U18s: Leeds United 3-2 Bolton

Young Whites fall to narrow defeat despite recovering a two-goal deficit

Bolton Wanderers Under-18s suffered a narrow defeat away at Leeds United on Saturday, despite recovering a two-goal deficit.

Despite starting the game brightly, the young Whites fell behind to a direct free-kick before Leeds doubled their lead with a wonder-goal.

Wanderers showed great character to get back in the game as Ronaldo Pearson pulled a goal back from close-range following a good run into the area.

Goalscorer then turned provider as Pearson picked out Alex Samazideh with a great through-ball, allowing the forward to run on and equalise as he netted his fourth strike from two games.

However, the Trotters were caught out as Leeds re-took the lead, and despite creating several more chances to level the scores, they were unable to find an equaliser as the hosts held out for the win.

Speaking after the game, head coach David Lee was pleased with his side’s efforts despite the result.

“We started the game very well then conceded a goal from a direct free kick and a wonder strike.   

“We showed great character to get back in the game but got caught out to concede a third.

“It was a good learning curve for the players, learning how to stay in the game through difficult situations.”


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Marsh, Spooner, Honeyball, Grivosti, Earing, Pearson, Griffiths, Fearnley, Samazideh, White (McKenna 60).

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