ACTION IN THE AREA: Skipper Ryan Qualter fires Ossett Town into the ascendancy early in the first half
OSSETT TOWN were denied a memorable pre-season triumph as Leeds United Under-21s equalised from the penalty spot late on, drawing 2-2.
Inspired, with over 900 fans packed into Ingfield, Town started brightly and went into half time a goal to the good.
The visitors replied shortly after the restart, but Ossett came up with the goods once more setting up a truly thrilling finish.
Right from the kick-off the hosts ensured Leeds, who had included a host of first-team players, were in for a testing evening.
Ross Hannity combined with Andrew Fox to force a corner inside the opening 60 seconds, but United weathered the storm before talking an early lead via Alex Mowatt.
Credit to Ossett, though, they upped the ante and and were not behind for long.
Ryan Qualter headed a Luke Richardson free-kick into the box and striker Andrew Fox was left with the easiest of finishes to make it 1-1.
With their tails up, Town moved into the ascendancy on the stroke of half-time through skipper Qualter, who turned home a Luke Sharry free-kick.
There was no denying the quality of the young Leeds United squad, but few could argue with Town’s thoroughly-deserved lead.
And Craig Elliott’s side picked up from where they had left off after the break, Scott McGory hitting the bar three minutes in.
United first-teamer Ryan Hall went close in reply.
And his effort appeared to lift the under-21s outfit, who levelled matters shortly after as Hall hammered home a penalty following a foul inside the box.
Leeds pushed for a winner during the closing stages but Town brilliantly stood firm, earn a morale-boosting draw on home soil.