Kenyan winger Otieno unable to prevent Leicester U21's PL Cup elimination by Crystal Palace

STARS ABROAD Kenyan winger Otieno unable to prevent Leicester U21's PL Cup elimination by Crystal Palace

Mark Kinyanjui 11:47 - 02.03.2024

Otieno, who also played for Chelsea, tried to make things happen playing as a left winger but could not help Leicester avoid defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League Cup on Friday.

Harambee Stars prospect Siliko Amari Otieno Thomas featured as a left winger for the entire match but could not help Leicester U21 prevent a Premier League Cup exit to Crystal Palace U21s on Friday evening.

The former Chelsea prospect, who recently broke into a Leicester City matchday squad but is yet to feature at senior level with the club in the hunt for promotion, did hold his own, providing width and attempting to make things happen, but his efforts ultimately were not enough.

It was the hosts who got off to the better start at Crystal Palace Training Ground, breaking the deadlock through Craig Farquhar's close-range header inside the opening quarter of an hour.

 The lead was doubled 30 minutes in, courtesy of an unfortunate Ben Grist own goal, heading Jadan Raymond's cross past Young. 

City had chances of their own in the first half, most notably just before the break when Joe Wormleighton was denied by a superb Joe Whitworth save, but the visiting Foxes would earn their reward shortly after the interval.

Substitute Amani Richards made an instant impact, halving the deficit less than two minutes into the second period. However, Danny Imray soon re-established Palace's two-goal cushion, via another header, effectively putting the game beyond Leicester.

To their credit, the away side continued to battle away and made the last 10 minutes nervy for the Eagles when Brandon Cover set up substitute Chris Popov to convert. Despite throwing everything at it in the closing stages, it wasn't to be and the Foxes youngsters bowed out of the competition.

Next in action on Monday evening, attention turns back to PL2 and a meeting with Leeds United at the Leeds United  Training Ground.

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