U23 REPORT: BIRMINGHAM CITY 3-1 LEEDS UNITED

U23 REPORT: BIRMINGHAM CITY 3-1 LEEDS UNITED

Leeds fall to defeat after Blues fight back.

Birmingham City 3 (McFarlane 52, McDonald pen 55, 56) Leeds United 1 (Sarkic 30)

Three quick fire second half goals, saw Birmingham City come from behind to beat Leeds United at Wast Hills Training Ground.

Leeds made a bright start to the game, Oliver Sarkic put a dangerous cross into the Birmingham box inside eight minutes, which went just beyond Jack McKay.

Paudie O’Connor had an opportunity from a corner, he headed just over the bar at the back post under pressure.

Jack McKay then had a great chance to give Leeds the lead, Paul McKay charged up-field, before teeing up his brother in the box and he was only denied by a super save from Jack Weaver.

From the following set-piece, Madger Gomes was picked out on the edge of the box, he had his effort blocked, before Oriel Rey forced Weaver into action from the rebound.

United took a deserved lead on the 30 minute mark, Sarkic went through on goal and he held off the challenge of Joshua Dacres-Cogley, before providing a wonderful lobbed effort from 25 yards over Weaver.

Just before the break, Sarkic and Romario Vieira both had efforts from range, but neither were able to find the target, as Leeds had to settle for a one goal lead at the break.

Half Time: Birmingham City 0-1 Leeds United

Leeds started the second period brightly, Alex Machuca forced Weaver into a good stop from 20 yards.

Wes McDonald then went close for the home side, in Birmingham’s first real opportunity of the match, but his effort from just inside the box deflected over the crossbar.

The Blues levelled the score in the 52nd minute, Tom Anderson played through Kyle McFarlane and he slotted home past Will Huffer.

Two minutes later, Birmingham were awarded a penalty.  In an almost identical move to the equaliser, McFarlane was this time brought down by Huffer.  McDonald took the spot kick and fired into the left corner, to put Birmingham in front.

Birmingham then scored a third goal in four minutes, when McDonald weaved his way through the Leeds defence, before finding the net from a narrow angle.

Blues captain Corey O’Keeffe then broke up field, before firing from range, but he could only fire over.

Steve Seddon could have added a fourth for the home side, but his header was denied by a fine save from Huffer.

Oliver Sarkic almost pulled one back from a free-kick, but his effort was just off target, before Jack McKay blazed over from a corner, as Birmingham held on for the win.

Full Time: Birmingham City 3-1 Leeds United


Leeds United Under-23s v Birmingham City: Huffer, Hosannah (Clarke 80), Pearce, Rey, O’Connor, Paul McKay, Machuca (Shackleton 59), Vieira (Balboa 67), Jack McKay, Sarkic, Gomes.  Subs not used: Male, Siddiki.

 

Referee: B. Lamb

Venue: Wast Hills Training Ground

 

 

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