U23 Report: Leeds United 0-0 Bristol City

U23 Report: Leeds United 0-0 Bristol City

Whites and Robins play out draw at Elland Road.

Professional Development League North

Leeds United 0

Bristol City 0

Leeds: Meslier, Douglas, Davis (Struijk 23), Berardi, Gotts, McCalmont, Bogusz, Shackleton, Costa, Clarke (Huggins 86), Edmondson.  Subs not used: Miazek, Jenkins, Temenuzhkov. 

Bristol: Maenpaa, Watkins (Buse 45), Rees, Williams, Harrison, Baldwin, Bakinson, Walsh, Semanyo, Diedhiou, Towler.  Subs not used: Day, Taylor, Britton.


Leeds United and Bristol City’s Under-23s played out a goal-less draw at Elland Road, with both teams fielding strong sides, containing first team regulars.

The visitors started brightly, Famara Diedhiou forced Illan Meslier into a decent stop from the edge of the box, before Liam Walsh fired a half volley wide.

Leeds’ first chance came from a corner when Leif Davis saw an effort blocked, whilst at the other end, Meslier had to be at full alert intercepting Antoine Semanyo’s ball across the face of goal with Ricardo Rees ready to pounce.

Semanyo then saw a deflected strike from the edge of the box deflect just wide off Robbie Gotts and from the resulting corner, the Bristol striker saw a header denied on the line by Ryan Edmondson.

Leeds were then dealt an injury blow as defender Leif Davis had to be withdrawn in the 23rd minute, he was replaced by Pascal Struijk.

Bristol continued to threaten and Diedhiou again went close when he did well to break into the Leeds box, forcing Meslier into another really good stop.

Walsh saw an effort deflect inches over from 25 yards, before Semanyo hit an attempt just wide from Range.

Leeds almost went in front in the 37th minute, Helder Costa drove forwards and played Jack Clarke into the Bristol box and only a superb save from Niki Maenpaa denied him.

From the resulting corner, the ball fell to Clarke on the edge of the box, his low effort was turned in by Struijk, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

City created another good chance when Semanyo played the ball across the face of goal and Diedhiou couldn’t turn in from close range, whilst Leeds then hit the post when Robbie Gotts played Mateusz Bogusz into the box, with his attempt cannoning out off the post.

Half time: Leeds United 0-0 Bristol City

Leeds almost made the perfect start to the second half, Douglas whipped a dangerous ball into the box from the left and Tom Harrison nearly turned into his own net, but Maenpaa made a fine stop to keep the scores level.

Clarke tried his luck from the edge of the box 10 minutes into the second period, whit Maenpaa making a good stop to prevent Leeds from taking the lead.

Edmondson was next to go close for Leeds at a corner, he saw a header bounce wide, when well placed.

Bogusz was just inches away from putting Leeds ahead when he hit a wonderful shot on the turn from just over 20 yards, his strike had Maenpaa beaten, but it bounced back off the crossbar.

Clarke then teed up Bogusz to strike from the edge of the Bristol box, but once more, Maenpaa would not be beaten, tipping his effort over.

Gotts played Edmondson into the Bristol box with a lovely through ball with five minutes remaining, but once again, Leeds couldn’t get a breakthrough and had to settle for a point.

Full time: Leeds United 0-0 Bristol City