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Dave's Filbert treat

Posted on 3 April 2001  - 12:00

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FA PREMIER RESERVE LEAGUE

Leicester City Reserves 1 Spurs Reserves 2

Dave McEwen made it a night to remember for Theo Foley's young side with a two-goal salvo at Filbert Street.

The young striker - at 23, the oldest player in the side - finished two one-on-one opportunities to secure the points.

Boss Theo lavished praise on his young charges afterwards especially reserve team debutant Paul O'Donoghue, just 17, who made the step up from the youth team with confidence.

McEwen could have opened the scoring after just 30 seconds of the contest, but his volley failed to trouble Ian Andrews in the Leicester goal.

Andrews had to be on his toes just five minutes later though, Matthew Etherington forcing a superb save from the former first team favourite.

But Andrews was helpless just moments later, McEwen making amends for his earlier miss with a tidy right foot finish from 12 yards after Johnnie Jackson's fine pass.

City almost grabbed a goal back through the enterprise of Lawrie Dudfield after 13 minutes. The 19-year-old striker cut in from the right hand side and fired a fierce shot goalbound only to see his effort turned around the post by Gavin Kelly.

Early substitute Kevin Ellison fired in a vicious cross from the left only to see it evade the oncoming Butler and Dudfield and he was there again on the half-hour only to see his volley saved well by Kelly.

Dudfield almost drew the game level five minutes after the restart, but his final shot didn't match his brilliant turn, Kelly collecting his weak effort.

And the former Kettering striker had an even better chance in the 84th minute, Butler playing him in only for Dudfield to see his goalbound shot scrambled away.

We started to find holes in the City defence as the Foxes pressed for an equaliser and McEwen added his second with just four minutes remaining - a similar effort to his first with John Pierct this time providing the ammunition.

Dudfield supplied some consolation for the majority of the 2,677 fans in the dying moments, firing in the rebound to his own penalty after Ian Hillier had handballed inside the area.

Theo beamed: "It was a great win and fully deserved. We had four or five other chances as well.

"There were a lot of young boys in there and it was an outstanding result for them. I was delighted with them."

Leicester City Res: Andrews, Reeves (Noble 23), McCann, Goodwin, Lyth, Ashton, Ellison, Sherman, Dudfield, Butler, Guppy (Darby 45). Subs not used: Webb, Mortimer, Purdie

Spurs Res: Kelly, Hillier, Lacy, Piercy, Toner, O'Donoghue, Consorti (Barnard 76), Jackson, Kamanan, McEwen, Etherington. Subs not used: Kelly, Burch, Henry, Marney.