Leeds United: Kilkenny helps Socceroos into Asian Cup final

Neil Kilkenny is ninety minutes away from claiming international silverware after Australia booked their place in the Asian Cup final in style following a thumping 6-0 victory over Uzbekistan in Doha.

The Leeds United midfielder came on for the final twenty minutes with the Socceroos already 3-0 up.

Ex-Whites star Harry Kewell put Australia ahead on six minutes, with

Blackburn Rovers' Brett Emerton and ex-Sheffield United utility man David Carney also among the scorers.

The Aussies will meet Japan in the final on Saturday, with the game to be screened on Eurosport Two from 3pm.

Meanwhile, Lloyd Sam struck the winner for United in a 2-1 behind-closed-doors victory over Sheffield United yesterday afternoon.

Billy Paynter put United ahead, only for the Blades to level before the break – ahead of Sam's decisive strike.

Midfielder Adam Clayton played his first game since returning from League One outfit Peterborough United on loan, while Ben Parker, Neill Collins, Richard Naylor and Fede Bessone featured in a strong back four.

Mike Grella and Ross McCormack also got a run-out, with Jordan Snodin – son of ex-United captain Ian – coming on as a sub for Grella.

United: Higgs, Bessone, Naylor, Collins, Parker (Baxendale), Clayton (Turner), Hatfield (Thompson), Grella (Snodin), Paynter, McCormack, Sam.

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