Earlier today Leeds United’s U23 side took on their Sheffield Wednesday at Thorp Arch, with the Whites hoping to maintain their recent good home form over the visiting Owls.
The well-performing U23s were bolstered with the likes of former Juventus midfielder Ouasim Buoy, young Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot getting a run out alongside Swedish forward Pawel Cibicki. It was the latter that lit up the opening exchanges of the game.
It wasn’t a case of a ‘blazing’ opening, it was more an inferno as Cibicki put the young Whites 2-0 up inside two minutes. His first was a blast from the edge of the area that beat Wednesday keeper Dan Wallis all ends up. Moments later it was a brace for the Swede, Cibicki drilling the ball through the legs of a young Owl’s defender and into the goal.
Wednesday pulled one back from the spot after just six minutes, Almen Abdi firing beyond the despairing dive of Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the Leeds United goal. It was definitely a banger of a start from both sides, sides looking to play an open and flowing game of football.
Leeds, in particular, were passing the ball around well and showing good movement off the ball as well. Sheffield Wednesday weren’t to be dismissed so easily and did have their own passages of good play leading to pressure on the United goal.
After such an opening, the LUTV commentators were saying that it was a game where you could almost sense that other goals, and that proved to be the case in the second half. Wednesday threatened through Joe West, but his effort was cleared off the line by Hugo Diaz.
FULL TIME | An 87th minute goal from Adrian Balboa secures the points for our U23s over Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 pic.twitter.com/TgWYKZuLcW
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Wednesday did equalise through impressive England youth international George Hirst, who latched on to a through ball and lashed it impressively past Peacock-Farrell to bring the visitors level. However, it was a parity that was to last just over 10 minutes with the fleet-footed Adrian Balboa racing through from half-way, after a neat interplay of passes, before round Wallis and slotting past a pair of back-peddling Wednesday defenders.
That hard-fought, 3-2 victory means that the young Whites side are unbeaten at home since November, but more importantly, perhaps, it gave an indication to just how effective player Pawel Cibicki might be for the Whites first team if given a chance.
Goal highlights from Leeds United U23 game vs Sheffield Wednesday U23
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