farsley leedsLeeds United cruised to victory in their annual pre-season friendly against Farsley AFC (formerly Farsley Celtic).

Dom Poleon opened the scoring within the first four minutes before setting up Matt Smith to score the first of two headers.

A leisurely first half in the sweltering West Yorkshire sunshine left the Whites 3-0 up at the break, though it could have been more with both Michael Brown and Matt Smith hitting the woodwork.

First half – Paddy Kenny, Lee Peltier, Ross Killock, Jason Pearce, Danny Pugh, Michael Brown, Paul Green, Michael Tonge, Ross McCormack, Matt Smith, Dominic Poleon.

Second half – Alex Cairns, Lewis Turner, Tom Lees, Stephen Warnock, Adam Drury, David Norris, Zac Thompson, Simon Lenighan (Luke Murphy), Aidy White, Luke Varney, Noel Hunt.

As is standard protocol in early pre-season games, Brian McDermott made full use of his squad changing all eleven players at the break and it didn’t take long for his second half side to extend the lead, Noel Hunt heading home to make it 4-0.

Aidy White extended Leeds’ lead to five with a great individual effort. The versatile youngster took full advantage of an attacking midfield position at the tip of a 4-4-2 diamond formation, though it’s still unclear as to what McDermott considers his strongest position to be, or indeed, whether he’ll be a Leeds United player come opening day.

Sam Byram (slight injury) and Rodolph Austin (fitness) missed the game, though both were in attendance at the ground and are expected to travel to Slovenia for Leeds United’s pre-season tour.

El-Hadji Diouf won’t be taking the trip to Slovenia however as he receives treatment for an infected shin.

Meanwhile, Jamie Ashdown is still recovering from a broken toe he sustained at the end of last season, Ryan Hall is on paternity leave and Chris Dawson has confirmed that he’s still injured.

FT – Farsley AFC 0-5 Leeds United

  • Concerned about Ashdown

    Ashdown?

    • TSS

      Broken toe towards end of last season, he’s a bit behind everyone else in terms of fitness I think.

      • Not as concerned about Ashdown

        Thanks for the info

  • Lewis

    Austin?

    • TSS

      No idea mate. Wasn’t even on the bench.

      Edit – though he is in the picture above. Must be fitness/injury.

      • Martin

        What a lot of people forget is rudy had only just finished his season w hen he joined us at the start of ours so he has played back to seasons
        Even the beast needs a rest but I think we will see an even stronger rudy next year
        .

    • Not as concerned about Ashdown

      Only guesswork but as we seem to have a glut of CM’s, BMD probably gave him more time to recover from international duty to enable the beast to be unleashed at max potential at a later date

  • we’ll be back

    no sam hall??

    • we’ll be back

      ryan hall lol

      • TSS

        Paternity.

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  • Colin

    Listening to the post match interview, you reckon Brian McDermott knows what the Leeds fans are all about now? A load of beery fans chanting Ohhhh Brian McDermott.

    A little bit drunk? Yes.
    A little bit intimidating? Yes.
    A little bit happy fans? Yes.

    Will Brian McDermott be loving that? Yes.
    He was shaking hands with Leeds fans for 30 minutes.
    I reckon he’s pretty happy he signed for Leeds now. Might be using that free bottle opener on a bottle of wine tonight?

    AMAZING FANS

  • concerned because no aussies

    who would you say was best player in either half?