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Leicester U18s 3-1 Spurs - match report and photos

16 November 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Anthony Georgiou’s late strike was merely a consolation as our Under-18s slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Saturday lunchtime.

Georgiou finished off an excellent team goal which saw the ball played out from the back, but with the lads already three goals behind it was never going to affect the result.

Georgiou had spurned a chance to put us into an early lead at the Foxes’ Belvoir Drive training ground. He went through on goal but was indecisive in picking his shot, allowing Leicester goalkeeper Liam Sharpe to make a save.

The opening stages also saw Connor Ogilvie, playing at centre-half instead of his usual left-back berth, venture forward with a solo run before testing Sharpe with a speculative shot that was comfortable for the home stopper.

The Foxes were gifted the lead on 25 minutes when Ogilvie accidentally turned the ball past keeper Liam Priestley – making his first start between the posts this season – at the near post as he attempted to divert a Ben Chilwell cross from the left behind for a corner.

Three minutes later, a low free kick taken by Will Miller proved easy for Sharpe to deal with. And the next time the two players would encounter each other in the 34th minute, Sharpe came out on top again as he raced off his line to beat the onrushing Miller to a through ball from Josh Onomah.

The game was held up while Foxes midfielder Brandon Fox received treatment after he came off worse in a tackle, eventually resulting in the hosts making a change. But within seconds of the resumption Leicester snatched a second goal as Danny Rowe stole in front of his marker and glanced home following Simonas Stankevicius’ left wing cross.

We made a double change at the break, but within four minutes of the start of the second half we found ourselves further behind as substitute Keenan King hammered home Matty Miles’ cross.

Miller fired over the bar for us following a neat lay-off by substitute Harry Winks, while Ogilvie did well to block a fierce shot from Stankevicius at close quarters. Leicester won a corner straight away which Miles took, with Priestley making an excellent save to keep out Chilwell’s free header from eight yards out.

Priestley got low to gather Eddy Samba’s driven free-kick in the 73rd minute as Leicester retained the edge, but as the game entered its closing stages we seemed more effective going forward and with 86 minutes on the watch we pulled a goal back.

As we stamped out a Leicester attack, Anton Walkes played the ball out to Nathan Oduwa on the right, who carried it over half-way and fed Winks in a central position. He in turn ferried the ball out to Georgiou, who cut inside from the left and clipped the ball, right-footed, across Sharpe and inside the far post.

Oduwa outmuscled his marker close to the corner flag on a couple of occasions in the moments that followed, but Leicester stayed strong to prevent us adding to the scoreline.

Spurs: Priestley, Vincent-Young (Winks 46), Walkes, Onomah, Carter-Vickers, Ogilvie, Sonupe (Akindayini 56), Goddard (Oduwa 46), Miller, Lesniak, Georgiou. Subs not used: Pritchard, McGee (GK).