Leeds United: Adryan and Cani feature as Under-21s draw with Wednesday

13 December 2014.......  Leeds United v Fulham, Skybet Championship.'Leeds ADRYAN rues missing a glorious chance in the second half. Picture by Tony Johnson
13 December 2014....... Leeds United v Fulham, Skybet Championship.'Leeds ADRYAN rues missing a glorious chance in the second half. Picture by Tony Johnson
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Neil Redfearn gave several fringe members of his senior squad a run-out as a development league game between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday ended goalless this afternoon.

Adryan, Casper Sloth and new signing Edgar Cani were included in a highly-experienced Under-21 line-up at Elland Road.

All three players were looking to catch Redfearn’s eye ahead of Saturday’s Championship match at Middlesbrough but a tight contest failed to yield any goals.

Brian Montenegro and Dario Del Fabro - both of whom are into the second half of year-long loans at Leeds - also started against the joint league leaders.

A fast-paced but uneventful first half produced only three chances of note, the first falling to United forward Lewis Walters.

The 19-year-old - returning from major knee surgery - drew a parry from Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson with a rising shot from the edge of the box.

But the visitors went closer on 33 minutes when Paul Corry’s sweetly-struck effort beat Stuart Taylor and clipped the top of Leeds’ crossbar.

Taylor then pulled off a diving save to keep out a strike from Wednesday forward Johnny Fusco just before half-time.

Adryan almost forced the opening goal early in the second half with a 30-yard lob which Dawson kept out with his fingertips, redeeming his own poor clearance, and the Brazilian should have won the match 16 minutes from time when he nodded a free header straight at the Owls keeper.

Substitute Luke Parkin threatened a late winner but pulled a shot on the turn narrowly wide while at the other end, Taylor’s low, one-handed stop kept out Fusco’s last-gasp attempt.

Leeds United U21s: S Taylor, Coyle, Del Fabro, Skelton, Denton, Thompson (Phillips 55), Sloth, Adryan (Mulhern 90), Walters, Montenegro (Parkin 82), Cani. Subs: Grimes, Coker.

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