U23s Report: Leeds United 4 The Tigers 3
Will Keane and Greg Luer were both on the scoresheet for the second game running but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Tigers' Under-23s from going down to a 4-3 defeat against Leeds United at Thorp Arch on Thursday afternoon.
Keane, who was continuing his return from long-term injury with a second run-out in less than 72 hours, found the net for the second time in as many games to draw his side level at 1-1 as he completed 45 minutes of football to add to the 30 he enjoyed on Monday night.
Luer then found the net twice in the second half, taking his tally to five in a week following his hat-trick on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a defeat for Jon Beale’s side.
Beale made five changes to the starting line up with James Yates, Billy Chadwick, Lewis Ritson, Luer and Keane Lewis-Potter replacing Josh Clackstone, Dan Batty, Robbie McKenzie, Tyler Hamilton and Ben Hinchliffe.
Leeds could have taken an early lead but Callum Burton made a good save to push Eoghan Stokes header over the bar.
However, the hosts did take the lead in the 11th minute when Stokes was able to run at the City defence and fire a right foot shot past Burton.
Keane could have levelled for the Tigers when he superbly controlled Yates’ pass but Leeds keeper Kamil Miazek was quickly out to block his effort.
Ritson’s pass then sent Brandon Fleming away down the left and his low cross was met at the near post by Lewis-Potter, but again Miazek made an important block.
But the Leeds keeper then cost the home side dear by holding onto the ball for too long. The referee booked Miazek and awarded City an indirect free kick just inside the penalty area. Greg Olley tapped the ball to Keane who drove a right foot shot low into the net with the aid of a slight deflection to draw the Tigers level in the 38th minute.
Within a couple of minutes, the Tigers had another free kick which was taken quickly creating a chance for Luer whose shot was blocked by Miazek. The hosts then had an opportunity to restore their lead on the stroke of half time, but Mallik Wilks’ shot was deflected just wide.
Keane was withdrawn during the interval along with Lewis-Potter to be replaced by Liam Edwards and Hinchliffe.
The Tigers had a good chance within seconds of the restart when Luer knocked the ball down for Olley, but the midfielder could only fire wide when well-palced.
Leeds regained the lead five minutes into the second half when Yates brought down Wilks in the area and Oliver Sarkic sent Burton the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick.
It got worse for the Tigers just six minutes later when Wilks’ cross from the left was laid off for Romario Vieira to strike a powerful into the net via the inside of the post.
The Tigers handed a lifeline when Luer was brought down by Miazek inside the box, with the Leeds keeper shown a second yellow card by the referee. Luer drove his penalty down the middle as substitute keeper Harrison Male dived away to his left to make it 3-2 with 23 minutes still to play.
However, the goals continued to come and Leeds restored their two-goal lead on 73 minutes. Liam Kitching was left unmarked at a free-kick to glance a header past Burton.
The Tigers reduced the deficit once again four minutes into stoppage time when Olley and Chadwick combined to allow Luer to sweep a low shot into the net. However, the Tigers were unable to find an equaliser in the minute that remained.
Leeds United: Kamil Miazek, Bryce Hosanna, Tom Pearce, Hugo Diaz, Paudie O’Connor, Liam Kitching, Oriol Rey, Romario Vieira, Mallik Wilks (Adrian Balboa 89), Oliver Sarkic (Harrison Male 67), Eoghan Stokes (Alex Machuca 61).
Subs Not Used: Jack Clarke, Clarke Oduor.
Hull City: Callum Burton, James Yates, Brandon Fleming, Billy Chadwick, Lewis Ritson, Adam Curry, Will Annan (Ellis Barkworth 60), Greg Olley, Will Keane (Liam Edwards 46), Greg Luer, Keane Lewis-Potter (Ben Hinchliffe 46).
Subs Not Used: Jonathan Saltmer, Tom Powell.