Two goals from Marcus Antonsson and a Chris Wood penalty rounded off Leeds United’s tour of Ireland with another victory.
Antonsson claimed his first Leeds goals on seven and 56 minutes and Wood’s penalty just after the half-hour helped to put today’s friendly in Dublin beyond a young Shamrock Rovers side.
Rovers fielded an inexperienced line-up after their first team met Bohemians in a league game last night and they were unable to seriously trouble Garry Monk’s side.
Monk gave a start to goalkeeper Rob Green and the former England international was untroubled for an hour, save only for a shot from Gareth McCaffery which bounced past his right-hand post and an effort from Gary McCabe which flew straight at him.
Antonsson broke the deadlock early on after a penetrating run from midfielder Ronaldo Vieira opened Rovers up and gave the Swede an easy finish from 10 yards.
Wood then hit the outside of a post before a foul by Trevor Clarke on Kemar Roofe gave him a chance from the penalty spot on 31 minutes. The forward sent keeper Barry Murphy the wrong may.
Roofe, who impressed throughout the first half, then hit the woodwork with a curling effort before being substituted at the interval and making way for Hadi Sacko.
Leeds stretched Rovers in the second half and Matt Grimes was denied a goal when his long-range effort smashed off the underside of Murphy’s crossbar on 54 minutes.
But Antonsson struck again two minutes later as a cross from Charlie Taylor flicked off Wood and laid on a header at the back post.
Sacko was then denied by a good save from Murphy before Monk introduced a raft of substitutes for the final stages of the match.
Rovers almost pulled a goal back with 16 minutes left but Jamie Aherne’s effort slipped just wide.
Leeds’ win at Tallaght Stadium followed on from Wednesday’s 2-1 victory at Shelbourne and Monk’s players will return to England on Sunday (July 17) to begin preparing for next week’s friendlies at Guiseley and Peterborough United.
Leeds United: Green (Turnbull 65), Purver (Coyle 65), Bartley (McKay 46), Bamba (Diagouraga 65), Taylor (Denton 65), Vieira (Mowatt 65), Grimes (Murphy 65), Botaka (Phillips 65), Roofe (Sacko 46), Antonsson (Stokes 65), Wood (Doukara 65).
Shamrock Rovers: Murphy, Clarke, Webster, Gibbons, Hanney, McCabe, Bulger, Purdy, Boyd, McCaffrey, Doona.