Stoke City Under-18s 2 (Adeloye 50, Richards 85)
Leicester City Under-18s 0
STOKE CITY’S Under-18s secured back-to-back victories for the first time this season as they overcome Leicester City 2-0 on Saturday morning.
Second half strikes from forwards Tomi Adeloye and Derice Richards sealed the win and followed last weekend’s 4-1 triumph over West Ham United.
The three points aided the side’s bid to lift themselves off the foot of the table before the end of the season with five games remaining and a trip to Blackburn Rovers next up on Tuesday morning.
It was the Potters who were quickest out of the blocks and had a flurry of chances to take the lead within the opening eight minutes of the contest as Adeloye stung the fingertips of Liam Sharpe from close range after a cleaver throw-in routine before Ed Sanders was unable to direct his header goalwards following Eddy Lecygne’s deep free-kick.
Leicester slowly grew into the half and the impressive Simone Stankivicius almost opened the scoring when he worked some space on the edge-of-the-area before dragging his effort just wide of Dale Eve’s right-hand post.
However, it wasn’t long before the hosts were back in their stride and went on to dominate much of the remainder of the half as Lecygne and Curtis Strong both saw efforts dealt with by Sharpe.
The Potters had a good chance to take the lead midway through the first period but after Lecgyne’s free-kick had deflected into the path of England Under-18 international Sam Coulson, the defender was thwarted at his feet by the Leicester ‘keeper.
The away side did have the half’s best chance to take the lead though minutes before the interval, but Chike Kandi wasted it when he fired three yards wide after being put through one-on-one with Eve.
City made a positive start to the second half and made their early dominance count when Yusuf Coban won the ball inside his own half before surging forward and feeding Adeloye, who shifted the ball onto his left foot and curled an effort into the bottom corner from just outside the area.
Stoke continued on the front foot and were only denied from doubling their lead when a superb passage of play allowed left-back Strong to fire towards goal but see his powerful effort excellently pushed away from point-blank range by Sharpe.
The Foxes had a great opportunity to have pull level on 55 minutes when City lost possession midway inside their own half but Kandi was stopped by Eve before his follow-up shot was cleared off the line from Sanders.
After that rare scare from the away team, the Potters could have extended their advantage through Adeloye’s, but the forward headed just over following Jake Cook’s right-wing cross into the six-yard box.
John Perkins’ side stayed resolute and comfortably dealt with the expected Leicester onslaught before having a chance to make it two through Richards but his effort from inside the 18-yard box was easily saved by the Leicester stopper.
However, the forward wasn’t to be denied getting his name of the scoresheet and duly sealed the win for the Potters with five minutes remaining as he latched onto Adeloye’s flick-on and finished with aplomb into the roof of the net from 14 yards.
Stoke City: Eve, Cook, Strong, Lecygne, Sanders (c), Coulson, Coban, Makrillos, Adeloye, Richards, Monlouis: Unused: Kurasik, Pickerill, Yao, Douglas, Taylor.
Leicester City: Sharpe, Kipre, Casey, Dombrauskis (King 69), Jones, Dineen (c), Bailey, Miles, Kandi, Samba, Stankivicius. Unused: Varnham-Smith, King, Moore, Rowe, Dusabe.