Ben Parker reacts to McMillan wonder goal for Leeds U18s
Max McMillan scored a stunning goal for the Leeds United Under-18s side on Wednesday night as they beat MK Dons 8-2 in the FA Youth Cup.
Not long after MK Dons were reduced to 10 men for a nasty challenge by Josh Bailey on Keenan Carole, Leeds found themselves piling the misery on the away side at York City’s brand news LNER Community Stadium.
Morten Spencer sprayed a pass out to Carole on the right-wing who cut inside and found a pass to South African teenager McMillan in the box.
The 18-year-old striker then performed a perfect Cruyff turn to beat the defenders and slot the ball into the back of the net.
Former Leeds defender Ben Parker was on co-commentary duty during the match and he was blown away by the skill and build-up play.
“A thing of beauty, is that goal,” said Parker on LUTV on Wednesday night. “The passing, the movement, the patient build-up – superb.
“To have the quality to play in those tight little areas in and around the penalty area, play to peoples’ feet and then a lovely little Cruyff turn.
“It starts with Morten Spencer pinging it over to Keenan Carole. Was he feeling a knock from that challenge? Certainly not. Great little ball [to McMillan].
“You have to say, the turn and the finish from McMillan is a thing of real quality.
“You can see the boys are absolutely delighted.”
Future is bright
Leeds Under-18s completely blew MK Dons away on Wednesday night.
Even though the away side saw themselves reduced to 10 men early on, the Whites’ youngsters were still 2-0 ahead at that point and were absolutely dominating the game.
McMillan was one of a number of young players who stood out at York City’s new stadium and that was mainly down to his simply sublime goal.
Unfortunately we haven’t been able to find a video clip of the goal but hopefully Leeds will upload the highlights on their social media platforms or website for people to view in due course.
McMillan has made 12 appearances in the Under-18s Premier League this season and has even earned a call-up to the Under-23s, playing three times in Premier League 2.
He assisted a goal against Crystal Palace’s Under-23s in one of those Premier League 2 outings and is bound to get more game-time in the elite youth level if he continues to play well and score goals as he did versus MK Dons.
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