The headline many Tigers fans hoped for today, but instead it’s the Leicester City Academy U18’s who travelled to Sunderland and came back as the top Academy side in the Country being crowned Premium League Champions.
Thracian from the Foxestalk message board made the journey North and provides his assessment of the day
Sunderland 2 City 2 (aet) City Won 4-3 on penalties
Super game, drama almost from first kick til Mattock's winning penalty in the shoot out – and the joyous outcome was that Leicester head to a prestigious international tournament in Dallas, USA as Academy League champions.
Max Gradel stunned the 4,597 crowd in the fourth minute with his 19th goal in 21 matches and what a goal it was – a sublime fast-passing move down the right involving Eric Odhiambo and Billy McKay before Gradel cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable left footer.
Hopes of a typical Leicester onslaught disappeared immediately however as, within a minute Sunderland won a corner and Jordan Henderson's high and curling cross deceived Carl Pentney passing over his head and into the far corner of the net. One-one with five minutes gone.
Leicester left-winger Ryan Beswick then had what looked like a reasonable claim for a penalty turned down barely two minutes later and that's how the game developed. Opportunities were as numerous as the Chance cards in a monopoly game…..