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Palmer hat-trick inspires EDS to dominant Leicester win

Palmer hat-trick inspires EDS to dominant Leicester win
Premier League 2
Premier League 2
Sat 16 Oct
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Cole Palmer 
(19’, 46’, 84’), 
Luca Barrington 
(49’), 
Sam Robinson 
(78’)
Action man Cole Palmer fired a stunning hat-trick to help inspire City’s Elite Development Squad to an impressive PL2 victory over Leicester at the Academy Stadium.

Palmer, who remarkably had come on as a substitute earlier in the day in City’s 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley, struck twice in the first half for Brian Barry-Murphy’s league leaders.

Luca Barrington then added to our lead early in the second half before substitute Sammy Robinson also got in on the scoring act before Palmer set the seal on a superb display by completing his treble.

His stunning final goal set the seal on what was a fine night’s work for the City youngsters who further extended our lead at the top of the PL2 table

What happened

Back in action after the October international break, City were soon into our free-flowing, fluid best, teasing and testing the Leicester defence at every opportunity.

And Palmer – who had earlier a sub and played the last few minutes for Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad in our first team triumph over the Clarets – almost made his presence felt on 17 minutes.

The attacking midfielder ghosted onto Oscar Bobb’s deft through ball before swivelling inside and firing a crisp left shot just over.

However, Palmer wasn’t to be denied for long.


                        TAKE THAT: Cole Palmer fires City into the lead
TAKE THAT: Cole Palmer fires City into the lead

Within two minutes he was picked out by Romeo Lavia’s smart assist and drilled a low shot home to give Barry-Murphy’s youngsters the early advantage.

It was a further demonstration – if any were needed – of Palmer's voracious appetite and desire for the game

City then saw strong appeals for a penalty turned down after Luca Barrington’s goal bound shot appeared to strike a Leicester arm.
Referee Elliott Swallow was unmoved, however.

Having been in complete control City then had a huge let off on 41 minutes. Having come out of his box to clear a long ball, keeper Miki van Sas then misplaced a pass instead finding Leicester’s Jake Wakeling 20 yards out.

However, with van Sas stranded outside his box, the Foxes striker’s shot was fortunately too strong and cleared the bar.

The visitors were almost immediately made to pay for that miss as Palmer doubled his and City’s advantage on the stroke of half time.


                        CELEBRATION TIME: For Palmer and his City team mates
CELEBRATION TIME: For Palmer and his City team mates

With Leicester failing to clear their lines, Palmer seized the ball on the edge of the box and fired home a low shot to send City in 2-0 up at the break.

A mountainous task got even steeper for the visitors three minutes after the restart with Luca Barrington marking his EDS debut in superb style.

The youngster cut in from the left before firing a low shot home to further extend our advantage.

City's dominance was further reinforced on 78 minutes when substitute Sammy Robinson found the target, the full-back scoring from close-range after a rebound off Leicester keeper Brad Young.

But the final word deservedly went to Palmer who sealed his hat-trick with a brilliant curling shot to round off a terrific performance.

How we lined up

Mikki van Sas was in goal shielded by a back four of CJ Egan-Riley, Finley Burns, Luke Mbete and Josh Wilson-Esbrand.

Romeo Lavia was the holding midfielder with Cole Palmer and Shea Charles also in the creative engine room. Oscar Bob, Luca Barrington and Adedire Mebude were the attacking trio.


                        MARSHALL LAW: Luke Mbete drives City forward
MARSHALL LAW: Luke Mbete drives City forward

What it means

With second-placed Arsenal having lost 3-0 at Liverpool earlier in the day, the victory extended City’s lead at the top of PL2.

We now sit four points clear with 20 points from eight games and are now the only unbeaten team in PL2.

What’s next

Brian Barry-Murphy’s side are back in action on Tuesday when we resume our UEFA Youth League campaign away to Club Brugge Under-19s.

Kick-off in Belgium for our third group fixture is slated for 12.30pm (BST).

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