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15th May 2019

Jack Marriott crushes Leeds’ promotion dreams to cap off bonkers semi-final

Reuben Pinder

Death, taxes and Leeds absolutely fucking it

Six goals. Eight yellow cards. Two reds. And one team going to Wembley.

Jack Marriott crushed Leeds United’s promotion hopes with a late winner for Derby County at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

Leeds went into the second leg of this play-off semi-final with a one goal advantage thanks to Kemar Roofe’s winner at Pride Park, but Leeds being Leeds, they crumbled when it mattered most, allowing Derby back into the game.

The first goal of the night was the result of a goalkeeping howler from Kiko Casilla, as the former Real Madrid ‘keeper rushed off his line like an over-excited child who constantly holds down triangle on FIFA 19, before fluffing his clearance, handing Marriott a goal on a silver platter.

Stuart Dallas then levelled the scoring on the night, putting Leeds back in front on aggregate, but it couldn’t stop the tide of Derby attacks.

Mason Mount levelled the aggregate score once again in the first minute of the second half. A Harry Wilson penalty then put Derby in front before Dallas drew level again. It was the definition of end to end.

The score remained level as the teams fought tooth and nail to regain the advantage, but it was Frank Lampard’s team who eventually got the all important goal, as Marriott once again stepped up to dink a shot over Casilla after a marauding run from captain Richard Keogh in the 85th minute.

The Rams’ spectacular victory makes them the first team to lose the first leg of a play-off semi-final at home and go on to proceed to the final. Football, bloody hell.