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Leeds United U21 bow out of the Papa John’s Trophy

Dave Richards’ two penalty shootout saves sees Crewe winners in the fixture as the Alex held a dominant Leeds United U21 to a goalless draw. however, both sides bow out of the Papa John’s Trophy.

The result sees Leeds exit the competition, while Crewe were already out due to prior losses against Tranmere Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.

It was a valiant effort from Harry Christy as he made a fantastic save in the shootout to deny Tariq Uwakwe. Regan Griffiths converted the penalty to put Crewe ahead and Richards’ save ended the shootout 2-1 to the Alex.

Leeds came into the game sat atop of the PL2 and needing a win to progress into the knockout stage of the Papa John’s Trophy. They suffered a 3-0 defeat in their previous matchup in this competition against Bolton but followed up four days later with a 4-2 win over Middlesborough in the PL2.

In the 91st minute a deep cross made its way towards Charlie Finney at the far post, but Junior Firpo flew across the box to deny what would’ve been a certain goal for Crewe.

With 34 minutes on the clock Darko Gyabi struck the ball toward goal from 25 yards however, Richards met it with a fantastic save and pushed the ball onto the crossbar to keep the two sides level.

Crewe were resolute throughout the match as they fought hard against a Leeds side filled with attacking quality who were insistent on having the vast majority of possession and tested the Crewe goalkeeper numerous times.

As the game went on Leeds kept up the pressure having a flurry of chances after 70 minutes. With Mateo Joseph escaping his marker and firing his shot at Richards as well as substitute Charlie Allen sliding his shot beyond the far post.

Sonny Perkins showed his ability on several occasions and had a big chance to put Leeds ahead in the 37th minute after Cody Drameh found him with a cross but Perkins couldn’t quite beat Richards.

Next up the Whites take on Newcastle United U21 in PL2 action, where they will be looking to get back to winning ways.

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