Photo credit - @bergenwhites

Photo credit – @bergenwhites

Leeds strolled to victory against an extremely poor Slovenian side comprised of players from their third division.

Approximately 300 Whites fans attended the opening game of Leeds’ pre-season tour, with more expected to travel for the later fixtures. The venue for this fixture was Fazanerija City Stadium, a 3,700 capacity stadium in the small town of Murksa Sobota, population 12,000.

Leeds opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Matt Smith scored his third in two pre-season games with another header.

The Whites had a goal ruled out for offside and Aidy White struck the post before Leeds managed to double their lead with another header, Noel Hunt the scorer this time.

First half – Paddy Kenny, Lee Peltier, Tom Lees, Danny Pugh, Charlie Taylor, David Norris, Paul Green, Luke Murphy, Aidy White, Matt Smith, Noel Hunt

Second half – Alex Cairns, Zac Thompson, Ross Killock, Jason Pearce, Stephen Warnock, Michael Brown, Michael Tonge, Adam Drury, Ross McCormack, Luke Varney, Dominic Poleon.

With a 2-0 lead at half-time, Brian McDermott changed all eleven players once again. There were plenty of changes for the Slovenian side too, but Leeds once again came out on the front foot.

Despite the poor quality of the opposition, it wasn’t until the 66th minute that The Whites managed to extend their lead, with Dom Poleon continuing his impressive pre-season form.

Despite the Whites’ near-total domination it was to be the Slovenian XI who had the final word as Leeds conceded their first pre-season goal on 69 minutes.

An easy start to the Slovenian tour for Leeds United and a comfortable win, but the opposition will improve in quality over the next few days.

FT – Slovenian XI 1-3 Leeds United