Spireites Draw Against Leeds.
A second-half brace from Sam Morsy either side of two Rodolph Austin penalties sealed a 2-2 draw between the two sides in this pre-season friendly.
In the opening moments, Daniel Jones crossed low to the feet of Eoin Doyle who stabbed the ball narrowly wide of the post. Morsy forced a strong save from visiting goalkeeper Marco Silvestri after receiving a neat through-ball from Gary Roberts.
Another defence-splitting pass from Roberts made its way to Doyle who looked destined to score, only to be denied by a magnificent diving save from Silvestri. Matt Smith broke free of the Chesterfield defence and tested the reactions of Tommy Lee, even though the linesman’s flag was already raised for off-side.
Following a free-kick that was rashly cleared by the Spireites’ defence, Austin tried his luck from range but failed to hit the target. On the stroke of half-time, Doyle found himself in acres of space although the Irishman’s cross sailed straight into the stands.
Immediately after the re-start, the visitors were awarded a penalty after Jimmy Ryan brought down Luke Murphy inside the area. Austin stepped up to take the spot-kick and calmly finished to the right-hand side of Lee to give his side an early advantage in the second period.
On 55 minutes, the Spireites levelled the scoreline through Morsy’s low drive into the bottom left-hand corner of the net after the midfielder received the ball from Armand Gnanduillet. Eleven minutes later, Chesterfield completed the comeback and went in front as Morsy once again showed his nerve to finish low past Silvestri from close range.
With four minutes of normal time left to play, Leeds were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon after Jones clipped the legs of Sam Byram. Austin stepped up once again and dispatched the spot-kick with ease.