Derby County 2-5 Leeds United U21s highlights: Joseph scores four as Whites start season in style

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The new season is here and Leeds United’s under-21s will be looking to kick off their Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign with a win this evening against their Derby County counterparts.

Michael Skubala’s side travel to Pride Park with Dan James in their ranks, given the winger will miss the start of the Premier League through the suspension he picked up at the back end of last season.

The likes of Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins could also be set for their first competitive run out for United this evening following their respective summer moves to Elland Road from Manchester City and West Ham United.

It’s the first game Leeds’ youth side have played since their relegation from the top flight last season and they’ll be keen to get off to a fast start by picking up a win this evening.

We’ll be reporting live from Pride Park to bring you all the team news and match updates.

20:53William Jackson

There’s the full-time whistle

Leeds pick up a comfortable 5-2 victory on the opening day of the Premier League 2 season. Mateo Joseph was the star of the show, he scored four for the Whites this evening to make a real statement of intent.

20:43William Jackson

James shoots from the outside of the box

The Derby keeper collects with ease, though.

20:38William Jackson

Perkins is coming off

He’s replaced by Amari Miller.

20:30William Jackson

SAVE

Great stop from Ombang to deny Ibrahim.

20:29William Jackson

Kris Moore nods a free-kick across goal

And Joseph is unmarked in the six-yard box to nod it home beyond the keeper.

20:28William Jackson

GOAL

Mateo Joseph has four!!!!

20:27William Jackson

Leeds subs

Coleman on for Jenkins.

A few minutes earlier McGurk and Allen replaced Gray and Gyabi.

20:25William Jackson

Perkins goes close again

His close range effort is pushed onto the roof of the net by the Derby keeper. Great build-up play from Joseph to find the former West Ham man

20:22William Jackson

Perkins drives into the box

He feeds Gray. The youngster hangs a ball up, the Derby keeper fails to deal with it and Perkins is there to sweep it home.

20:20William Jackson

GOAL

Perkins gets one!

20:18William Jackson

Aghatise is looking for a third

He finds the space to get a shot off from range but he can only find the stand behind the goal.

20:16William Jackson

Aghatise gets it

He fires a free-kick around the wall and it has enough on it to beat Ombang in the Leeds net.

20:14William Jackson

GOAL

Aghatise scores again! It’s 3-2

20:14William Jackson

Ibrahim beats Jenkins and Debayo down the line

He charges into the box before putting in on a plate for the advancing Aghatise to finish.

20:12William Jackson

GOAL

Aghatise equalises for the Rams.

20:10William Jackson

Gyabi has a go

He hits it first time but he can’t find the target.

20:05William Jackson

We’re back underway for the second half here

Can Leeds build on this lead?

19:48William Jackson

There’s half-time

Leeds are well on top here. They lead 3-0.

19:43William Jackson

Joseph should have a fourth

Gray puts the ball into the six-yard box but Joseph can’t quite keep his effort down.

19:43William Jackson

Gyabi oozes quality

He spins to beat a man in the middle, steps on this left and engineers the room to get a shot away on the edge of the area. He’s looked very comfortable in the middle of the park.

A shout out to Jeremiah Mullen, too. He’s been called into action a few times but delivered a handful of well timed tackles to save the Whites.

19:33William Jackson

Skubala’s pleased

He’s encouraging his side to press high up the field and Derby are struggling to cope with Leeds’ intensity.

19:30William Jackson

Leeds playing some great stuff in attacking areas

They’re shifting the ball really well, finding the openings and the likes of Gray, Perkins, James and Joseph in particular are enjoying themselves.

19:29William Jackson

GOAL

Joseph send the keeper the wrong way!

19:28William Jackson

Penalty!

Archie Gray’s legs get taken away from him in the area and it’s a clear penalty.

19:27William Jackson

Derby fail to clear a Gray corner

Mullen forces a save from the keeper and Joseph is there to poke home the rebound. He’s been excellent so far

19:25William Jackson

GOAL

Joseph bags his second for the Whites

19:17William Jackson

Joseph has another go

James’ cross drops for the Spanish forward to hit, but he sees his effort blocked.

19:13William Jackson

That was all about Dan James

The Wales international turns his man, moves the ball out of his feet and plays a perfectly weighted throughball for Joseph to finish.

19:12William Jackson

GOAL!

Leeds take the lead through Mateo Joseph. 1-0!

19:10William Jackson

Nunn has a speculative effort

He spots Ombang off his line and has a go from around 40 yards out, but his effort is just wide of target.

As I’m typing, Gray nods Kris Moore’s cross over the bar.