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Match Preview: Leicester City U21s

7 January 2020

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers return to action on Tuesday night when they host Leicester City U21s in the Trophy Northern Section third-round, kick-off 7:45pm.

Buoyed by coming back from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie at Premier League club Watford, attention now turns to a fixture with the Foxes U21s.

A win for Micky Mellon’s men will see them progress to the quarter-finals of the Trophy.

Team News

Liam Ridehalgh and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy remain doubts after festive injuries.

Scott Davies, Mark Ellis, Ollie Banks and Evan Gumbs are all sidelined.

New signing Alex Woodyard is cup-tied having already represented Peterborough in the competition.

One to watch

Forward Admiral Muskwe has impressed for Leicester’s youngsters in the EFL Trophy so far this season.

The 21-year-old signed his first professional contract at the Foxes in June 2016, and he has since impressed in the Club’s development sides.

Muskwe has played in every game of Leicester U21s Trophy journey, scoring twice.

He is also a full Zimbabwe international having previously represented England U17s at youth level.


The following stands are open: Bebington End Main Stand, Bebington Paddock, Town End Main Stand, Town Paddock, Cowshed Stand (away supporters).

Come on down and back the lads, with tickets just £5 for adults and £1 for U18s.

 Adults - £5

Senior (65+) - £5

Young Persons (18-22) - £5

Disabled - £5

U18s - £1

U12s - £1

 Carers – Free

To purchase tickets for upcoming games, please CLICK HERE.

Match officials

Referee: Martin Coy

Assistant referees: Gareth Mellor and David Plowright
Fourth Official : Matthew Bristow

Match Coverage

If you can’t make it to Prenton Park on Tuesday, the SWA can watch the game streamed lived on iFollow if they sign-up for just £10!

TRFC Radio’s commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will provide uninterrupted coverage of our cup tie against Leicester City U21s.

iFollow is the official streaming service of Tranmere Rovers Football Club, allowing the SWA to see live streaming of matches, audio match commentary and behind the scenes content while you can get closer to the Club by watching on any device and in any location around the globe.

Seventy per-cent of revenues from iFollow will go back into Tranmere Rovers Football Club. Exciting content will be coming to iFollow Tranmere throughout the 2019/20 term.

Alternatively, the SWA can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @TranmereRovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

Did you know?

Rovers will face their third Premier League U21 team in the competition this season when Leicester visit. 

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Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Leicester City U21s

7 January 2020

Tranmere Rovers were knockout of the Trophy after they were defeated 2-1 by Leicester City U21s at Prenton Park on Tuesday night.

Stefan Payne opened the scoring for Micky Mellon’s men, diverting Harvey Gilmour’s strike over the line.

George Hirst drew Leicester’s youngsters’ level with a well-taken finish on 52 minutes.

Admiral Muskwe scored what proved to be the winner for the Foxes with 16 minutes to go.

Payne captained the side as Luke McCullough made his first start since re-signing for the Club while there was a debut for 18-year-old Kyle Hayde.

George Nugent was also given his first-team debut by boss Mellon, starting in a midfield role.

Early on in the contest, the visitors went close though Hirst’s header was comfortably claimed by Luke Pilling.

Muskwe then broke at speed down the right into the Rovers penalty area, but his effort was thwarted by a combination of Carl Spellman and Pilling.

Sid Nelson was forced off injured after 16 minutes and he was replaced by another debutant, Jake Burton.

Burton almost made an immediate impact when play dropped to him in the box, but his shot struck team-mate Paul Mullin on its route to goal.

Danny Walker-Rice sent a floated pass up to Mullin, which was headed to safety by his marker.

Tranmere grew into the tie, and Payne forced goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic to tip the ball over his crossbar following a powerful effort from 18-yards.

And TRFC led on the half-hour mark after Gilmour’s drive following a corner was turned into the bottom right-corner past Jakupovic by Payne from close-range.

Hirst then looped a header from Khanya Leshabela’s deep cross from the right, which dropped just wide of Pilling’s upright.

Pilling was called into action late in the half, diving down low to his left to keep out Mitch Clark’s deflected volley.

After the restart, McCullough unleased a powerful effort from distance which was charged down and cleared.

Steve Beaglehole’s Leicester equalised seven minutes into the half, powering left-footed from the left side of the area that beat Pilling at his near post.

Mellon made his second change of the fixture just past the hour, with McCullough being replaced by Joe Blackham.

Nugent was there to throw himself in the way of George Thomas’ goal-bound strike, before Leicester had a goal disallowed for offside.

Leicester led with 74 minutes played as Muskwe profited from a lucky bounce 10-yards out to slam past Pilling into the top corner.

Lewis Sinnott was another young Rovers player to make his first-team bow, coming on for Nugent in the closing stages.

George Ray was unfortunate not to level for Rovers. The centre-back climbed above his marker to head over the crossbar from Walker-Rice’s corner.

Despite their best efforts, Rovers bowed out of the competition at the third-round stage.

Attention now turns to a Sky Bet League One clash away at Southend United on Saturday afternoon.

TRFC: Pilling, Nelson, (Burton 15) Ray, Hayde, Spellman, Walker-Rice, McCullough, (Blackham 62) Nugent, (Sinnott 82)  Gilmour, Mullin, Payne ©

Subs not used: Passant, Musuamba, Thompson, Gouldbourne

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Ticket News

Football for a fiver this Tuesday!

6 January 2020

Tranmere Rovers will host Leicester City U21s on Tuesday 7th January 2020 at Prenton Park in the Trophy third-round, kick-off 7:45pm.

Rovers reached the third round after beating Manchester United U21s 3-2 in the last round and have been rewarded with another draw against a Premier League U21s team.

The following stands are open: Bebington End Main Stand, Bebington Paddock, Town End Main Stand, Town Paddock, Cowshed Stand (away supporters).

Come on down and back the lads, with tickets just £5 for adults and £1 for U18s.

And with a date for the cup tie now announced, ticket details for the SWA are as follows:

Adults - £5

Senior (65+) - £5

Young Persons (18-22) - £5

Disabled - £5

U18s - £1

U12s - £1

Carers – Free

To purchase tickets for upcoming games, please CLICK HERE.

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