Whites win on the road.
Premier League Cup
Luton Town U21s 0
Leeds United U21s 2 (Perkins 36’, Allen 37’)
Luton: Camis (GK), Pinnington, Johnson, Piesold, Francis-Clarke, Bateson (C), Heron (Lorentzen-Jones 72’), Burger, Lynch, Phillips, Matthews-Lewis (Anderson 77’). Subs not used: Blackledge (GK), Kayibanda, Allen.
Leeds: Christy (GK) (C), Cline, Sutcliffe (Richards 54’), Coleman, Debayo, Monteiro, Wilson (Moore 59’), Chadwick (Cresswell 85’), Perkins, Allen (Snowdon 54’), Thomas. Subs not used: Baird (GK).
Referee: Lauren Impey
Booked: Matthews-Lewis (Luton) Coleman, Snowdon (Leeds)
Venue: Clarence Park
Leeds United Under-21s rounded off their Premier League Cup group stage with a 2-0 victory against Luton Town Under-21s at Clarence Park.
Goals from Sonny Perkins and Charlie Allen sealed an impressive win for Scott Gardner’s side, seeing the Whites finish second in Group D to set up a knockout clash away at AFC Bournemouth U21s.
Backed by a strong away following in St Albans, United started strongly as Sonny Perkins headed Rhys Chadwick’s dangerous delivery just over the crossbar.
The early action was frantic, with Luton immediately hitting the post down the other end as Aidan Francis-Clarke saw a looping header come within inches of giving the hosts the lead.
Leeds were pressing the home side well and forcing mistakes, with a fine diving challenge from Hatters skipper Jack Bateson denying Allen’s low drive from the edge of the area.
The end-to-end nature continued moments later, with defender Diogo Monteiro on hand to make a vital acrobatic clearance off the line after an incisive move down the Luton left.
As was becoming a regular occurrence, Gardner’s side then were back on the front foot, with Luca Thomas inches away from bundling Cuba Cline's inviting low delivery home at the front post.
The Whites deservedly went ahead on the 36-minute mark when Chadwick found Perkins inside the area. Taking the ball brilliantly into his stride, the striker evaded one challenge before firing low past Oliver Camis to put his side into the lead.
Straight from the restart, United were immediately on the front foot and were rewarded with a quick-fire second when the in-form Allen finished emphatically from the edge of the area after great build up play by winger Thomas.
HALF TIME: Luton Town U21 0-2 Leeds United U21
The hosts looked to force the issue as the match got back underway for the second half, at Clarence Park.
Christy's services were required as he got down well to parry away Jake Burger's low free kick, before Oli Lynch headed Joe Johnson's floated cross wide from inside the area.
Midway inside the second half, Lynch’s aerial ability continued to cause problems for the Whites as he rose highest at the back post to head a looping delivery back across goal. The ball fell for Joshua Phillips who looked destined to tap home, but Christy’s stunning point-blank save kept United two goals to the good!
As the game entered the final stages, Luton squandered more opportunities to get on the scoresheet with Francis-Clarke's long-range effort straight at Christy, before Burger dragged a left-footed volley wide of the far post from inside the area.
FULL TIME: Luton Town U21 0-2 Leeds United U21