U23 Report: Leicester 3-0 Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 25 Oct Leicester v Saints
Photo by Tom Mulholland | Kayne Ramsay
Fri 25 Oct 7PM
Premier League 2 - Division 1
Leicester City
3
Southampton
0
Leshabela [28'] Wright [51'] Felix-Eppiah [88']
goal
Clark (74')
yellow card
Jankewitz (79') Slattery (90')
Referee: Tom Reeves | Venue: Holmes Park | Attendance: 101

In some terrible conditions at Holmes Park, Southampton Under-23s fell to a 3-0 defeat away to Leicester City.

With the wind and the rain lashing down, and summer seeming well and truly over, it was Leicester who enjoyed the spoils in the Midlands.

The Foxes first came after 29 minutes, with Callum Wright's cross meeting Khyanya Leshabela at the back post who fired his effort into the top corner. 

Leicester's second came just after the break; Wright turning goalscorer following a commanding run by captain George Thomas. 

The third, which inevitably sealed the result, was a product of the 87th minute; substitute Josh Eppiah marking his return to action with a thumping effort into the roof of the net. 

It was a first half dominated by the conditions, something highlighted by the amount, or lack of, clear-cut chances.

Kayne Ramsey and Sam Bellis linked up well for Saints within the first ten minutes; the latter’s sliding effort well blocked before it could reach Leicester keeper Eldin Jakupović.

The home side also got in on the act and overall enjoyed the lion’s share of the limited efforts on goal; a Luke Thomas cross found George Hurst who headed just over Jack Bycroft’s crossbar after 27 minutes.

The Hurst chance preceded the opening goal, as Wright’s deep cross was met at the back post by Leshabela who fired it into the top right corner to give the Foxes the lead a minute before the half hour mark. 

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Kornelius Hansen of Southampton FC during the Premier League 2 match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at Holmes Park on October 25, 2019 in Leicester, England
Kornelius Hansen battles the opposition and the elements.

Whilst the conditions may have calmed following the start of the second half, the home side's pressure did not. 

Seven minutes into the next 45, Leicester doubled their lead through the provider of the first, Wright, who benefitted from a strong run by skipper Thomas. 

Thomas picked up the ball in midfield and, following a marauding run, found Wright at the back post who picked out Bycroft's far right corner. 

Less than ten minutes later the Foxes nearly added a third. Substitute Eppiah made a strong surge through midfield before laying the ball off to Hurst, whose strong effort was well blocked for a corner. 

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: General view of Holmes Park prior to the Premier League 2 match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at Holmes Park on October 25, 2019 in Leicester, England during the Premier League 2 match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at Holmes Park on October 25, 2019 in Leicester, England
The wind and the rain certainly played their part at Holmes Park

Much of the remainder of the second half was spent in midfield, as Leicester sat back and protected their lead whilst Southampton looked to respond. 

However, the result was put beyond doubt in the 87th minute when Eppiah snatched possession on the left wing, before cutting inside and firing into the roof of the net for Leicester's third.  

Leicester City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    61
    comparison angle
    39
  • Shots
    13
    comparison angle
    1
  • Shots on target
    5
    comparison angle
    0
  • Corners
    5
    comparison angle
    3
  • Passes Complete
    311
    comparison angle
    152

Leicester City PL2

1
Eldin Jakupovic (GK)
3
Luke Thomas
5
Darnell Johnson
6
Filip Benkovic
2
Mitchell Clark yellow card
7
Callum Wright goal
replace Calvin Ughelumba (84′)
8
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
10
Admiral Muskwe
replace Josh Felix-Eppiah (63′) goal
11
Thakgalo Leshabela goal
4
George Thomas (C)
9
George Hirst
replace Conor Tee (75′)
15
Dempsey Arlott-John
16
Josh Felix-Eppiah
14
Conor Tee
12
Calvin Ughelumba
13
Jakub Stolarczyk

Southampton PL2

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
6
Christoph Klarer
3
Kameron Ledwidge
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
2
Kayne Ramsay
8
Alexandre Jankewitz yellow card
7
Kgagelo Chauke
replace Sean Brennan (82′)
11
Jake Vokins
4
Callum Slattery (C) yellow card
10
Kornelius Hansen
9
Sam Bellis
replace Harlem Hale (52′)
12
Pascal Kpohomouh
16
Harlem Hale
14
Kieran Freeman
13
Tommy Scott
15
Sean Brennan
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