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Salford pull off shock with penalty win over Leeds

Salford City goalkeeper Alex Cairns
Former Leeds United goalkeeper Alex Cairns enjoyed a fine night in goal for Salford as they made history

League Two Salford stunned Championship side Leeds with an epic penalty shootout victory to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The fourth tier side eventually went through 9-8 on penalties after Ossama Ashley scored at the second attempt after his initial effort was saved by Karl Darlow but the keeper was adjudged to have come off his line.

The hosts took the lead against the run of play before the break when former Leeds striker Matt Smith powered home a header from 10 yards out.

Pascal Struijk poked home an equaliser for the away side, who hit the woodwork through Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood, after the home side failed to clear a free-kick but the Ammies won out on spot-kicks to reach the third round of the competition for the first time in their history.

They had the chance to win it in the first five kicks but Connor McLennan smashed his effort against the crossbar after ex-Leeds keeper Alex Cairns had saved Georginio Rutter’s tame effort.

Jamie Shackleton hit the angle of the post and bar to set up Ashley to win it for the home team but he briefly looked to have blown it when Darlow went the right way to keep out his spot-kick. However, the referee rightly ordered a retake with the goalkeeper clearly off his line and the 23-year-old made the most of his reprieve.

It was rough on Leeds, who claimed their first league win of the season at Ipswich Town on Saturday, as they were the dominant side throughout but found Cairns in super form in the Salford goal.

Salford will now hope for a plum tie in the third round of the competition, a stage where Manchester United, the club where many of the club’s owners made their names as players, will enter the competition.



Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Cairns
  • 32ShephardSubstituted forMcLennanat 45′minutes
  • 5MariappaBooked at 64mins
  • 16Tilt
  • 24Bolton
  • 14Mallan
  • 7Watson
  • 29GarbuttSubstituted forLundat 73′minutes
  • 4Ashley
  • 9HendrySubstituted forMcAlenyat 70′minutes
  • 17SmithSubstituted forDackersat 88′minutes


  • 8Lund
  • 10Bailey
  • 11McLennan
  • 13Wright
  • 18McAleny
  • 23Berkoe
  • 36Dackers
  • 42Vassell
  • 50Olopade


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 28DarlowBooked at 104mins
  • 17Shackleton
  • 5Cresswell
  • 21Struijk
  • 33Hjelde
  • 22GraySubstituted forGreenwoodat 76′minutes
  • 4Ampadu
  • 29GnontoBooked at 60mins
  • 30GelhardtSubstituted forSinisterraat 61′minutes
  • 10Summerville
  • 24Rutter


  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 13Klaesson
  • 14Rodon
  • 18Gyabi
  • 19Greenwood
  • 23Sinisterra
  • 26Bate
  • 37Drameh

Oliver Langford


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