Leicester U18s 1 Albion U18s 3

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Jovan Malcolm’s second-half brace helped Albion’s U18s seal their first win of the U18s Premier League season against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

Stopper Maksymilian Boruc's heroics saw him keep out an early penalty before Alex Williams opened the scoring for the Baggies with minutes remaining of the first half.

But Leicester’s Kian Pennant netted a swift response just before the interval.

However, it was Albion who would come out on top and Malcolm’s confident display in the second half saw him net two goals which ensured victory for the youngsters away from home.

Peter Gilbert’s U18s had lost four on the bounce heading into the weekend’s game with the Foxes, who themselves were without a win this season.

Thankfully, Gilbert’s side would buck the trend at Leicester’s training ground and seized the initiative after Vinnie Dwyer set up Williams to net the opener.

But their Midlands rivals reacted quickly to Albion’s goal and scored courtesy of Pennant’s finish three minutes before the half-time whistle.

However, the young Baggies started the second half strongest and responded well to Leicester pulling level when four minutes in, they restored their lead.

Dwyer turned provider again, setting up Malcolm for his first and the attacker would wrap up the contest 17 minutes later when striker Mo Faal set up his lively team-mate to strike his second and give Albion’s youngsters a platform to build off going into their next game against West Ham.


ALBION: Boruc, Dwyer, Ingram, N’Goma (Shaw 46), Ashworth; Williams, Iroegbunam (Lamb 83), Teixeira,  Okoka; Malcolm; Faal (Cleary 80).

Substitutes: Grant, Cisse.