RECAP | Leeds Youngsters Too Good For Albion
Leeds United’s U23’s show their class in annual pre-season visit to Tadcaster.
First half goals from Bobby Kamwa, Jordan Stevens, Alex Wollerton and Sam Dalby put Danny Schofield’s side into an unassailable lead at the break. Kun Mihaylov and Alfie McCalmont extended the visitors’ lead in the second forty five before Taddy’s Adam Baker struck a stunning consolation.
Brewers assistant manager Simon Collins has stated on numerous occasions how important it is to come up against as many different scenarios as possible to prepare for the new season. However when a vibrant, energetic and hungry professional academy side like Leeds come to town it’s a different prospect all together.
On a sunny evening at a busy i2i Stadium it was in fact Albion who had the first effort on goal. A reducing ‘old school’ like challenge from former Leeds youngster Corey Roper gave trialist Lamin Colley the chance to strike powerfully on target forcing Kamil Miazek into a decent save.
This early glimmer for Taddy was sharply followed by Leeds dominating possession moving the ball quickly across the pitch and finding the perfect gaps in behind as they unlocked Albion’s defence and broke the deadlock on 8 minutes. A fortuitous ricochet fell kindly for Jordan Stevens which allowed the forward to slide a disguised ball into Bobby Kamwa who kept his cool dinky deftly over the advancing Tom Young.
Casey Stewart was looking lively on his first home appearance of pre-season after cleverly twisting Pascal Struijk inside and out before seeing his shot blocked on the edge of the penalty area.
Despite not seeing a great deal of the football Taddy did in fact have some promising moments in the first forty five. Some tenacious midfield play from Mitch Langton followed by a searching ball in behind was pounced upon by Lamin Colley but his touch allowed goalkeeper Kamil Miazek to just beat the striker to it.
Leeds deservedly doubled their lead on 25 minutes though as Jordan Stevens was allowed far too much space to drive up to the penalty box before his strike deflected into the back of the net off of Jack Vann leaving Young with no chance.
Trialist Colley was certainly looking the most threatening for Taddy as some more powerful forward play saw him shrug off a defender before his effort was also well blocked.
Leeds netted a third on 30 minutes as Pascal Struijk found Alex Wollerton in acres of space down the right-hand channel before the midfielder slid coolly under Young.
The Whites (who played in Black) were excelling in front of an excellent four-figure crowd, continuing to showcase their superb quick passing and slick sequences. Wollerton could have grabbed himself a quick-fire double after brilliantly twisting beyond Paddy Miller only to pull narrowly wide on this occasion.
Albion squandered another chance of their own soon after when Lamin Colley headed a corner kick down to Casey Stewart who couldn’t generate enough power to nod past Miazek from three yards out.
Leeds had time to net a fourth in the final minute of the first half when Kamwa’s cut-back found Wollerton who’s deflected effort was turned in via another deflection by number nine Sam Dalby.
Tadcaster started the second half brightly with that man again Lamin Colley testing Miazek in the Leeds goal. The towering forward out-muscled Struijk before his low strike was comfortably held by the Polish stopper.
All of Albion’s chances were falling the way of the former Bradford Park Avenue man as Roper’s clipped cross was collected by Colley only to blaze inches over from a tight angle.
Nevertheless it was LUFC who continued their dominance by scoring a fifth goal and it was another well worked move. Substitute Kun Mihaylov, or Temenuzhkov as he’s better known, turned Leif Davis’ drilled cross past the trialist goalkeeper after Oliver Sarkic unlocked the defence.
Three minutes later and it was six for the visitors. Stand-out midfielder Alfie McCalmont received the ball 21 yards out and curled gorgeously into the top corner, certainly United’s pick of the bunch.
This wasn’t the best goal of the night though, this went to Adam Baker who netted a consolation for the Brewers in magnificent fashion. After a mini game of head tennis, it dropped invitingly for the Albion substitute who rocketed an unstoppable half-volley past Miazek from 25 yards out.
Taddy could have actually pulled another goal back shortly after when a trialist was sent through on goal by Baker but Leif Davis recovered to block the shot.
All in all it was a remarkable display by Leeds United’s next generation who could have added to their healthy lead in the final ten minutes. Callum Nicell played a perfect one-two with a teammate only for the Taddy goalkeeper to keep out the half-volley and 1-6 it concluded.
Full-Time: Tadcaster Albion 1-6 Leeds United U23’s
Tadcaster: Young, Barkworth, Howarth, Mycoe ©, Vann, Miller, Whitehouse, Roper, Colley, Langton, Stewart
Subs (all used): Walters, Trialist (GK), Hardy, Savory, Baker, Trialist, Barrett
Leeds: Miazek, Gotts, Davies, Struijk, Diaz ©, Rey, Wollerton, McCalmont, Dalby, Stevens, Kamwa
Subs used: Oduor, Sarkic, Amissah, Nicell, Mihaylov
Unused: Male (GK)