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Posted Sunday, September 1st 2019

Report: Bristol City U23s 0-0 Leeds U23s

Bristol City and Leeds United shared the honours with a 0-0 Professional Development League draw at Elland Road.

Ashley Williams captained the young Robins, who also saw Niki Mäenpää complete another 90 minutes on his return from injury. Luke Williams also fielded the likes of Famara Diédhiou, Marley Watkins, Liam Walsh and Tyreeq Bakinson from the first team.

City went into the game on the back of wins over Wigan Athletic and Barnsley, while Leeds United were unbeaten in their three games.

And it was a close encounter with a gutsy showing by City against a strong Leeds United team containing Helder Costa, Gaetano Berardi, Barry Douglas and Jack Clarke.

Both teams had good chances in the first half with Diédhiou forcing Illan Meslier into two saves, with Walsh and Antoine Semenyo off target.

Leeds almost went in front before the break when Costa drove forward and played Clarke into the box and only a superb save Mäenpää denied him.

The young Whites side threatened and saw a raised offside flag rule out Pascal Struijk goal before the post came to City's rescue and thwart Mateusz Bogusz's strike.

Maenpaa was called into action several times during the second half including tipping one Bogusz shot over as City held out against the Leeds attack.

City U23s are back in action on Monday, September 9th at Ashton Gate when they host Birmingham City (1pm KO).

City U23s: Mäenpää, Baldwin, Williams, Harrison, Watkins, Walsh, Bakinson, Towler, Rees, Semenyo, Diédhiou. Subs not used: Day, Buse, Taylor, Britton.

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