Leeds United u23s dominated the first half, and were second best in the second half, as they drew 1-1 against Fulham u23s at the London School of Economics. Sam Greenwood gave Leeds the lead before Connor McAvoy equalised for the hosts.
Elia Caprile made an excellent double save after 40 seconds but that seemed to wake Leeds up, and Leeds were 1-0 up after only three minutes. Stuart McKinstry’s corner came to Sam Greenwood at the far post, he took a touch, turned the defender, and smashed it home with a lot of power.
Leeds were on top throughout the first half but didn’t extend the lead, and Fulham got themselves level after 40 minutes through a good Connor McAvoy header from a corner.
Leeds made three half-time changes and looked disjointed in the second half. Fulham got on top and forced Elia Caprile in to a few saves, as well as hitting the post from 25 yards out. Fulham had a header cleared off the line by Max Dean in the final 10 minutes, and Dean nearly nicked the win for Leeds but had a great chance saved in stoppage time.
Time now to look at each player and how they performed. As always you can tell me how wrong I am @mightywhitespod or @ThruItAllLUFC on twitter.
Elia Caprile - Brilliant double save after 40 seconds when Fulham were presented with a great chance. No chance with the Fulham goal. Made a few more saves, a couple of them very good, in the second half. Good, quick distribution. 8/10
Cody Drameh - Got forward really well but didn’t make the most of his shooting opportunities in the first half. Moved to the right of a back three around 65-70 minutes. A couple of rare mistakes in the second half. 7/10
Nohan Kenneh - Early mistake gave Fulham a great chance in the first minute. Solid for the rest of the first half. Couple of errors in the second half. Not as comfortable on the ball as he usually is. 6.5/10
Oliver Casey - Defended very well throughout. Stand out moment was stopping a Fulham break despite Leeds being 2v3 at the back. Good on the ball as well. Stood out today. 8/10
Liam McCarron - Struggled at times 1v1 against Fabio Carvalho (who looked good) in the first half in his left-back role. Moved to left wing for the second half, beat players well and was Leeds best outlet for a lot of the second half despite one error leading to a Fulham chance. 6.5/10
Jack Jenkins - Did well on the ball despite being put under a lot of pressure for around 70 minutes, before having a sloppy five minutes where he lost the ball a few times in bad areas. 6.5/10
Crysencio Summerville - Dangerous whenever he got on the ball and consistently beat his man, but without the end product we have seen in recent weeks. 6.5/10
Jamie Shackleton - Involved in some good build up play. Solid 45 minutes. 6/10
Stuart McKinstry - His corner set up the opening goal and had one excellent cross, but otherwise his first half was very quiet. Second half a bit more involved, and showed his versatility by doing well as a right-wing-back for the last 20 minutes. 6/10
Bobby Kamwa - Not the impact he would have wanted. Glimpses of his ability but didn’t do enough when on the ball. 6/10
Sam Greenwood - Great turn and a very powerful finish to put Leeds 1-0 up. Did miss a much better chance 10 minutes later that he probably should have scored. Excellent work rate off the ball as well. 7/10
Max Dean (for Greenwood, HT) - Main impact was a good header of the line to keep it at 1-1. Otherwise, didn’t get any joy as a lone striker and was dominated by the Fulham centre-backs. Had a great chance to win it in stoppage time but was denied by a good save. He will think he should have done better. 6/10
Niall Huggins (for Summerville, HT) - The usual pacey runs from deep but less effective with Leeds on the back foot throughout the second half. Set up a great chance for Max Dean in stoppage time. 6.5/10
Charlie Allen (for Shackleton, HT) - Fairly quiet throughout the second half. 5.5/10