U23s Report: Leicester City 1-0 Leeds United

U23s Report: Leicester City 1-0 Leeds United

Live updates from the King Power Stadium.

Premier League 2

Leicester City 1 (Maswanhise 60’)

Leeds United 0

Leicester: Young (GK), Daley-Campbell (c), Flynn, Mendy (Ewing 61’), Spencer-Adams, Nelson, McAteer, Braybrooke, Fitzhugh (Pennant 76’), Marcal-Madivadua (Russ 71’), Maswanhise. 

Subs not used: Odunze, Wormleighton.

Leeds: Klaesson (GK), Drameh, Sutcliffe (Gray 63’), Bate, Moore, Kenneh (c), McKinstry (McCarron 45’), Allen, Dean, Snowdon (Carole 74’), McGurk.

Subs not used: Van Den Heuvel, Mullen.

Mark Jackson oversaw a young Leeds United Under 23s side away at Leicester City on Friday evening, as they lost to a second half strike after a close encounter.

In a fast-paced start to the match, both teams went close to opening the scoring on more than one occasion inside the first 10 minutes. 

Wanya Marcal-Madivadua curled an effort over the bar from the edge of the box, before Foxes ‘keeper Brad Young denied Stuart McKinstry and Max Dean with solid saves down the other end.

The pairing of Dean and McKinstry were causing problems and again found Young in fine form, denying them again, in what would turn out to be a story of much of the first half. 

Next up to go close for the Whites was Sean McGurk. The winger found space in the box but not enough, as his close-range effort was then blocked. 

Leeds were controlling much of the play but the hosts were a threat on the counter, so the Whites were thankful to see Vontae Daley-Campbell strike into the side netting when in the box. 

Klaesson was then forced to make a stop from Tawanda Maswanhise, before Young was called into action again, denying McKinstry and two further efforts from McGurk prior to the interval. 

It had been an entertaining half between two attacking sides, but the chances were not taken at either end and we went in level at the break.

HALF TIME: Leicester City 0-0 Leeds United

Leicester came out on the front foot in the second half and tested Leeds early on. Nohan Kenneh was alert to clear a certain goal from Maswanhise’s strike, before Klaesson saved the follow up from Sammy Braybrooke.

Maswanhise wasn’t to be denied for long though. Shane Flynn’s cross into the box wasn’t dealt with and that allowed the Leicester striker to poke home from close range and open the scoring.

In search of an equaliser, Jackson’s side were pushing forward. With 15 minutes to go, all three subs had been used on either side at the King Power Stadium, in a second half that hadn’t produced as many chances as the first. 

The hosts were looking to settle for their hard-fought one-nil scoreline and when Leeds looked to get forward, they were stopped from doing so with little fouls. Both Vontae Daley-Campbell and Kasey McAteer brought players down when on the counter and were booked for doing so. 

Five minutes of added time were announced at the end of the game, offering hope to the Whites, just as Lewis Bate powered a low effort into the side netting and with the last attack of the game, the midfielder then went down in the box but the penalty appeals were turned away. 

The whistle went to signal the end of what had been a battling match, meaning Leeds had lost their 100% start away from home in PL2 this season.

FULL TIME: Leicester City 1-0 Leeds United

Venue: King Power Stadium

Referee: David Richardson

Booked: Daley-Campbell, McAteer (Leicester)