U23 Report: Crystal Palace 2-2 Leeds United

U23 Report: Crystal Palace 2-2 Leeds United

Honours even at Selhurst Park.

Professional Development League

Crystal Palace 2 (Dreher 52, Flanagan 84)

Leeds United 2 (Edmondson 5, Bogusz 80)


Leeds: Miazek, Gotts, Davis (Oduor 45), McCalmont, Struijk, Hosannah, Clarke (Stevens 45), Bogusz, Brown (Shackleton 45), Edmondson, Temenuzhkov.  Subs: Male, Diaz.


Leeds United ended the regular Professional Development League North season with an entertaining 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Whites took the lead inside five minutes, when a Jack Clarke cross was laid off by Kun Temenuzhkov into the path of Ryan Edmondson, who made no mistake from close range.

Four minutes later, the home side almost levelled through Jordan Ayew, but Kamil Miazek made a great stop to deny the Eagles forward from close range.

Leeds had another chance in the 19th minute, Robbie Gotts’ cross was headed back across goal by Temenuzhkov and Edmondson forced Perri into a decent stop with a header of his own.

At the other end, Levi Lumeka beat the offside trap to go through on goal, but Pascal Struijk raced back and made a great block to keep Leeds in front.

Ryan Innis fired over for the home side, before Clarke struck on goal from a narrow, but he couldn’t get the better of Perri.

Izzy Brown then played a neat one-two with Temenuzhkov to break into the Crystal Palace box, he couldn’t get his shot away, but the ball fell into the path of Clarke who could, with Perri making a fine stop to deny him.

In first half stoppage time, Gotts whipped in another cross which Temenuzhkov headed back across goal, before Clarke headed on goal, but once more Perri denied him.

Half time: Crystal Palace 0-1 Leeds United

The Whites made three changes at the break with Clarke Oduor, Jamie Shackleton and Jordan Stevens introduced for Brown, Clarke and Leif Davis.

It was the home side who had the first chance of the second half in the 50th minute.  Brandon Pierrick struck from 25 yards, forcing Miazek into a good stop.

Two minutes later Palace levelled.  Lumeka drove down the left wing before driving the ball across the face of goal and Luke Dreher was on hand to turn home.

The home side then nearly took the lead, Ayew raced through on goal, but Miazek made a superb stop to keep the scores level.

Ayew almost put Crystal Palace ahead from a free-kick.  He struck from 25 yards, with his effort going just wide of the post.

Leeds’ first opportunity of the second half came through Temenuzhkov, he fired a driving effort from range and only Perri’s brilliance prevented him from finding the bottom corner.

Bogusz then went for a spectacular effort from over 30 yards out and his attempt wasn’t far away from finding the top corner.

Crystal Palace had a great chance to go in front in the 73rd minute, Jairo Riedewald raced through on goal, rounded Miazek, before laying the ball off to Ayew, but he dragged his effort wide.

With 10 minutes remaining, Leeds regained the lead.  Temenuzhkov played Bogusz in down the left and he raced into the area, before converting with cool.

However Leeds’ lead lasted just four minutes, when Palace substitute found the net via the post, with a fine low strike from the edge of the box.

Lumeka then had a great chance to put Palace ahead, he broke through on goal, but pulled his effort wide.

The Whites now head into knock out competition, in both the Professional Development League Play-Offs and the Premier League Cup.

Full time: Crystal Palace 2-2 Leeds United