Loughborough University managed to put in a good performance but were undone by a strong Leicester City U18 side at the Loughborough University Stadium. The visitors took the lead inside 5 minutes before doubling it just before half time. The Scholars managed to get back into in on the hour mark, but the game was over as a contest not long after as the Foxes regained their two-goal cushion.
Leicester started the brighter of the two sides and a mistake by Loughborough keeper James Stallan nearly gifted Harrison Myring an ideal opportunity to score. Stallan recovered well however and managed to overt any danger. The Foxes pressure did bring about the first goal though, January signing Callum Wright drove inside from the left and his shot from distance took a deflection and looped over Stallan.
Alassane Meite caused the Scholars problems all night with his direct running, and after skipping past three players his weak shot was well held by Stallan. The Foxes continued their dominance inside the first ten minutes as a corner was met by the head of Lukas Husek, his header was superbly tipped over the bar by Stallan to keep Loughborough’s deficit at one.
Loughborough began to grow into the game from this point, they produced neat and intricate passages of play, but their only real opportunity of the half was a Joe Boachie shot that flew over.
In search of a second before half time Leicester upped the pressure on the Scholars, managing to find the net again before the interval, ending the half with a two goal lead.
Looking to utilise all the squad ahead of Important league games, Loughborough made ten changes at the break, and this made a difference as they came out a lot brighter in the second half. James Daly crossed for Ben Last to shoot over and then moments later Last lead a counter attack playing in Eric Duah who had his shot well blocked.
As the Scholars looked for a way back into the game, they created their best chance so far. Matthew Crookes cut inside beating a couple of Foxes defenders before having a low shot saved by Jakub Stolarczyk. The Loughborough pressure finally told as they pulled a goal back. Great feet from Last in the box created a shooting chance and he managed to chip the ball over Stolarczyk to give the home side a lifeline.
The chance of a Loughborough come back wasn’t alive for long though as Leicester regained their two goal advantage moments later. The dangerous Wright again cut in from the left and a lucky deflection gave him a shooting opportunity. The youngster produced an incredible finish to find the top corner from outside the penalty area. This goal killed the game as a contest, but the Scholars never gave up and good build up play saw Daly shoot straight at Stolarczyk from distance.
The young Foxes came closest to finding the back of the net in the last ten minutes. Myring found himself in behind but his chip was well saved by Jake Hilton before he put the follow up wide.
Overall, an excellent game of football against a good Leicester City side gave the Scholars an excellent test as they move into their last 7 Total Motion Midland Football League matches.
We would like to thank the CVA officials team and Loughborough Emmanuel FC who provided mascots and ball boys for the game.
The Scholars will next be in action at home on Saturday 21st April against Bromsgrove Sporting – 3pm KO.
Please also note that due to the UEFA European U-17 Championship some of our home games have moved location:
Tuesday 1st May – AFC Wulfrunians will now be played at Nanpantan – 7.45pm KO
Thursday 3rd May – Stourport Swifts will now be played at Quorn – 7.45pm KO