Monday, 12 May 2008

Dougie Freedman's last gasp goal gives Leeds hope as Blues win first-leg

Blogged Live.

Elland Road is packed, the crowd is in good voice and the first leg of the play-offs is about to start. Leeds United kick-off with super striker Jermaine Beckford back in the side after being sidelined for four matches with an ankle injury.

Carlisle's Marc Bridge-Wilkinson hit the bar in the seventh minute, from 18 yards, when he picked up a cross from Danny Graham.

Dougie Freedman came close in the 11th minute when he collected a cross, 20 yards out, turned and fired in one move, which was tipped round the post by Carlisle keeper, Keiren Westwood. In the 13th minute he chested down a long pass and fired in a superb volley that was caught by the keeper.

Carlisle's Scott Dobie is booked for a foul on Lubomir Michalik in the 22nd minute. Carlisle on top in terms of possession and attempts on goal.

29th minute Freedman picks up the ball just inside the Carlisle half, passes to Beckford, who shoots from 25 yards, tipped round the post by Westwood.

Shot from Carlisle's Simon Hackney in the 31st minute is deflected in, 0-1.

39th minute, shot by Jonathan Douglas after great work by Kilkenny, saved by Westwood.

42nd Minute Kilkenny puts Beckford through, saved by Westwood.

Half-time 0-1.

Grumble - we have just seen on Sky that the goal came from a corner. It should never have been given. The ball was put out of play by a Carlisle player being challenged by Michalik, who never touched the ball.

Four minutes into the second half and United are scrambling about their own penalty area like they don't know what they are doing. It all ends in disaster with Bridge-Wilkinson stabbing the ball in from six yards, 0-2.

57th minute Beckford is replaced by Tresor Kandol. Becks is furious.

United are pressing but Carlisle are defending well. Crosses are going in but the Blues are holding firm.

67 minutes - Westwood saves Carlisle again when a misplaced back header from a Carlisle defender was on its way in.

19 minutes to go and a penalty claim is denied as David Prutton attempts a shot from just inside the penalty area, it bounces off a Carlisle defender. Two minutes later and the crowd call again for a penalty as Freedman is bundled over in the same spot.

77th minute, Prutton is replaced by Seb Carole.

78th minute, a long range shot by Bradley Johnson is deflected away.

82nd minute, a long range shot by Kilkenny, over the bar.

85 minutes - United get a free-kick just outside the penalty box. Kilkenny sends it goal bound but it is headed away for a corner. Two corners taken, Westwood saves them both. He has played a blinder.

89th minute - Andy Hughes replaces Jonathan Howson.

Goooooal! In the last seconds of the game a scramble in the Carlisle penalty box ended when Dougie Freedman manages to push the ball into the back of the net with his right foot, 1-2.

Huge relief!!! Leeds have lost and deserved to but we are still in here with a chance after yet another last gasp goal by the Super Whites. We now only have to claw back one goal, instead of two, when we face the Blues again on Thursday at their place. Unfortunately, they have the best home record in League One. It is going to be tough but we can do it.

This was Carlisle's first ever win at Elland Road.

Attendance 36,297.

Leeds United 1 Carlisle United 2

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