Date: 7th May 2018 at 9:33am
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Leeds United brought the curtain down on a disappointing 2017/18 campaign with a 2-0 win against Queens Park Rangers.

Kemar Roofe, who scored a hat-trick when the two sides met at Loftus Road in December, opening the scoring on the half hour with an overhead kick and Kalvin Phillips made it two goals in two games with the second shortly after the restart when he pounced on an error by Rangers keeper Joe Lumley.

Rangers enjoyed the better of the first 25 minutes with former Leeds striker Matt Smith proving a handful for the Leeds defence. Smith saw one header easily saved by Bailey Peacock-Farrell whilst another effort went over the bar.

Josh Scowen also saw a long-range effort end in the Kop as Peacock-Farrell was having his easiest afternoon in the Leeds goal since taking over from Felix Wiedwald in March.

Leeds started to get into the game halfway through the first half. Pontus Jansson and Roofe both saw efforts blocked.

Leeds went ahead on 30 minutes when a corner was swung in and it eventually fell to Roofe who hooked the ball over his own head from close range.

Young defender Tom Pearce, who scored in Leeds last home game, then went close to adding a second but Lumley saved his effort.

Phillips doubled Leeds lead in the opening five minutes of the second half. A poor clearance by Lumley fell to Phillips and he fired the ball home from the edge of the area.

The young midfielder enjoying a good finish to the season with his seventh goal of the campaign.

Both Roofe and Phillips have come in for criticism from fans this season but both have enjoyed a decent campaign.

Rangers tried to find a way back into the game and Luke Freeman saw his effort go just wide.

Ezgjan Alioski then had a great chance to make it 3-0 but his close-range shot was saved by Lumley.

The highlight of the game was the introduction of 16-year-old academy striker Ryan Edmondson. The young striker has had an incredible season with the under-18s this season and the local lads’ introduction on 73 minutes received a huge ovation.

Leeds saw out the remainder of the time on a sunny afternoon in LS11. There has been little to cheer about in 2018 for Leeds fans. Leeds turned the year in the play-off places but just four wins in the second half of the season has seen them finish in 13th place and fans are glad it is all over.

Teams

Leeds United

Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Cooper, Jansson (Pennington 45) Pearce, Vieira, Forshaw (O’Kane 86), Phillips, Roofe (Edmondson 73), Ekuban, Alioski

Subs not used

Lonergan, Saiz, Sacko, Lasogga

Queens Park Rangers

Lumley, Wszzolek (Smyth 62), Furlong, Bidwell, Manning, Scowen, Cousins, Chair (Osayi-Samuel 60), Freeman, Smith, Eze (Oteh 73)

Subs not used

Ingram, Kakay, Hamalainen, Owens

 

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