Foxes bite back
Our Under-18s started well but were eventually beaten 4-2 by an impressive Leicester City on Saturday.
Our Under-18s started well but were eventually beaten 4-2 by an impressive Leicester City side on Saturday.
Alex Inglethorpe's team went into the game with four wins on the trot and were 2-0 up at the break but the home side produced the form that has now taken them to eight wins in eight in the Premier Academy League with a four-goal response in the second half.
The lads were also hit by a first-half injury to goalkeeper Jamie Butler, who was forced off just after the half-hour mark with a suspected broken nose after a making a brave save at the feet of Adi Yussef.
Up against a what must be one of the tallest, most physical sides in the PAL, it was somewhat of an irony that we took a 2-0 lead with two headers from corners.
Kudus Oyenuga opened the scoring with a huge leap over two defenders to power home from Jake Nicholson's corner after 17 minutes.
Ten minutes later and Jesse Waller-Lassen was upended in the box only for Foxes keeper Robert Ambrusics to turn away Paul Jose Mpoku's penalty diving full-length to his right.
However, Ambrusics' joy didn't last long as from the resulting corner, Nicholson swung the ball in again and Mpoku met it with a glancing header that flew into the far corner.
Butler was soon out of the game with his nose injury and replaced by Mirko Ranieri, who made a fine save with his first touch to deny Yussef with his feet.
Leicester finished the half aggressively but were more controlled in their football in the second half and importantly got a goal back early in the half when Yussef struck low into the corner from 20 yards.
Ranieri denied Yussef after 64 minutes but the home side were taking control and equalised when Jarron John angled his shot across Ranieri into the far corner.
Less than a minute later and the Foxes were in front as Nathan Hicks volleyed home from close range.
The lads tried to get a foothold back in the game but were hit y a fourth five minutes from time when Jeff Schlupp got away down the left and his cross was swept home by Yussef.
Spurs U18s: Butler (Ranieri, 32); Blackwood, Durojaiye, Byrne, Francis-Angol; Waller-Lassen, Nicholson (Fredericks, 78), Mpoku, Kane, McBride (Lancaster, 68); Oyenuga. Unused subs: Carroll, O'Neill.