Leeds United picked an incredibly young lineup against Accrington Stanley for their first match in the EFL Trophy since Premier League youth sides were given entry into the competition - and their first match in the competition since a loss on penalties to Carlisle United after a 4-4 draw over two legs.
With Marcelo Bielsa’s first team playing against the u23 side the following day - Mark Jackson took the u18 side to the League One side and unsurprisingly - the men beat the boys very easily by seven goals to nil.
Leeds gifted Accrington the lead when Harvey Sutcliffe miscontrolled a pass from keeper Cooper Skerry to leave Tariq Uwakwe with an open goal.
Stanley made it two with a good strike from Cameron Burgess to find the bottom corner from 25 yards, before Uwakwe added his second from a tight angle in off the post.
Dion Charles made it four with a good left-foot finish before Ryan Cassidy rounded off the first half with a good header from an Uwakwe cross.
Not a surprise that this is happening. Accrington too good for a team so young. https://t.co/Zk0Vm0CuXN— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 8, 2020
10 minutes into the second half it was six. Ross Sykes (who must have been 10” taller than any Leeds player on the pitch hit the post with a header before Cassidy tapped in the rebound. Uwakwe made it seven and claimed a hat-trick with a deflected shot after 72 minutes.
Cooper Skerry (60) - Having joined from Brisbane City and had a few call ups by Australia at youth level he is another of the better known names. A good early claim from a cross to settle him. His pass to Sutcliffe for the opening goal looked fine to me so I can’t blame him on that one. Made a great save to deny Ryan Cassidy but forced off after 17 minutes through injury. 6.5/10
Aaron Pilkington (67) - Put in a good cross in Leeds’ one good move of the first half. Lost the ball in a bad area trying a nutmeg on the edge of the box which should have cost a goal. 5.5/10
Kris Moore (64) - Early yellow card after getting skinned by Dion Charles on the edge of the box. Struggled much like everyone else but nothing overly worrying. 5/10
Harvey Sutcliffe (61) - Really poor error to let the ball run under his foot and gift Tariq Uwakwe the first goal. After that was similar to Moore. 4.5/10
Jeremiah Mullen (65) - The Scotland youth international who joined from Liverpool made three or four good clearances in the opening ten minutes. Leeds defensively looked all over the place, but he coped the best of them by a distance throughout the match. 6.5/10
A very young side tonight with only @joshgalloway8 over the age of 17! A fantastic opportunity for the scholars to test themselves against Accrington’s first team. 5 first year scholars starting including new signings Max Dean,Jeremiah Mullen and Charlie Allen https://t.co/DLfG5jjd8J— Lufcyouth (@leedsutdacademy) September 8, 2020
Ethan Kachosa (62) - Played as a left-wing-back, looked comfortable on the ball but vulnerable defensively (much like the whole team defensively). 6/10
Owen Bray (66) - A couple of nice touches but none of the midfield were ever going to shine in these circumstances. 5/10
Sam Leverett (63) - Seemed to be the deepest central midfielder for the most part. Overrun but so was everyone. 5/10
Charlie Allen (70)- Probably the most well known name in the side following the 16-year-old player’s move from Linfield in Northern Ireland this summer, and captain on his first outing. Beaten very easily by Burgess on the second Stanley goal. Never saw enough of him on the ball but he did look tidy when he did. His late shot from distance was probably Leeds best effort of the game. 6/10
#LUFC are pleased to announce the signing of Charlie Allen from Linfield on a three year deal— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 11, 2020
Max Dean (71) - Originally Galloway was the main striker but Dean moved up top when Galloway moved to the right. Barely got a touch of the ball. Picked up a yellow card for a late tackle. 5/10
Josh Galloway (59) - The only player over the age of 17 in the team. Played up front at first but moved to the right. With the pattern of the match he had very little chance to get into the game. Stood up physically a bit better than his teammates. 5.5/10
Harry Christy (for Skerry, 17mins) - Good early save from Dion Charles, then had a poor touch in his own six-yard box but won the ball with a good slide tackle to recover. Beaten at his near post for Stanley’s third. Not at fault for the goals, and did make a couple of good saves and showed good distribution. 6.5/10
Alfie Hughes (for Pilkington, HT) - Very quiet half. 5/10
Joe Littlewood (for Bray, 78mins) - N/A