10 man Whites progress after penalty shootout victory.
Premier League Cup
Leeds United 2 (Edmondson 43, Brown 78)
Fulham 2 (O’Riley pen 53, Santos-Clase 60)
Leeds win 5-4 on penalties
Leeds: Male, Hosannah, Douglas (Clarke 45), Diaz (Shackleton 45), Struijk, Berardi, Stevens, Gotts, Edmondson (Rae 50), Bogusz, Brown. Subs not used: Temenuzhkov, Davis.
10 men Leeds United defeated Fulham 6-5 on penalties at Nethermoor Park, to progress to the next round of the Premier League Cup.
After a cagey opening, Leeds had the first real chance of the game in the 10th minute, Izzy Brown played Robbie Gotts into the Fulham box and he teed up Ryan Edmondson who had his shot well blocked.
Nine minutes later Fulham weren’t far away from breaking the deadlock, Jayden Harris hit a curling effort just wide from the edge of the box.
Harris then played Mattias Kait into the Leeds area, but Gaetano Berardi was on hand to make a great block.
Mateusz Bogusz then stole possession in the Fulham half, before playing the ball to Edmondson in the box, but he couldn’t get the pass under control.
Jordan Stevens then put a decent cross into the Fulham box, but Edmondson didn’t trouble Fulham goalkeeper George Wickens with a volley.
Edmondson then did well to control a long pass, laying the ball off to Bogusz to strike from 25 yards, but he couldn’t keep his effort down.
Leeds won a penalty in the 43rd minute, Brown sent Barry Douglas into the box with a neat pass and he was felled by Harris. Edmondson stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards, smashing the ball into the back of the net.
Half time: Leeds United 1-0 Fulham
Leeds were dealt a big blow at the start of the second half when Harrison Male lost possession to Harris and then brought the Fulham attacker down, who was set to score into an empty net. The Leeds goalkeeper was subsequently sent off and the visitors were awarded a penalty. Matthew O’Riley made no mistake from the spot, finding the bottom right corner, despite the best efforts of substitute Josh Rae going the right way.
Fulham took the lead on the hour mark, Kait did really well down the right wing and his cross just evaded O’Riley, before the ball came out to Nicolas Santos Clase, who found the bottom corner.
The Cottagers were making the extra man count and nearly added a third in the 67th minute, Kait went in on goal, but couldn’t get the better of Rae who made a good stop.
Rae kept Leeds in it making another stop following a cross from Steven Sessegnon, O’Riley headed at goal at the back post but couldn’t beat the Whites stopper.
Sessegnon again caused Leeds problems, putting in another fine ball, which was met by an O’Riley volley, but his effort went just over.
With 12 minutes remaining though, Leeds got back into the match, Bryce Hosannah put a low ball into the box from the right and Izzy Brown was on hand to convert from close range , to set up a grandstand finish.
In stoppage time Leeds had the chance to seal a passage to the next round when Bogusz drove up the pitch, before feeding Jack Clarke, but he couldn’t keep his strike down, before at the other end, O’Riley went through on goal only to be denied by a brilliant save from Rae, taking the game to extra time.
End of 90 minutes: Leeds United 2-2 Fulham
There was just one opportunity in the first period of extra time, Pascal Struijk who has been among the goals recently got on the end of a Clarke corner, but he couldn’t keep his effort down.
Extra time half time: Leeds United 2-2 Fulham
Leeds started the next period brightly, with Robbie Gotts not far away from finding the top corner with a curling strike from just inside the Fulham box on the left side.
Fulham then threatened, when two substitutes combined, Timmy Abraham chested down the ball for Sonny Hilton to strike, with his attempt just inches away from finding the back of the net.
Hilton then went through on goal for the visitors, but once more, Rae refused to be beaten again, making another really good stop.
With three minutes remaining a Leeds corner fell to the feet of Stuijk, but he saw his effort superbly blocked, as the game went to penalties.
End of extra time: Leeds United 2-2 Fulham
Izzy Brown scored 1-0
Steven Sessegnon missed (saved) 1-0
Mateusz Bogusz scored 2-0
Ryan De Havilland scored 2-1
Pascal Stuijk scored 3-1
Sonny Hilton scored 3-2
Jordan Stevens missed 3-2 (saved)
Matthew O’Riley scored 3-3
Jack Clarke scored 4-3
Jerome Opoku scored 4-4
Gaetano Berardi scored 5-4
Nicolas Santos-Clase missed 5-4
Full time: Leeds United win 6-5 on penalties