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25 October 2018 Venue New Manor Ground Attendance

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Notts County U23
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Leeds United U23
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PL Cup: Notts 0-5 Leeds United

25 October 2018

Notts Under 23s were beaten 5-0 by Leeds United on Thursday in their second Premier League Cup group game.

Ryan Edmondson (2), Clarke Oduor, Robbie Gotts and Sam Dalby get the goals as Steve Chettle's side are comfortably beaten by the visitors.

Kion Etete, two-goal hero of the Under 18s' FA Youth Cup win at Walsall, started up-front alongside Remaye Campbell with a trio of Andy Kellett, Alex Howes and Will Patching playing behind them.

Declan Dunn moved into a holding midfield role to allow Pierce Bird to skipper the side from the heart of the defence alongside Owen Betts.

Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to action at right-back with youngster Tyreece Kennedy-Williams, who also featured in the Youth Cup win, on the left of the four-man rear-guard.

Branislav Pindroch was called into action inside the opening minute when Edmonson rose well at the back post, only to see the Notts keeper save comfortably.

The Magpies' opening opportunies of the afternoon both came through Patching. The first a floated free-kick which evaded everyone before droppping narrowly wide of Kamil Miazek's post, before striking one from range which was well-held by the Leeds keeper.

Edmonson thought he was about to open the scoring on nine minutes but Bird was alert and made an excellent block, before Betts forced Dalby to fire wide.

Pindroch was quick off his line to deny Callum Nicell as he tried to latch on to a deflected cross, and saved well from Dalby as he cut in off the right.

He was stranded when Jordan Stevens took advantage of a loose ball across the Notts defence but the Leeds man lifted his over the bar, in what was to be the Magpies' defence final warning.

On 30 minutes, Edmondson fired the visitors ahead, volleying Alfie McCalmont's pass into the bottom corner.

McCalmont tried his luck from range shortly after, only to fire wide before Dalby diverted Oduor's cross wide after good work from the left-back.

And Oduor doubled the advantage when he chose to shoot the next time he found space on the left, beating Pindroch at his near post.

Within a minute it was three, Gotts netting the pick of the goals with a powerful low strike from 25 yards.

Chettle made one change at the break, withdrawing Etete and tasking Tom Crawford with providing more balance in midfield, and the visitors' chances dried up considerably with little goal-mouth action in the opening stages of the second period.

Shortly before the hour-mark, Howes was withdrawn with a knock and replaced by Leo Marshall, and almost as soon as play resumed, Leeds had a fourth.

After going close on a few occasions in the first period, Dalby made no mistake when the ball fell findly to him 10 yards from goal.

Corey Bucalossi was immediately introduced in place of Dunn and was involved in Notts' best move of the game moments later, as Kellett played Campbell in behind who was denied by a smart stop from the onrushing Miazek.

Betts made a smart block to deny Leeds a fifth but they had it with 65 minutes played as Edmondon picked up the rebound of his own shot off the upright to net his second.

Kellett tested Miazek as Notts looked to get on the scoresheet, and substitute Bobby Kamwa could have extended the visitors' lead as the match became an end-to-end affair.

Crawford and Patching both had openings before a smart stop from Pindroch denied Dalby his second of the day as the clock ticked past 80.

Another excellent chance went Campbell's way but he saw his effort beat the post after he got in behind the Leeds defence, before McCalmont shot straight at Pindroch and Kamwa dragged one wide.

Oxlade-Chamberlain got forward to force a save from Miazek, and Campbell did the same in the last action before the referee called time on a difficult outing for Chettle's side.

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