Leeds United’s under-23s side progressed to the quarter finals of the Premier League Cup with a hard-fought win over their Fulham counterparts at Nethermoor Park on Thursday night, and Whites fans were quick to react.
The Yorkshire oufit were reduced to ten men, and despite having taken a first half lead, had to fight back from 2-1 down to take the game to extra time with the score tied at 2-2 at the end of the 90 minutes. Leeds prevailed 6-5 on penalties after a tense shootout went to sudden-death.
As well as a number of the Whites’ youngsters getting some valuable experience and a chance to shine in front of Marcelo Bielsa, a few first team stars got some much-needed minutes too. Gaetano Berardi played the full 120 minutes, whilst Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton both played the second half and extra time.
Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown also impressed, and scored Leeds’ crucial equaliser, which could earn him some greater involvement at Elland Road in the coming weeks and months.
After the match, plenty of Leeds fans took to Twitter to congratulate the youngsters and celebrate their progress…
This is just amazing. Having a solid base of youth, Fotherby and Wilko would bery much approve
— Nick El Bielsista (@NickoSlick_LUFC) 14 March 2019
Just brilliant, well done lads #MOT xx
— SUSAN SMITH 1 (@SmithLeedsUtd) 14 March 2019
Well done to all great result
— John McNamara (@jkmcnamara) 14 March 2019
Great win tonight Marching on together we are Leeds Leeds??
— borisirishwhite (@leinsterwhite) 14 March 2019
Well done lads #mot
— Gary Murdock (@GaryMurdock1) 14 March 2019
Never in doubt MOT
— TotalLeeds.co (@Totallufc) 14 March 2019
Superb yet again pal, Mr consistent game after game.
Even down to 10 men and going from 1-0 up to 2-1 down they couldn’t break the spirit.
Special group of players
See you at ER soon
— Bielsa’s cheese wedge ultras (@ColinCarmichae2) 15 March 2019