Tranmere Rovers 4 Leeds United under-21s 1 - Recap from Prenton Park as fine Whites football proves in vain
Leeds United's under-21s are beginning a second crack at the EFL Trophy with tonight's clash at Tranmere Rovers - and you can follow all the latest here.
The competition which is now known as the Papa John's Trophy sees teams from English football's third and fourth tier taking on the country's best Academy sides with Category One status.
Leeds got no further than the group stage last season, falling to a 7-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley which was followed by a 2-2 draw at Barrow and a 3-0 reverse at Blackpool.
League Two trio Oldham Athletic, Salford City and tonight's hosts Tranmere are providing this season's Northern Section Group B opponents, from which the top two go through.
Tonight's hosts Tranmere were beaten by current League One table toppers Sunderland in last season's final under former boss Keith Hill.
Micky Mellon is now back in charge of Rovers for a second time having left Dundee United back in May.
The YEP is live at Prenton Park and you can follow all the pre-match build up and team news followed by live match updates and then reaction and analysis here.
Tranmere Rovers v Leeds United under-21s LIVE
Last updated: Tuesday, 14 September, 2021, 21:30
- EFL Trophy Northern Section Group B opener for Leeds and Tranmere.
- Oldham Athletic and Salford City are in the same group. Oldham 1-0 winners in first game.
- Top two progress to the next round. Tranmere runners up last season.
- 7pm kick-off at Prenton Park.
Chance Leeds who are having a right go, McGurk causes problems in the area from a corner but ball scrambled clear. 3-1. 64 mins
64: Lovely finish from Miller after a brilliant through ball from Gray after a superb turn from him in the middle of the park
BIG CHANCE LEEDS
61: So unlucky McGurk, gets in down the left, fires a shot across goal but Doohan tips it wide, chance for Tranmere before that as Clarke headed over from a corner, Before that Snowdon was booked.
Nice skill and turn from Archie Gray
57: Starts another move but Tranmere eventually clear
53: Clarke carded for pulling back the tricky McGurk, similar pattern to the first half at the moment, Leeds knocking it about but without creating chances.
47: McGurk corner sails out for a throw. Leeds come again and Allen hammers a shot well wide from the edge of the area
Leeds change at the break
Sub for Leeds at the break, Carole on for Sutcliffe who did well down the right. Back underway
Half time. 3-0 feels harsh but Tranmere have taken their chances and got through too easily. Some decent passing by Leeds but no breakthrough.
45: Two minutes added time
45: 3-0 is harsh so a chance to get something back