LEICESTER CITY 1-2 COVENTRY CITY U18's BY KEV MONKS
Burge, Phillips, Pegg, Ruffles, Henderson, Willis, Roberts, Rankin, Richards, Daniels, Garner (Clarke-Harris 65). Subs Donald, Fagan, Fletcher, Maund.
Wren, Sesay, Anton, McCourt, Jones, Smith, Robinson, Fanaylotah (King 74), Hopper, Tamloini, SNU Samba
HT LCFC 1-1 CCFC FT LCFC 1-2 CCFC
GOALS Lewis Rankin 19, Tom Hopper 44, Josh Ruffles (79)
Top of the table Coventry City put in a superb team performance to win 2-1 at Leicester City this morning.
On a cold damp morning at Aylestone Road, this Academy League game of third versus top started with a minute silence to mark the loss of City employee Graham 'Jonah' Jones,
Courtney Richards won City an early corner before Tom Hopper rounded Lee Burge and Joe Henderson cleared off the line.
Burge caught a Robinson header in the tenth minute but City led by the immense Jordan Willis defended well and then struck to take the lead with a superbly constructed goal.
Richards delivered a 19th minute pinpoint ball to pick out Lewis Rankin. His first shot was blocked by Leicester’s trialist keeper but when the ball rebounded back to him. Rankin, this time made no mistake with a low drive into the bottom corner of the net.
Tackles flew in what was a tough encounter with Josh Ruffles standing up and being counted as some of the tackles only saw a word from referee Geoff Law.
City were good for their lead but on the stroke of half-time, it was wiped out when was allowed space to powerfully hit a left footed shot past the helpless Burge.
Lee Carsley had his troops ready to go for the second period and they matches Leicester move for move as the rain continued to pour down.
In the 63rd minute, it was only a cracking save from Leicester's keeper who blocked a Will Roberts effort following a great run and cross from Arron Phillips, which stopped City from going back in front.
Every City player which now included substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris gave their all, chasing and battling for every ball and after forcing two corners, they were rewarded with a 79th minute free kick, some twenty five yards out.
Up stepped Josh Ruffles who hit a curling shot which deceived Wren and gave the Sky Blues a deserved 2-1 victory that keeps them top of the Academy League Group B table.