Unbeaten Leeds Under-21 side will see their record come under scrutiny tonight as the young Whites take on League 1 side Bolton Wanderers in the Papa John Trophy.
United won their opening game in Group B of the Northern Section two weeks ago, beating Tranmere Rovers 5-3 in a thrilling encounter on Merseyside.
Bolton are currently top of the Leeds group after beating Crewe Alexandra 4-1 and drawing 2-2 with Tranmere. Due to the nature of the competition, ties in 90 minutes are settled by a penalty shootout, with the losing team receiving one point and the winning team receiving two.
Victory tonight would put either team in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stage of this year’s Papa John’s Trophy, depending on the outcome of Tranmere’s match with Crewe which would take place in same time.
Kick-off in Bolton is at 7 p.m. Live updates throughout the evening, plus post-match roster, team news and player ratings here.
The scoreline flatters Bolton to some degree, as Leeds were competitive throughout but lacked the final action. The defense was cobbled together due to injury and without the first team present a battle was always likely. Middlesbrough next Saturday.
Review thread to follow.
90′ Three added as Dean fires a wide shot
89′ Bolton gets a clincher. Sadlier played and rounded Robles into the net. Work done for the hosts.
84′ Miller straight into the action, runs for the ball in the middle and passes it to Dean. He tries to get inside but is tackled. Corner Leeds.
81 Robles with another parry in the penalty area. Shot pricked his palms.
78′ Bakayoko doubles the hosts’ lead. Robles parries Bradley’s shot after Dempsey carries the ball into the penalty area.
77′ Robles once again saves Leeds with a big, suffocating save from close range.