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Leicester City 2014

Our 2014 game at The King Power Stadium on the evening of the 15th of May proved to be an extremely tight match featuring two well matched sides. The game was a constant struggle for dominance on both sides with no side gaining the upper hand long enough to forge a convincing lead. Despite the teams bagging only 2 goals apiece it still proved to be a terrifically exciting match, and provided great entertainment for all the Foxes fans in the stands watching on.

Date: Thursday 15th of May 2014
Venue: The King Power Stadium
Leicester City (Home) vs Leicester City (Away)
Kick off: 7:30 pm
Legends: Muzzy Izzet and Matt Piper
Match Officials: Alan Wileman, Iain Danson and Ryan O'Mahony

It was the Away side in their Gray and Yellow strips that got the match underway, but the Home team were raring to go and gained possession almost immediately. While this did not last, it would set the tone for the 1st half as both teams fought for possession in an engrossing first half’s play. The Home side had a chance to take an early lead from a corner but the cross was stopped by an Away defender and though the rebound fell to a player in Blue the Home team couldn't quite force the ball into the net.

A far greater chance came when Home No 2 Mark Pallett sent in a near perfect cross, it fell to team-mate Scott Stafford, who managed to get the ball past the Keeper under pressure. Sadly his shot was cleared of the line by a last ditch attempt from Away Left–Mid Hemel Majithia, the No 8 getting his team out of danger, if only temporarily. An intended pass up field from the Away team only found the Home team's other Striker Elliot Plant. However his shot on goal was well blocked by Away No 5 Kevin Pratt who saved his team from conceding an early goal.

Both teams were battling back and forth for possession in the midfield until the Home team got a little over zealous and No 7 Marcus Plant, who in his desperation to gain possession slide tackled Away Centre-Mid Gogs Gogna and failed to get the ball. The ref obviously called a foul and gave the Away team a free kick. From the resulting kick No 4 John Vint decided to take a long shot at goal, however his well struck effort narrowly missed the target, landing on top of the net.

The defensive play was very consistent from both teams and was preventing each other from reaching the opposite end, and at times both teams had to resort to long shots on goal, which didn't trouble the keepers at either end. However the skilful Away No 10 Gogs Gogna's effort nearly made it into the back of net, but an athletic save from Home Keeper Nathan Nicholls ensured that the game remained scoreless.

With over half of the game gone both two teams continued to force their way up the pitch and created plenty of attempts on goal. Then as the Away side tried to move back down the pitch No 8 Lloyd Young caught one of the Away side off guard and after winning the tackle well played the ball to teammate Scott Stafford who played it back to Young, the LM fired off an excellent shot from distance which sailed over the Keeper’s head and into the back of the net, putting the Home team ahead in the 28th min (1-0).

While the Away side had some half chances to equalise they never managed to convert those chances before half time came. The morale in the Home changing room was high after gaining the lead, however the Away changing room was no different. Despite being a goal down they knew there was not much between them and a 2nd half comeback was always a possibility.

Half Time: Leicester City (Home) 1 - 0 Leicester City (Away)

After receiving rousing half-time team talks by Legends Muzzy Izzet and Matt Piper both teams resolved to exert themselves even harder and the Foxes fans made their way back onto the pitch with all to play for in the 2nd half.

Both teams continued to fight hard for possession in the 2nd half as well, and the pattern of the 1st half was mostly repeated with the teams locked in a midfield battle which meant chances were few and far between.

It was the Away team that had the first breakthrough when a loose ball was sent high and long by No 9 Brendan Johnson, where it found Away Striker and Captain Mark Preston. With the Home team about to chase him down Preston got off a great strike that stretched the Home GK Nathan Nicholls, who managed to keep it out brilliantly with his finger tips.

Their opponents were not to be outdone, however, and the team in Blue shirts nearly pulled even further ahead soon after. A cross to the opposite side of the pitch found right mid Marcus Plant who then laid it off to striker Elliot Plant. He sent the ball towards the bottom left corner from outside the box and was only denied by an agile diving save from Away Keeper Nick Enright.

The Away side continued to build the pressure on their opponents and the Home team could only push the ball out for a corner to prevent the Away side pushing further into the box. The corner was taken by legend Matt Piper and what a superb cross it was. It went straight to No 4 John Vint at the back post who powered his header into the back of the net past the keeper with no trouble at all. This brought the Away side level in the 73rd min (1-1).

This did not sit right with the Home team who clearly wanted their lead back. They upped their game and were right back in the faces of their opponents probing around the box for an opportunity at goal. This came soon after when a long pass forward found Legend Muzzy Izzet on the edge of the box, the midfielder proceeded to let fly with a fantastic shot that made its way through a sea of players and keeper Nick Enright and into the bottom left corner. The Home side had their lead once again in the 80th min (2-1).

The fighting spirit in the Away side didn’t die there though and they were immediately up the opposite end closing in on goal. With 83 mins on the clock Legend Matt Piper carried the ball into the box but his pass was nearly thwarted by opposite number Muzzy Izzet. Then out of nowhere came No 14 Adrian Landers, who danced past Izzet, who was still on the ground and sub Michael Brown, before evading the keeper and slotting the ball into the bottom right corner. His exuberant celebration was a morale boost to his team and the nail in the coffin to the Home side’s hopes of a win (2-2)!

The Home team seemed to lose heart slightly and the Away side asserted their dominance as time ran out. However despite great pressure from the Away side, the Home team never crumbled and held firm until the final whistle went with the score remaining level at 2-2. It had been an extremely hard fought and entertaining game, with both sides very evenly matched throughout and the result clearly reflected the 90mins of play that had gone before. The day ended with the watching Foxes fans giving their heroes a rousing round of applause and with no-one on the losing side it was safe to say everyone went home happy!

Full Time: Leicester City (Home) 2 - 2 Leicester City (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Nathan Nicholls
Man of the Match Away: John Vint
Moment of the Match: Lloyd Young (Home)

Home Team: Nathan Nicholls, Mark Pallett, Muzzy Izzet, Jon Dixon (C), Tom Wain, Martin Wain, Marcus Plant, Lloyd Young, Scott Stafford, Luke McDonald, Elliott Plant, Michael Brown, Mark Cooper, Thomas Graham, Jason Guy
Home Mascot: Ben Buckby

Away Team: Nick Enright, Martin Mcleod, Matt Piper, John Vint, Kevin Pratt, Craig Sawbridge, Scott Jordan, Hemel Majithiam, Brendan Johnson, Gogs Gogna, Mark Preston (C), Adrian Landers, Kevin Pratt, Ben Earp, Hemel Majithia (A8)
Away Mascot: Corey Preston