Whites earn hard fought point.
Professional Development League
Sheffield United 1 (Wright 79) Leeds United 1 (Dalby 17)
Sam Dalby’s first half goal, ensured Leeds came away with a point on the road in the Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United.
The Whites, who came into the match on the back of a 5-1 home win against Nottingham Forest made a bright start to the match and should have had an early lead. Sam Dalby did well down the left and played a great ball across the face of goal, but Alex Machuca could only fire over from inside the six yard box.
The home came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute, Jordan Hallam latched onto a through ball, but he could only drag his effort wide of Will Huffer’s goal.
Three minutes later, Leeds took the lead, Bryce Hosannah did superbly down the right and his low cross left Dalby with a tap in.
Leeds had Huffer to thank for keeping the Whites ahead when Tyler Smith broke through on goal, the shot stopper made a fine save to deny the Blades forward.
The home side should have levelled ten minutes from the break, Hallam broke down the left side, before playing the ball across goal to Smith, who had an open goal, but he put the chance wide.
Callum Semple had a chance at a corner, but could only head straight at Huffer, before Paudie O’Connor made a fine goal-line clearance to deny Jordan Doherty’s effort on the stroke of half time.
Half Time: Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds United
Early into the second half the home side nearly equalised, Smith hit the crossbar following a cross from Kieron Freeman, but it wouldn’t have counted, with Smith penalised for a push.
The Blades should have gone level in the 55th minute, Hallam went through on goal and looked certain to score, but hit the post, before the ball fell to Smith who hit the other post from the rebound, however the latter’s effort wouldn’t have counted due to being offside.
At the other end, Oriol Rey played the ball across goal and Machuca at full stretch, could only guide his effort over the bar from a narrow angle.
Jake Wright was next to go close for the home side, he broke into the Leeds box, but a combination of Huffer and Hugo Diaz, saw his effort deflect wide for a corner.
Huffer again came to the rescue for Leeds just after the hour mark, Smith broke into the box from the right, but he couldn’t get the better of the Whites goalkeeper.
Leeds were the reduced to ten men, Bryce Hosannah wen through on goal, before going down under a challenge from Blades stopper Hugo Warhurst, but was shown a second yellow card for simulation.
The home side took full advantage of the extra man, with 11 minutes remaining Wright converted a Sam Graham cross, to level the scores.
Sheffield United thought they had won it late on, Doherty struck from the edge of the box and his effort hit the crossbar, Smith followed it up and scored, but the offside flag ruled out the goal.
Leeds then defended resolutely for through six minutes of added time, to come away with a point.
Full Time: Sheffield United 1-1 Leeds United
Leeds: Huffer, Hosannah, Struijk, O’Connor, Diaz, Vieira, Rey, Gomes (Balboa 87), Dalby, Machuca (Nicell 78), Pearce (Oduor 82).
Venue: Stocksbridge Park Steels