U23S FALL TO NARROW DEFEAT IN YORKSHIRE DERBY

U23S FALL TO NARROW DEFEAT IN YORKSHIRE DERBY

Alex Hunt's late goal gives the Owls a 1-0 win

Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Hunt 77)

Leeds United 0

   

Leeds: Miazek, Hosannah, Oduor, Diaz, Struijk, Halme (Nicell 45), Kamwa, Gotts (Kumwenda 85), Temenuzhkov, McCalmont, Brown (Edmondson 45) Subs Not Used: Rae, Casey

   

Venue: Middlewood Training Ground

   

Leeds United's U23s fell to a 1-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday today, as Alex Hunt struck in the 77th minute to give the Whites their first defeat in five games.

In a game with few chances throughout, Carlos Corberan's side started the brightest as Bryce Hosannah and Kun Temenuzhkov linked up well to cause the Owls problems down the left wing.

Izzy Brown almost gave Leeds the lead after 11 minutes, when he found himself on the end of a Robbie Gotts cross, but Joe Wildsmith pulled off a fine save to deny the forward.

With the U23s enjoying the majority of possession early on, Bryce Hosannah forced the Sheffield Wednesday defence into action, as they forced his effort out for a corner.

The resulting corner saw Hugo Diaz cannon a shot in from the edge of the box, but he could only watch as it was agonisingly blocked on the line.

As the half continued, Leeds saw a number of attempts from Kamwa, Oduor, and Brown, but unable to convert any of them before the break.

HALF TIME: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Leeds United

As expected Izzy Brown and Aapo Halme were replaced at the break, with Ryan Edmondson and Callum Nicell coming on in their place.

Leeds again started the half the better of the two sides, with Alfie McCalmont linking up well with Nicell in the centre of midfield, with the former forcing Sam Winnall into a crunching challenge that saw the Owls forward receive a yellow card.

Leeds almost took the lead in the 50th minute, when Bryce Hosannah launched a ball upto Ryan Edmondson who used his strength to hold off the Wednesday defence, before putting a nice through ball to Temenuzhov. The Bulgarian international tested Wildsmith from close range, but again the Whites just couldn't hit the back of the net.

As the game past the hour mark, and with still few chances from either side, Sheffield Wednesday looked to change the momentum when they replaced Sam Winnall for Omar Damba.

The substitution had the desired effect, as the Owls hit Leeds on the counter from a corner, as Damba raced towards the Leeds goal. With only Alfie McCalmont left to defend, Damba squared it to Alex Hunt who only had to tap it in on the 77th minute.

Looking to defend their lead, the Owls sat deep in their own half, inviting wave after wave of attacks from Leeds, which came to no avail.

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