U23 Report: Crystal Palace 0-0 Leeds United

U23 Report: Crystal Palace 0-0 Leeds United

Match report from Selhurst Park

Professional Development League North

Crystal Palace 0

Leeds United 0

Leeds: Meslier, Burlace, Davis, Casey, Strujik, Cresswell, McKinstry (Stanley, 89), Jenkins, Haugland, Hudson (Kumwenda, 80), McCarron, (Roberts, 45).

Subs not used: Miazek, Chikukwa

Illan Meslier was the hero as Leeds United held Crystal palace to a goal-less draw at Selhurst Park and continued their unbeaten start to the season.

After a quiet first five minutes the first chance fell to Crystal Palace as Gio McGregor had a shot from just outside the area, but his effort was just off target.

Leeds then worked themselves into the game as Theo Hudson won the Whites a free kick and Olly Casey almost got on the scoresheet with a header, but Stephen Henderson tipped the header over the bar.

With 15 minutes gone, winger Liam McCarron got to the byline and smartly teed up Niklas Haugland who almost opened the scoring, but dragged his shot into the side netting.

Crystal Palace’s number nine, Brandon Pierrick then had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock, but he completely mistimed his header from close range.

With 30 minutes gone, Jason Lokilo powerfully hit a shot towards goal from distance, but Illan Meslier got down to it and tipped it round the post.

Meslier was busy again seconds later as McGregor forced Meslier into another fantastic save.

Leeds looked dangerous once again as Theo Hudson latched onto a defensive mistake but his strike was blocked well.

Just before half time, Jason Lokilo was brought down on the edge of the box, by Leeds captain Pascal Strujik who received a yellow card for his foul. Lokilo took the resulting free kick and his effort flew just past the post.

Theo Hudson had the last chance of the half as Jack Jenkins laid the ball off to him on the edge of the box, but the winger's effort sailed over.

Half time: Crystal Palace 0-0 Leeds United

Tyler Roberts replaced McCarron at the break as he made his comeback from injury.

Leeds had the first chance of the half as Leif Davis whipped in a cross for Haugland but he couldn’t quite connect with the cross properly and Henderson collected.

Five minutes into the second half Leeds had another chance as McKinstry got to the byline and crossed for Roberts but he couldn’t direct his shot on target.

Leeds applied more pressure early in the second half with Pascal Strujik nearly opening the scoring from a Stuart McKinstry corner.

Leeds defender Charlie Cresswell then brought down Brandon Pierrick in the area and the referee awarded a penalty. Illan Meslier saved Nya Kirby’s penalty magnificently and the scores stayed level.

Roberts then almost got his comeback goal following the penalty save as Leeds counter attacked quickly, but the Welshman's shot was just off target.

Roberts was involved once again as he fed Hudson in but his 25 yard strike whistled just past the post

With 20 minutes to go, Davis fired another ball into the box from the left and Haugland almost got the opener but Palace made a terrific last ditch tackle.

Leeds kept pressing to break the deadlock and nearly broke it, when Dane Burlace overhit his cross but McKinstry collected it on the edge of the box and cut inside but his shot was saved easily by Henderson.

With seconds remaining, Meslier made another superb save to deny Kirby at full stretch and the game ended 0-0 with Leeds earning a well earned point.

Full Time: Crystal Palace 0-0 Leeds United