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Vale bow out

9 January 2014

Vale reserves take a beating from Leicester City

A young Vale reserve side were comfortably beaten by an impressive Leicester City outfit on the Bycars training pitches this afternoon

Leicester took the lead with their first attack in the second minute. Harry Panayiotou broke clear down the right hand side before sending over a cross that Doug Price failed to clear and Jacob Blyth latched on to the loose ball before firing it into the roof of the net.

minute. A corner from the left was cleared by Ricardo Swarby to Michael Cain and his cross was headed home by Panayiotou. Leicester scored again four minutes later. A scramble in the Vale box saw Cain lay the ball off to Panayiotou and his shot flew past Boot with the aid of a deflection from Tom Morris.thVale skipper Ryan Lloyd cleared another Panayiotou cross before the visitors made it 2-0 in the 18

minute when Dominic Dell hit a shot wide of the mark. Four minutes before half time Dell broke clear for a run on goal but was caught by Alie Sesay and the chance went begging.ndVale had their first threat on goal in the 32

Early in the second half Vale had their best spell of the game and former Leicester academy player Louis Tambini hit a cross that went across the face of goal eluding everybody. Wilson Carvalho cut in from the right to hit a shot that was deflected for a corner and Lloyd also had a shot blocked.

minute. Former Vale trialist Zoumana Bakayogo hit a shot from the left that was deflected into the path of Zak McCourt and he knocked the ball home despite Price just failing to clear the ball off the line.rdBlyth hit a cross by Callum Elder against the Vale bar before Leicester scored their fourth goal in the 63

minute. Cain made progress down the right before hitting an angled shot that Boot parried, but the rebound fell to the same player and he made no mistake by lashing the loose ball into the top corner.thLeicester rounded off the scoring with their fifth of the afternoon in the 76

The result leaves Vale needing a victory in their final group game against Doncaster Rovers next month to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals.


Port Vale – Boot, Swaby, Price, Morris, Jefford, Carvalho, Wakeman (Reeves 75), O’Neill, Lloyd, Dell, Tambini

Subs not used – N.Smith, Beesley, Osbourne, Warner


Leicester City – A.Smith, Pearson, Elder (Taft 58), McCourt, Sesay (Paratore 58), Kennedy, Dawson, Cain, Blyth, Panayiotou (Barrington 63) Bakayogo

Subs not used – Sharpe, Dodoo

Match Report - PHIL SHERWIN

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