Showing posts from July, 2009 25/7/09 BLACKBURN DRAW UNITED 1 (Beckford 50), BLACKBURN 1 (Gallagher 90 pen) United: Higgs, Crowe (Hughes 56), Marques (Huntington 74), Kisnorbo (Michalik 56), Parker (Sheehan 69), Snodgrass, Delph (Robinson 69), Howson, Johnson (Prutton 74), Beckford (Showunmi 79), Becchio (Grella 79). Subs: Martin. Blackburn: Robinson (Brown 60), Jacobsen (Olsson 66), Warnock, Nzonzi (Dunn 67), Nelsen, Givet (Khizanshvili 72), Roberts (Gallagher 66), Andrews, McCarthy, Diouf (Hollett 72), Pedersen (Van Heerden 73). Subs: Doran, Judge. Referee: M Oliver. Att: 11,885 United were entertaining Blackburn in the only pre-season friendly at Elland Road and such was the interest in the game that the kick-off was put back 15 minutes to allow many of the queueing fans the chance to gain entry to the stadium. Simon Grayson was without injured goalkeeper Casper Ankergren, paving the way for Shane Higgs to join Jason Crowe and Patrick Kisnorbo in the Elland Road debut stakes. But it was an older
Yorkshire Evening Post 18/7/09 United cruise past Glentoran By Phil Hay Glentoran 1 Leeds United 3 Leeds United recorded their first win of pre-season against the most vibrant team of the club's summer so far to bring to a conclusion their tour of Ireland. United's attacking flair picked apart a limited Glentoran side whose commitment and aggression failed to bridge the divide in quality between the two teams.Robert Snodgrass and Jermaine Beckford scored in a one-sided first half to give United a 2-0 lead at the interval, but their chances were so numerous that the scoreline could have run out of control during that period. In contrast to previous draws against York City and Shelbourne, the full advantage was not sacrificed by Leeds and Enoch Showunmi's late finish halted the tentative fightback attempted by Glentoran. Manager Simon Grayson had been adamant all week that his players' time in Ireland would be focused primarily on fitness work, with little emphasis on the