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PL 2: Iheanacho scores as Leicester whip West Ham

Naija Players Abroad By: Ambrose Udeme | 12/09/2017

PL 2: Iheanacho scores as Leicester whip West Ham

Kelechi Iheanacho was on target on Monday night as Leicester City’s Development Squad overwhelmed West Ham United in a 3-1 victory in Premier League 2 at King Power Stadium on Monday evening.

On the cusp of half-time, Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring before later efforts from Vicente Iborra and George Thomas. Antonio Martinez, meanwhile, struck in the 76th minute for the visitors.

Under-23s coach Steve Beaglehole had a bounty of first-team experience at his disposal as Eldin Jakupović, Robert Huth and Yohan Benalouane joined Iborra and Iheanacho in the starting XI.

City came out the blocks quickly and, when Jakupović’s hopeful ball found the feet of Josh Eppiah, strike partner Josh Gordon took control and fired it just over 'keeper Rihards Matrevic’s bar.

After 15 minutes, Iheanacho’s first opening of the match presented itself when Benalouane played a brilliant pass through into the Nigerian international’s path.

Iheanacho hit it first-time with his left foot, but Matrevic was there to get a hand to it. From the resulting corner, it was Iborra’s turn to go close, but his glanced header fizzed wide.

After a period of continued dominance for the hosts, the breakthrough finally came when, just before the break, Iheanacho swept it neatly into the bottom corner from close range.

City emerged from the interval a side intent on cementing their supremacy with more goals and, before the 50th minute, they had done just that.

First, Iborra muscled free of his man to power a header into the net, from a wonderful Connor Wood corner, before Thomas got his name on the scoresheet with a powerful low drive.

It could so easily have been four for the Foxes with 17 minutes to spare when Iheanacho broke the offside trap to dink it over Matrevics but Alex Pike was on hand to scramble it off the line.

From one end to the other, West Ham got a goal back in the 75th minute as Martinez seized upon Benalouane’s loose back-pass to finish, via a ricochet off the post, into the far corner.

Late on, with seconds to spare, Jakupović had to be alert to Pike’s searching cross, which landed onto the right boot of substitute Jahmal Hector-Ingram, but the Bosnian-Swiss saved well.