Date: 8th December 2009 at 10:34pm
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Leeds booked a clash at there old rivals Manchester United in the third round after finally overcoming a dogged Kettering Town in extra time.

Leeds welcomed back Andy Hughes after injury, whilst Aidan White and Luciano Becchio also started.

Leeds started on the front foot and Beckford had the sides first effort on goal but shot over.

Mike Doyle was next to get a chance but his shot was blocked and put out for a corner.

Kilkenny was the next to have a chance but he shot just wide after excellent football from Leeds.

The Whites were totally dominating the game, it was inevitable that a goal would come and Luciano Becchio`s glancing header from a Snodgrass cross broke the deadlock on twenty minutes.

Beckford almost doubled the lead soon after but his shot was well saved by Harper.

Snodgrass blazed wide when in front of goal and should have done better.

Kettering`s only chance of the half fell to Leeds old boy Anthony Elding but he shot wide when through on goal, Leigh Bromby just doing enough to put him off.

Robert Snodgrass was enjoying a free role on the pitch and he put in another excellent cross that Beckford headed wide when he should have done better.

Kilkenny almost doubled the lead but his left shoot shot hit the post and went to safety.

He tried his luck again within a minute but this time his long range right foot shot took a deflection and went out for a corner.

Harper once again thwarted Beckford as Leeds continued to look for the second goal.

Howson was next to test the keeper when the Kettering stopper saved his fierce shot.

Leeds went in at half time just one up and would have been disappointed to have not sewn the game up by now.

The second half continued much the same with Doyle having Leeds first chance of the half.

Becchio then hit a post after some excellent build up work from the Leeds side.

Beckford then had two glorious chances in quick succession but couldn`t beat Harper once again.

The game changed on 55 minutes when firstly Aidan White was replaced with a calf injury by Tony Capaldi.

Soon afterwards Robert Snodgrass was cautioned or a poor challenge, his fifth of the season meaning he will miss Saturday`s trip to Brentford.

Kettering who had steadily been getting back into the game equalised when Partridge`s pin point cross found Elding in space whose point blank header gave Ankergren no chance.

This spurred Kettering on and they was now enjoying much more possession and the domination of the first hour by Leeds was a thing of the past.

Leeds did however start to take control again inside the final fifteen minutes and Beckford, Howson and Kilkenny all had chances.

Beckford had another shot saved as his frustrating evening in front of goal continued.

Tresor Kandol came on in place of Luciano Becchio and his height and strength was quickly shown.

After a string of corners, Kandol had the best chance but he headed wide when in a good position.

Deep into added time Kandol had an almost identical chance, this time his shot was on target and cleared off the line by the Kettering defence.

That was the final chance in normal time and extra time was required.

Robert Snodgrass had the best chance to put Leeds back in front in the first half of extra time but his chipped shot came back off the bar, the third time that they had hit the woodwork in the game.

Snodgrass had another good chance for Leeds in the first minute of the second half but lifted his shot over the bar.

Mike Grella did finally put Leeds back in front after dogged work down the right by Bromby.

Leeds scored again within a minute when Snodgrass`s cross was met at the far stick by Kandol.

Mike Grella added a fourth with some good footwork and excellent curling shot into the top corner.

Jermaine Beckford added a fifth in the final stages when he poked in from close range.

To be honest the score line probably reflects Leeds dominance over the night although they were made to work very hard by a hard working Kettering Town side.


Leeds United
Ankergren, Hughes, Michalik, Bromby, White, Howson, Kilkenny, Doyle, Snodgrass, Beckford, Becchio

A. Martin, Crowe, Marques, Prutton, Grella, Capaldi, Kandol


Harper, Taylor, Roper, Dempster, Davis, Noubisse, Boucaud, Heslop, partridge, Elding, Bain

Bussey, Wrack, Fowler, Cooper, Thomas, Cherry

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11 Replies to “Leeds earn clash with Man United”

  • We were poor again. Embarrassing. Why do we always have to make things difficult for ourselves? We should have won at Kettering in the first place.

  • Kettering played very well, they have some good players…I deffo tough it was going to penalties, until SG had a quick word just before extra-time, that did the job…

  • Dont talk out your ass. The attempts we had on goal compared to theres was a cricket score. Now go back to your manc forum

  • iwa-They only played very well because we allowed them to. We’ve got to be more ruthless in front of goal and just pumping aimless high balls into the box for their defenders to clear was just useless and overall our finishing was pitiful. Chance after chance after chance. Chances won’t be as easy to come by at Old Trafford but what chances we do get, we dare not miss. We never make anything easy for ourselves do we?

  • come on guys were you watching the match, we played extremely well, could not have created any more chances. It is never easy to score goals when the other team is just sticking 10 men behind the ball. Although we were gonna have to be more clinical even against the likes of brentford, but we will be ( I hope!!! ) by the way the game against scum is live on tv on the 3rd of jan!!!! Cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! M.O.T

  • I agree united, we had 44 shots on goal! They had a brief ten minute spell where they scored the other 80 belonged to Leeds, we should have been out of sight after half an hour.

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