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  • Manchester City

    City 1

    Celina 89mins

  • Leicester City

    Leicester 0

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  • 31 August 2013 13:30
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City’s under 18s extended their unbeaten run in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League, narrowly defeating Leicester 1-0 at Platt Lane.

Bersant Celina’s last-minute winner was enough to secure victory over the Foxes, and it was fully deserved as the Blues had dominated much of the game.

City made just one change from the side that beat Stoke on Wednesday, as Billy O’Brien replaced Angus Gunn in goal.

The Blues started the brighter of the two sides, but struggled to create any real chances. Kean Bryan and Sam Jones had City's best efforts of the half, but both shots flew over the crossbar.

Leicester defended in numbers and were proving difficult to break down, and the Foxes will have been the happier of the two teams when the sides went in level at half-time.

City were much more direct in the second half but the end product was lacking. Leicester continued to work hard off-the-ball, much to the frustration of the home side.

As the half wore on though, the Foxes began to tire. City pressed for a winner and just as the game looked to be heading for a draw, the Blues dealt the killer blow.

With just seconds left on the clock, Bryan found Boadu in the box. The striker held the ball up well before feeding substitute Celina, who calmly slotted the ball into the far corner to make it 1-0.

It was no more than the Blues deserved and the exuberant celebrations that followed were thoroughly justified. Next up for Jason Wilcox's men, it’s Fulham away on 14 September.

Match details

Saturday 31 August 2013, 11:30AM

Platt Lane Att:300
Barclays Premier Academy League


Manchester City:

O'Brien, Horsefield (Maffeo), Bossaerts, Jones, Tasande, Brown, Intima (McHale), Boadu, Lema (Celina), Bryan, Barker

Unused subs:
Albinson, McHale, Oliver

Leicester City:

Sharpe, King, Chilwell, Miles, Ngoma, Casey, Downes, Awuah, Stankivicius, Rowe, Samba

Unused subs:
Burke, Varnham, Moore, Dusabe, King

All times are taken from a live feed and are approximate at time of publishing.
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