Date:Monday September 4 2006
Leicester Masters were unable to retain their Master title after being knocked out by Rangers in the semi final.
The format of the tournament changed compared to the regional games, with the final becoming a straight knockout competition.
In their opening game Leicester faced Tottenham Hotspurs and the game was a cagey affair. The first half saw few real chances with both teams deciding to be cautious as any mistake could see them departing before the tournament had really got started.
In the second half the game came alive and Spurs were unlucky not to go ahead after hitting the crossbar twice within a matter of seconds. Leicester had their own chances to take the lead, with the main one falling to Tommy Wright, but somehow he managed to side foot a chance over the crossbar from only 2 yards out.
With only a couple of seconds to go Spurs flashed the ball across the goal line but somehow they couldn’t force the ball into the net.
The game went to penalties and up stepped Carl Muggleton to be Leicester’s hero. Spurs managed to miss their first 3 penalties with Muggleton guessing the right way and making a save every time.
For every bad penalty Spurs took, Leicester confidently despatched there’s and Simon Grayson sent the Spurs keeper the wrong way to win the game for Leicester.
Leicester moved onto the semi final where they were to meet Rangers. The game was a tight affair and Leicester struggled to create any real chances. The same could not be said for Rangers who always looked dangerous on the counter attack.
Rangers eventually took the lead in the first half and Leicester never really showed anything to suggest they could get back into the game. The writing was on the wall when Rangers doubled their lead halfway through the second half and although Tommy Wright gave Leicester a chance by pulling one back with a couple of minutes to go. Rangers deservedly won the game and progressed to the final.
The problem Leicester seemed to have was that the players who performed well in the regional tournament failed to put in a performance. The only comfort that Leicester can take away with them is that they lost to the eventual winners, as Rangers destroyed Chelsea 8-2 in the final!
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