Booty brace helps maintain unbeaten start
Town’s Under-18 side extended its unbeaten start to the new Professional Development League 2 season to seven wins and one draw with a 4-1 win over Leeds United at Canalside on Saturday morning.
It was a typically fiery West Yorkshire derby with lots of tackles and committed play and was very closely contested until a dominant final 20 minutes from the young Terriers saw them pull away and secure another three points.
Town started well and took the lead in the 24th minute when Captain Joe Wilkinson found Under-16 winger Regan Booty (pictured above) in space; he stepped in from the right hand side before firing into the top corner with his favoured left foot.
Visitors Leeds responded well and deservedly equalised in the 35th minute, although the goal for the visiting number 10 beat Town ‘keeper Sam Guthrie via a deflection.
United continued to press and hit the woodwork soon after before Booty scored his fourth of the Under-18 season against the run of play just before the interval, reacting quickest to get off the floor after a collision with the goalkeeper to place the ball into the empty net.
Leeds had a few half chances to equalise in the early stages of the second half before Town took control and killed off the game with a dominant final 20 minutes.
The killer third goal came with 15 minutes left. Striker Flo Bojaj showed great persistence to win the ball for his side before playing in Jake Charles, who fired the ball into the top corner right footed for his eighth goal of the campaign.
Second year scholar Charles returned the favour in the 84th minute, playing in Bojaj who finished in composed fashion for his fifth in as many games for Town.
Town’s team (4-4-1-1):
Sam Guthrie; Mikey Starkey, William Boyle, Joe Wilkinson (c), Bradley Carroll (Danny Kane, 90); Ben Holmes (Jack Boyle, 85), Philip Billing, Ben Atkinson (Kedesh Goddard, 63), Regan Booty; Jake Charles; Flo Bojaj
Ed Wilczynski, Rekeil Pyke
Ben Atkinson (61); Philip Billing (73)