Russ Vernon takes a look at today's fixture for the Leeds United Development Squad.
Leeds United Under-21s played out a six goal thriller against Bolton Wanderers Under-21s as they drew 3-3 at Thorp Arch on Monday afternoon.
Midfielder Casper Sloth scored a brace as he helped put Leeds 2-1 in front at the break. Bolton's Kaiyne Woolery helped his side to a come-back with a hat-trick but a late goal from striker Souleymane Doukara pounced on poor goalkeeping from former United goalkeeper Paul Rachubka to earn a point for Paul Hart's youngsters.
Hart in his line-up for this Professional Development League 2 clash named four first team players in his squad including a return from injury for midfielder Tommaso Bianchi. Sloth, Doukara and Kalvin Phillips also featured for the team.
Academy defender Tyler Denton was named captain in the absence of the suspended Lewie Coyle, who was sent off in the U21s clash with Watford last time out.
Sloth, who has been a regular for the U21s this season put the side infront after 7 minutes after he raced onto a through ball from Phillips and slotted past Rachubka to give us the lead.
The Danish international then doubled United's lead and scored his 2nd of the afternoon after he lached onto a through ball from Doukara and fired underneath Rachubka to put United into a 2-0 lead on 21 minutes.
Then Phillips and Frank Mulhern forced former Utd keeper into some good saves, before Woolery pulled a goal back for Bolton after latching onto a through ball from Jon Ceberio.
Ceberio then tested keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell into a great save with a long effort as the visitors ended the first half strongly.
Just a minute after the restart Bolton made a great start and following a mix-up in defence from Peacock-Farrell and Jake Skelton, Woolery levelled the match.
Former United keeper Rachubka then twice denied Leeds from re-taking the lead keeping out strikes from Doukara and Stokes, before Woolery completed his hat-trick after he waltzed his way through the United defence and tooked home into the bottom corner.
Doukara soon hit back and got Unite on level terms on 78 minutes when he scored from close-range after Rachubka failed to hold a Tom Lyman cross.
That was the last goal scoring action of the game as United & Bolton played out a 3-3 draw.
United: Peacock-Farrell, Purver, Skelton, Vann, Denton, Sloth, Phillips, Bianchi, Stokes, Mulhern, Doukara.
Bolton: Rachubka, Pisano, Taylor, Finney, Lussey, Maher, Wilson, Holding, Thomas, Woolery, Ceberio.
By Russ Vernon
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