Eddie Nketiah scores twice as Jack Clarke stars in Leeds United's Under-23s rout of Bolton

Leeds United's Under-23s made it five league wins in a row on Monday evening

By Joe Urquhart
Monday, 16th December 2019, 9:15 pm
Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 9:21 pm
Leeds United loanee Eddie Nketiah scored twice on Monday evening for the Whites Under-23s side.
Leeds United loanee Eddie Nketiah scored twice on Monday evening for the Whites Under-23s side.

Leeds United's Under-23s side secured a stunning 5-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Monday evening.

Eddie Nketiah bagged twice with goals from Gjanni Alioski, Jack Clarke and Robbie Gotts completing a five-star performance at the Lancashire FA.

Alfie McCalmont fired the first warning shot from distance as Carlos Corberan selected a strong line-up in the Professional Development League.

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It was Alisoki who opened the scoring shortly after the 15 minute mark as he reacted quickest to a failed Wanderers clearance following a Clarke cross.

The winger then got himself onto the scoresheet as the roles were reversed with the North Macedonian picking out the Tottenham Hotspur loanee inside the box with the help of a Bryce Hosannah step over.

Nketiah twice went close before he finally found the back of the net as he burst through the Bolton back four to win a penalty as he was taken out at pace inside the box.

The Arsenal man picked himself up to provide a slick finish from 12-yards as he clipped the ball over goalkeeper Matthew Alexander and into the corner of the net.

Bolton hit back shortly after the interval as Adam Senior turned a shot home from close-range after a scramble inside the United area following a corner.

The goal, though, sparked Leeds into action once again as half-time substitute Robbie Gotts converted a low Clarke cross from the right with the winger causing headaches for the Wanderers backline throughout the evening.

The 19-year-old was again the provider as Nketiah bagged his second of the evening after a surging run from the Thorp Arch academy product left the Gunners star with the goal at his mercy.

Clarke almost added a sixth as he thundered an effort over the bar but it wasn't to be as time expired on an impressive night for United's development side.

Corberan's outfit made it five wins on the bounce in league action with the victory as they continued their hot run of form which leaves them fourth in the PDL North on goal difference.

Leeds will return to league action on Friday lunchtime with a trip to second-placed Nottingham Forest.

Leeds United U23s: Miazek, Hosannah, Struijk, Casey, Cresswell, McCalmont (Stevens 45), Jenkins (Gotts 45), Bogusz (Kenneh 45), Clarke, Alioski, Nketiah. Subs not used: Skerry, Hudson.