U23 REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 3-2 LEEDS UNITED

U23 REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 3-2 LEEDS UNITED

Whites suffer tight loss.

Professional Development League 

Huddersfield Town 3 (Dyson 45+1, 50, Sabiri 58) Leeds United 2 (Sarkic 45, Gomes 86)

Leeds United suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Whites went close inside ten minutes, some good build up play led to a shot in the box from Oliver Sarkic, but his effort was well blocked.

Madger Gomes then threatened, he fired an effort from 35 yards, but his low effort went just inches wide of Joel Coleman’s goal.

The home side won a penalty in the 16th minute, following a corner, Leeds were penalised for handball.  Jack Boyle stepped up to take the spot-kick, but he could only hit the post, before United cleared.

Lewis O’Brien then did well for the home side, he spun and broke into the Leeds area, before squaring looking for Boyle, but Paudie O’Connor made a superb interception.

Some more free flowing play by Leeds, led to Madger Gomes having room to shoot from a narrow angle, but he could only fire wide.

The Terriers almost took the lead from a free-kick, 25 yards from goal, Regan Booty curled an effort, but once again the home side were denied by the woodwork.

Florent Hadergjonaj then picked out O'Brien in the box and he forced Will Huffer into a really good stop.

United took the lead two minutes after Huffer’s save, Sarkic was played in at goal and he superbly controlled with his chest, before slotting the ball past Coleman.

However, Huddersfield leveled with the last kick of the first half, in stoppage time, with Oliver Dyson scoring from close range following Romoney Crichlow-Noble's cross, as the two sides went in level at the break.

Half Time: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leeds United

The Terriers made two changes at at the break, with first team players Florent Hadergjonaj and Colin Quaner were replaced by Abdelhamid Sabiri and Jordan Thomas.

Five minutes into the second half Huddersfield took the lead, Boyle played in Dyson and he grabbed his second goal of the game.

The home side went further ahead in the 58th minute, substitute Sabiri found the back of the net with a wonder strike from 35 yards, which found the top right corner.

A minute after Town’s third goal, Jack Clarke beat the offside trap and went through on goal with Coleman, but he put his effort wide.

In final ten minutes, Gomes almost pulled one back, he fired an effort from range forcing Coleman into a decent stop.

Gomes did get the better of Coleman in the 86th minute, he was played into the penalty area and his low angled shot found the bottom left corner to give Leeds hope.

In stoppage time Leeds had a great chance to level, Jamie Shackleton did really well to prevent the ball from going for a goal-kick and with Coleman out of position, Jack McKay teed up Eoghan Stokes just inside the penalty area, but he blazed his effort over the bar, as the Terriers held on for victory.

Full Time: Huddersfield Town 3-2 Leeds United

 

Leeds United Under-23s team v Huddersfield Town: Huffer, Hosannah, Kitching, P. McKay, O’Connor, Rey (Vieira 64), Clarke (Machuca 77), Shackleton, Sarkic (J. McKay 60), Stokes, Gomes.

Booked: Rey

Referee: D. Underwood

Venue: John Smith’s Stadium

 

 

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