U23 Report: Leeds United 6-0 Watford

U23 Report: Leeds United 6-0 Watford

Whites hit Hornets for six.

Professional Development League North

Leeds United 6 (Struijk 11, Nketiah pen 26, 44, Roberts pen 47, Gotts, 52, Ayling 73)

Watford 0

Leeds: Meslier, Douglas (Davis 45), Struijk, Casey, Berardi (Ayling 45), Jenkins, Gotts, Bogusz, McKinstry, Clarke, Nketiah (Roberts 45).  Subs: Miazek, McCarron.


Leeds United’s Under-23s recorded the biggest win of the season so far, with a 6-0 victory over Watford at Elland Road.

Leeds went close from a corner inside five minutes, Barry Douglas delivered from the right and his set-piece was met by the head of Oliver Casey, who saw his header deflect just over.

If the warning wasn’t enough, Leeds took the lead in the 11th minute.  Douglas whipped in another corner from the right and Pascal Struijk was on hand to head home his second goal of the season.

Joseph Hungbo had Watford’s first chance in four minutes later, firing wide from the edge of the box, whilst Casey again went close with a header, this time from a Jack Clarke free-kick.

Stuart McKinstry showed great composure to control a long ball forward, before playing Robbie Gotts into the box and only a fine save Adam Parkes prevented Leeds from doubling the lead.

Leeds were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute when McKinstry was felled in the Watford box and Eddie Nketiah, fresh from scoring against Barnsley on Sunday fired home the penalty into the bottom right corner.

Gotts almost made it three following a pass by Douglas and dummy by Nketiah, but once more he was denied by Parkes.

Struijk should have netted his second in the 30th minute, a Barry Douglas free-kick fell into his path, but he could only fire over from close range when well placed.

Clarke saw an effort well saved, before Leeds went further ahead.  Following a short corner, Gotts delivered a lovely cross which Nketiah volleyed home.

Half time: Leeds United 3-0 Watford

Leeds made three changes at the break, with Leif Davis and Tyler Roberts introduced, along with Luke Ayling making his return from injury.

Less than a minute in the second half Leeds were awarded a second penalty, when McKinstry was again fouled in the Watford box and this time Roberts made no mistake from the spot, extending the advantage to four goals.

The Whites came close to a fifth from a corner, the ball was played short to Gotts who whipped in a cross, which just evaded Casey.

Leeds did get a fifth in the 52nd minute, though, Ayling broke down the right before cutting the ball back to Gotts to slot home.

McKinstry came close to extending the Whites lead further when he did well to work room for a shot in the Watford box, forcing Parkes into a decent stop.

Gotts and Mateusz Bogusz then combined well to send Roberts into the Watford area, but he could only find the side netting with his finish.

Leeds made it six with 17 minutes remaining, Bogusz saw an effort denied from the edge of the box by Parkes, but there was no stopping Ayling from slotting home the rebound.

Roberts nearly added number seven when he latched onto a McKinstry charge down, but he fired a half volley just wide.

Late on, Davis put in a lovely ball from the right, which was met by Roberts, but he couldn’t find the target with his finish.

Full time: Leeds United 6-0 Watford