U21 Report: Derby County 2-5 Leeds United

U21 Report: Derby County 2-5 Leeds United

Premier League 2 Division 2

County Derby 2 (Aghatise 53′, 55′)

Leeds United 5 (Joseph 12′, 24, 28′ pen, 69′, Perkins 61′)

derby: Evans (GK), Brailsford (Bates 84′), Kelly-Caprani (Hawkins 84′), Robinson, Rooney (C), Grewal-Pollard, Lo-Everton (Torraj 79′), Ibrahim, Nunn, Aghatise, Mema ( Richards 64′). Unused subs: Barnes.

Leeds: Ombang (GK), Moore, Carole, Mullen, Debayo, Jenkins (Coleman 68′), Perkins (Miller 79′), Gyabi (Allen 61′), Joseph, Gray (McGurk 61′), James. Unused subs: Brook.

place: Pride Park

assistance: 831

referee: E. Swallow

reserved: Debayo (Leeds) Brailsford (Derby)

Michael Skubala oversaw his first game in charge of Leeds United Under-21s on Friday evening, away to Derby County Under-21s in the Premier League 2 Division 2.

The new U21 manager will have been pleased with what he saw from his side, who ran out comfortable winners despite a second-half fightback from the hosts.

Mateo Joseph showed a lethal touch in front of goal to score four times, including a hat-trick in the 28th minute of the first half, with Sonny Perkins also finding the back of the net on his first game for the club.

Summer arrivals Darko Gyabi and Perkins started the game, with Dan James taking the captain’s armband for the night as the winger is suspended for one more game at first-team level.

The start of the season has been played at Pride Park, with both teams looking to make a winning start to their campaign under the East Midlands lights and early on it was the Whites who established the lead.

Leeds did most of the early attacking but almost fell behind when George Nunn saw an opportunity to try and pull Darryl Ombang over from 45 yards or so. Fortunately for the away side, his effort was deflected wide for a goal kick.

From then on it was all Leeds and they took the lead in the 11th minute. Clever play by Jack Jenkins, Gyabi and James created an opening for Joseph who controlled superbly and finished into the bottom corner for open the scoring for him and his team!

Perkins was fired up and after some neater link-up play, he cut inside with his left foot and forced Harry Evans into a fine save between the posts for the home side.

One became two half-half, and it was Joseph again. An inside corner allowed Jeremiah Mullen to create a chance for himself, but his left-footed effort was saved, allowing Joseph to tap home the rebound for the second.

Just four minutes after the second goal for Skubala’s rampant side, they then made it three. Archie Gray was fooled in the box before being tackled and winning a penalty. Only one player was going to take it, and Joseph stepped up to complete an impressive hat-trick.

There was another chance at either end before the break when Nunn again came close to finding the net for Derby but saw his header go wide, while Joseph almost grabbed his fourth but he shot just over the crossbar.

An excellent opening 45 minutes of the season ended with Leeds three goals ahead at Pride Park.

MIDDLE: Derby County 0-3 Leeds United

Although Leeds got on the front foot at the start of the second half and created early chances, it would be the home side who found their way back into the game.

Ola Ibrahim created his side’s first of the night by going down the flank and crossing into the box, where Osazee Aghatise managed to slide the ball home to put his side two up.

Just two minutes later and in a similar period to what Leeds had managed to produce in the first half, Derby found another. This time it was a direct free-kick as Aghatise found the net again, firing low into the corner.

However, Skubala’s side rallied and quickly regained their two-goal lead. Perkins got forward from the center of the pitch and played the ball out to Gray who cut it back into the box for Perkins who was well placed to fire home his first for the club and United’s fourth!

Sean McGurk and Charlie Allen came off the bench and contributed immediately as the Whites went ahead and scored a fifth of the night, thanks to some clever set pieces.

McGurk’s pinpoint cross from a free kick at the back post found Kris Moore who placed a header across goal for the ever ready Joseph who made no mistake from distance to score his quarter of the night!

Both teams tried to keep attacking in the final minutes of the game, but the score was made in what had been an entertaining start to the season at Pride Park, ending with a more than deserved three points for Leeds.

Next up for the Whites is the return leg, where they face Norwich City at Thorp Arch on Monday, August 15, kick-off at 1pm. You can see a full list of upcoming matches for by clicking here.

FULL TIME: Derby County 2-5 Leeds United

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