Youth team defeated in East MidlandsOur Under-21 contingent slipped to defeat at the hands of Leicester City yesterday, who were 2-1 victors at Belvoir Drive.
Nathan Dyer, who spent four seasons playing Premier League football with Swansea City, opened the scoring for the Foxes after half-time, and Jak McCourt doubled the lead before the hour. Rowan Liburd netted in the dying stages for the Royals, but it proved academic.
Andrej Kramaric, who joined Leicester as their record signing last January in a deal reported to be worth £9 million, was first to go close after dropping a shoulder and firing into the side netting. Fellow first-teamer Dyer had a shot blocked, before former Parma and Atalanta centre-half Yohan Benalouane did well to get in front of Liburd as a cross came over.
Sami Fridjonsson and Andrija Novakovich both had chances for the Royals before the break, but the Icelander’s 25-yard shot was wide and the American striker saw a shot saved from close range.
However the hosts finally got their noses in front after the interval; Nathan Dyer made a well-timed run to the far post to hammer past Stuart Moore from close range.
Soon after, home captain McCourt doubled the Foxes’ advantage – he pinched the ball high upfield before slotting a composed finish, putting Leicester into a 2-0 lead within 12 minutes of the restart.
Liburd halved the deficit in the 89th minute, and centre-half Jake Cooper came close to grabbing a last-gasp equaliser in stoppage time but fired over in a congested penalty area as Leicester held on to claim the victory.
Meanwhile, the dates of two of our forthcoming U21 fixtures have been amended. Our match against Everton at Adams Park will now take place on Wednesday 9th December, 1pm (originally scheduled for Monday 30th November). Our game against Middlesbrough will take place behind closed doors at Hogwood Park on Wednesday 16th December, 12pm (originally scheduled as Monday 14th December). Click here to access our U21s' full fixture list.
Leicester City U21: Trialist, Sesay, Barmby (Johnson 89), McCourt (c), Moore, Benalouane, Trialist (Miles 85), Panayiotou, Kramarić, Cain, Dyer.
Unused subs: Bramley, Fox, Rowe.
Goals: Dyer (52), McCourt 57.
Reading U21: Moore, Keown (Owusu 70), Griffin, Shaugnessy, Cooper, Sweeney (c), Barrett (Hyam 70), Fridjonsson, Liburd, Kelly, Novakovich (Semedo 75).
Unused subs: Ward, Rinomhota.
Goal: Liburd (89).