A HAT-TRICK from Brian Montenegro helped Leeds United under-21s brush aside derby rivals Huddersfield Town in a comprehensive 4-1 victory this afternoon.
The game also saw Aidy White make his long-awaited comeback from injury and pull on the United shirt for the first time since last July’s friendly at Chesterfield.
White, out of contract this summer, featured for the opening 45 minutes against Town.
Flo Bojaj put United in front early on, but Montenegro soon levelled following Lewie Coyle’s cross.
A coolly-taken strike on the stroke of half-time from Montenegro put the hosts back in front and Luke Parkin added a superb third just after the hour-mark.
Paraguayan striker Montenegro went onto complete his treble with a well-taken strike ten minutes from time after beating the offside trap.
United: Cairns, Coyle, Skelton, Killock, Denton, Phillips, Dawson, White (Booker 45), Walters, Parkin, Montenegro. Subs unused: Grimes, Vann, Lyman, Mulhern.
Meanwhile, United teenage star Lewis Cook paid tribute to Whites head coach Neil Redfearn after beating off competition from fellow Championship nominees Joe Gomez and Fred Onyedinma to win the Championship Player of the Year award at the Football League’s awards night.
The 18-year-old, a revelation at Elland Road this term, said: “He (Redfearn) has been with me since I was younger and brought me through.
“I’m really grateful for what he’s done.
“I didn’t expect this season to be as good as it has been. I’ve really enjoyed it.
“I’d like to thank the club for what they’ve done for me and my family for the support.
“I’ve just been trying to balance everything – schoolwork and playing games – it’s been hard.”