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Report: Blues Under-23s 2 Leeds United Under-23s 2

David Davis on his return to action and Remeao Hutton (background)
David Davis on his return to action and Remeao Hutton (background)

An equaliser in the sixth minute of added-time denied Blues Under-23s the chance to cut the gap on Leeds at the top of the PDL to three points

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David Davis and Remeao Hutton made successful comebacks from long-term injury as Blues Under-23s suffered late heartache.

In this top-of-the-table PDL North clash at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre, Blues recovered from falling behind, thanks to goals by Joe Redmond and Odin Bailey.

And they looked set to cut Leeds' lead at the summit until the sixth minute of added-time, when Izzy Brown scored with a free-kick to equalise.

It was tough to take for Blues, who welcomed back Davis - who has been sidelined since July after fracturing his ankle - and Hutton, who broke a bone in his foot during pre-season.

Blues showed up well initially. Centre-back Joe Redmond came close after an early strike from the edge of the area and moments later Kamil Miazek in the Leeds goal was forced into action, making a good save down to his left to deny Kyle Hurst’s low driven effort.

Leeds’ first chance came in the 10th minute, with attacking full-back Bryce Hossannah bursting forwards, finding himself in a good position only to poorly execute his finish from outside the box.

Then another chance went begging for Blues, as Bailey almost punished Miazek after a poor clearance, but the wide midfielder couldn’t find the target.

After a strong performance from Blues, it was Leeds who broke the deadlock, thanks to Jordan Stevens. He went through on goal and fired past Zach Jeacock, moments before the first-half whistle.

Blues started the second-half just as sharply as the first, with winger Olly McCoy firing a low strike down towards Miazek’s bottom right. It produced another fine stop by the 'keeper.

But Blues did manage to bag an equaliser through Redmond, in the 49th minute, after a delightfully whipped in corner from Bailey. Redmond got up and the back post and guided a strong header in.

Blues continued to push for a second goal - and it came, in the 70th minute.

Substitute Jude Bellingham found himself on the byline after some tremendous hold up play from Josh Andrews, who was a constant threat for the entire game.

Bellingham stood a cross up towards the back post, which Bailey met to make it 2-1.

The away side almost got back level on the 75th minute mark, with Pascal Struijk rising at the front post, glancing a header just wide from a corner.

Bellingham then caused another threat going forward, very nearly sealing the three points for the Blues in the 83rd minute.

However, there was late drama when Leeds won a free-kick six minutes into added-time.

The original attempt was acrobatically pushed away by Jeacock, but the referee felt he saw an early encroachment movement by Blues and consequently wanted the free-kick to be retaken.

That was to prove decisive for Leeds and annoying for Blues as Brown stepped up to bend a low shot that went under and eluded a jumping wall..

It was a tough end to a competitive match for Richard Beale's side, who still trail Leeds by six points in the table.

Davis came through unscathed before being substituted in the 61st minute and Hutton came off in the 53rd.

Blues: Jeacock, Hutton (O'Keeffe 53), Burke, Stirk, Redmond, Bajrami, McCoy, Davis (Boyd-Munce 61), Hurst (Bellingham 61), Andrews, Bailey. Subs not used: Forrest, Baker.

 

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