Five star Whites sink Forest.

Professional Development League

Leeds United 5 (Sarkic 4, Rey 12, Balboa 32, O'Connor 45, Pearce 65) Nottingham Forest 1 (Gomis 20)

Leeds United Under-23s recorded their biggest win of the season, with a five goal demolition of Nottingham Forest at Thorp Arch.

Carlos Corberan's side made the perfect start when Oliver Sarkic poked home from close range, following Tom Pearce's free-kick.

That lead was doubled inside 12 minutes, when a Pearce corner fell to Oriol Rey at the back post and he fired home.

Leeds could have gone three up, from another Pearce corner, Callum Nicell had a free header, but he couldn't find the target.

The visitors pulled a goal back, when Virgil Gomis latched onto a through ball, before going past Bailey Peacock-Farrell and slotting the ball into the net.

United were then dealt a blow when Sarkic had to be replaced after picking up an injury, but it took his replacement Adrian Balboa less than six minutes to get onto the score-sheet.  Jack Clarke made a super weaving run from the right into the penalty area, before putting it on a plate for the Leeds substitute to find the net, as the Whites restored their two goal cushion.

Pearce almost added a fourth from a free-kick on the right wing, his effort headed goal-wards, but went just over the bar, landing on top of the net.

Pearce then made a great run into the penalty area from the left side, he played a fine ball across the face of goal, but no Leeds player could get the vital touch to extend United's lead.

Oriol Rey almost netted his second of the match from another Pearce corner, the ball again fell to him at the back post and he hooked an effort at goal, which was headed off the line by Joe Coveney.

From the resulting corner which followed, Leeds did make it four, Pearce delivered and Rey's volley was well saved by Tim Erlandsson, but he couldn't keep out Paudie O'Connors header from the rebound.

It could have been five before the break when Pearce broke into the box, but he was denied by an Erlandsson save from a narrow angle, as the Whites went in at half time, in complete control.

Half Time: Leeds United 4-1 Nottingham Forest

After the break Leeds continued where they left off, a Pearce free-kick from the right flank was well delivered, but defender Pascal Struijk could only head over.

Pearce then did really well to break into the Forest area once again, but this time he was unable to keep his effort down.

In the 65th minute, Leeds went further in front, Pearce, who caused Forest problems all afternoon again broke into the box and this time found the net with a fine strike.

Jay-Roy Grot almost added a sixth from another Pearce corner, Erlandsson could only spill his delivery and Grot headed at goal, but his effort was cleared off the line.

Alex Machuca then tried his luck from range in stoppage time, with a low effort, but his attempt was well saved by Erlandsson.

The 5-1 win is the biggest victory this season and the Whites have now won four of their last five home games.

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Diaz, Struijk (Vieira 74), O'Connor, Pearce, Rey, Clarke, Nicell, Sarkic (Balboa 26), Machuca, Grot (Dalby 78). Subs not used: Male, Oduor

Venue: Thorp Arch