a 6-1 scoreline at LCFC Training Ground. Evans netted a consolation goal in the 58th minute.

Leicester were given a chance to redeem themselves a week later in their final group stage match of the league cup, which they exploited with a 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers. Lindsay, along with a Richards' brace, confirmed the win for the home side. 

City returned to league duties on Saturday 19 November when they faced West Ham United at Rush Green. Second-half goals from George Earthy and Favour Fawunmi ensured the win for the Hammers. 

Most recently, Leicester's youngsters were defeated 3-0 by West Bromwich Albion on 26 November. First half strikes from Akeel Higgins and Fenton Heard were rounded off by Archie Oliver in the 71st minute. 

Only one game remains for the Foxes in 2022, as they take on Wolves in the FA Youth Cup Third Round on Friday 16 December (7pm kick-off), before kicking off the New Year with a home meeting against Brighton on Saturday 7 January. 

All times GMT. 

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