Leicester City - Dodds hat-trick thwarts Coalville
UK time is: 10:13:50
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Dodds hat-trick thwarts Coalville

Louis Dodds sublime winning goal, which completed his hat-trick in the closing minutes of extra time, earned Leicester City victory by 3-2 over Coalville Town in the Westerby Chalenge Cup final at The Walkers tonight.

How fitting is was that the free-scoring Academy Player of the season should claim the glory in a match which Coalville might easily have snatched yet City could have won by a distance.

In the end with time running out and penalties beckoning, Dodds turned deftly on the left edge of the penalty area and chipped the most delicate of curling shots over Coalville goalkeeper Steve Wilson for the winner.

And delicacy was needed because, earlier and even afterwards, chances galore were either deflected by Wilson, blocked by defenders, had rebounded to safety off the woodwork or simply been squandered by inaccuracy.

Dodds himself might have had five or six goals. But his two goals in the first 19 minutes - a tap in after a four-man move and a coolly taken chip with the outside of his right foot after Levi Porter's clever pass seemed to have put City in the comfort zone.

Indeed Dodds could have completed his hat-trick a minute into the second half when beaten only by the awkward bounce of the ball when clean through.

Andy King then failed to tap an Alan Sheehan cross into a vacant goal before Ashley Warner pulled a goal back for Coalville.

Suddenly Leicester looked as if they might pay for their wastefulness in front of goal and a shock looked even more possible.

First Ashley Brown had a "goal" disallowed for hands but then Dave Tongue was allowed a completely free header on the edge of City's box and Richard Saunders deflected the ball home for 2-2.

Coalville sent their big aerial players forward as the 90 minutes drew to a close but City's lightweight defenders held out.

In extra time Odhiambo and Gradel had shots blocked, Bobby McKay and Levi Porter were next to squander glorious opportunities, Gradel dragged a simple chance wide and Tom Tejan-Sie hit a post.

It seemed City would have to face tbe lottery of penalties until Dodds' so-cool and accurate decider gave City's essentially under 18 side City's only trophy win for the season to place alongside the Academy's runner-up spot in the Premier Academy League.

City were never at their best against a tall, strong and often dangerous Coalville.

Their early close-passing attacks, mostly conducted by Levi Porter, gradually became disjointed as individuals tried to do too much on the ball.

Led by left-back Danum Russell the visitors contested everything and, on pulling a goal back, committed increasing numbers to an attack always threateningly led by Ashley Warner.

In extra-time those efforts took a toll and City's return to a quick passing strategy re-exerted their edge and finally earned victory in a well attended final.

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 10 2006

Time: 12:14AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
well done on winning the trophy what ever its called what teams do you play in it.
Report Abuse
10/05/2006 15:40:00

Agreed, its always good to win some silverware in the club, wherever it comes from. Looks nice in the cabinet,innit?
Report Abuse
02/06/2006 14:02:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Leicester City Articles

Audio - Performance Pleases Ranieri (Saturday October 3 2015)

Stats: Norwich v Leicester (Saturday October 3 2015)

Ranieri Relishing Norwich Clash (Friday October 2 2015)

Ranieri Gives Pre Norwich Injury Update (Thursday October 1 2015)

Vardy Back With England (Thursday October 1 2015)

Kante Pleased With Leicester Start (Thursday October 1 2015)

Vardy - Goals Mean Nothing Without Points (Tuesday September 29 2015)

Archived Leicester City Articles

List All Vital Leicester  Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Man City 8 6 0 2 12 18
2. Man Utd 7 5 1 1 7 16
3. Crystal Palace 8 5 0 3 4 15
4. Leicester City 8 4 3 1 2 15
5. West Ham 8 4 2 2 6 14
6. Arsenal 7 4 1 2 3 13
7. Everton 7 3 3 1 4 12

Leicester City Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Norwich City 1 - 2 Leicester City
Norwich : 04/10/2015 10:06:01
Jose Has His Keegan Moment
Chelsea : 04/10/2015 10:05:01
Chelsea 1 Southampton 3
Chelsea : 04/10/2015 09:57:00
Alex Neil: We Moved The Ball Too Slowly
Norwich : 04/10/2015 08:00:01
The return of Dark clouds to Chelsea FC
Chelsea : 04/10/2015 01:30:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Norwich MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Schmeichel 0%
Simpson 0%
Huth 0%
Morgan 0%
Fuchs 0%
Albrighton 0%
Drinkwater 0%
Kante 0%
Schlupp 0%
Vardy 0%
Okazaki 0%
Sub - Benalouane 0%
Sub - Ulloa 0%
Sub - King 0%