Leeds United: Unlucky United suffer a knockout blow at hands of holders Chelsea

Piteu Crouz.
Piteu Crouz.
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Leeds United’s FA Youth Cup campaign ended at the first hurdle with an ill-deserved 2-0 defeat to holders Chelsea at Elland Road last night.

United’s Under-18s fell to a first-half penalty from Isaiah Brown and a late effort from Dominic Solanke-Mitchell but were left to rue a series of excellent chances passed up before the interval.

Chelsea played most of the second half with 10 men after the dismissal of goalkeeper Bradley Collins but Solanke-Mitchell’s 80th-minute finish wrapped up their third-round win.

The tie was end-to-end from the start Chelsea came within inches of claiming the opening goal on seven minutes as Solanke-Mitchell rounded off a slick attack with a shot which deflected wide

But Leeds threatened soon after when Ola Aina’s weak defensive header played Piteu Crouz into the visitors’ box and drew an anxious save from Collins.

Chelsea took the lead on 20 minutes, however, when Jack Vann tripped Tammy Abraham with a sliding tackle inside the box. Brown converted the spot kick with a well-struck finish.

Collins was then forced into another quick reaction by Frank Mulhern, whose shot slipped under the keeper’s body but trickled past the far post, and Robbie McDaid guided a free header a fraction wide on the half-hour.

Mulhern looked to have equalised moment laters but Collins got a strong hand to his goalbound finish. Chelsea captain Charlie Colkett, meanwhile, struck a post six minutes before half-time.

Chelsea’s night took a turn for the worse two minutes into the second half when Collins was shown a straight red card for a foul on McDaid a few yards outside his box but Leeds were unable to take advantage of his dismissal.

Solanke-Mitchell sealed Chelsea’s victory 10 minutes from time when he took Kyle Scott’s pass, rounded Peacock-Farrell and slipped the ball home from 10 yards.

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