By Dave Woods

7th Dec, 2019 | 10:40am

'Second coming of Messi' – These Leeds fans thrilled by one teen star after Elland Rd display

Leeds United Under-18s took centre-stage at Elland Road on Thursday night when they beat Hull 3-1 in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

The stars of tomorrow didn’t get off to the best of starts though, conceding after just 38 seconds under the floodlights after Will Jarvis chipped goalkeeper Cooper Skerry.

They got themselves level in the best way possible after an absolute wonder strike from Josh Shergill.

The 17-year-old left-back, who signed from Walsall in the summer of 2018, unleashed a thunderbolt from the corner of the box that crashed against the crossbar and into the top-right corner of the net.

Charlie Cresswell headed Leeds into the lead just before half-time and secured the tie from the penalty spot in the second 45 after Josh Ward bought down Niklas Haugland.

It was the strike from Shergill that got the Leeds fans excited though, with one announcing him as the ‘next coming of Messi’.

He’s got a way to go before that, with a step up to Carlos Corerban’s Under-23s beckoning next.

Anyone that watched the game would have been very happy with what they saw at Elland Road last night.

Leeds are developing some serious talent in the youth ranks and have a system that’s built for long-term success.

The Leeds Under-18s will now host either Luton Town or Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the FA Youth cup.

Meanwhile, here are some of the excited reactions to Shergill’s wonder goal.

The Leeds first-team travels to Huddersfield on Saturday looking for their sixth win in a row. Three points would take them back to the top of the league, with West Brom playing Swansea on Sunday.

The game kicks off at 12.30pm.

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