Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Leeds get their revenge on Donny with a superb Sheehan free-kick

Leeds United made three changes for tonight's re-arranged game against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, watched by a record crowd. Paul Huntington, Jonathan Douglas and Frazer Richardson started in place of Rui Marques, David Prutton and Darren Kenton.

Donny started strongly and United worked hard to fend off two or three good chances. But on 20 minutes Douglas won a free-kick just outside the penalty box and Alan Sheehan sent in a superb curler to score his first goal for the Whites, 1-0.

Neil Kilkenny headed off the line from Rovers midfielder Jason Price in the 36th minute, as they looked for an equaliser but the fast flowing first half ended with United's lead intact.

Another chance by Price straight after the re-start went wide. A free kick by Gareth Roberts, soon afterwards, was deflected away from goal as Donny piled on the pressure.

United were looking to capitalise on the break as Rovers were the stronger going forward. Jonathan Howson came close twice and Jermaine Beckford once, in between frenetic Donny pressure.

Andy Hughes replaced Bradley Johnson in the 74th minute.

Frustrated Donny resorted to long balls in the last ten minutes but Leeds could cope. Douglas cleared the ball off the line in the last minute but that was the last chance Rovers had to save a point.

United got their revenge in a fiercely competed Yorkshire derby. They move back up to seventh in the League, one point from a play-off position and the points arbitration still to come.

Attendance 15,001 (3094 Leeds)

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