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Watch: How young Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock Farrell earned rave reviews on second Leeds United start

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock Farrell impressed on his second appearance for Leeds.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock Farrell impressed on his second appearance for Leeds.

By Josh Bunting

Leeds United handed Northern Ireland under 21 goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell a first start since 2016 in Wednesday night's 3-0 defeat to Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Manager Paul Heckingbottom had little choice but to throw the 21-year-old between the sticks with regular stoppers Felix Wiedwald dropped to the bench and deputy Andy Lonergan out injured.

However, after picking out man of the match we learned that Northern Ireland have a bright young goalkeeper making his way through the ranks at Elland Road.

He may have conceded three goals, but he certainly kept the score respectable. He was quick off his line and eager to close down on any advancing forwards.

Watch his highlights here:

It is clear to see he has talent and the ability to have a fine career if he is given chances, heather at Leeds or elsewhere.

Peacock-Farrell had first team experience on loan at National League North club York City in October 2017.

He signed his first professional contract at Leeds United in June 2015 having to wait until 2016 to make his first-team debut but after his impressive display last night may grasp the number one jersey until the end of the campaign.

The Darlington-born stopper has already been involved in Michael O’Neil’s Northern Ireland squad in May 2017 for a training camp and once again for the World Cup qualification matches against San Marino and Czech Republic.

His selection though after the opening 20 minutes looked to be a stroke of genius from Heckingbottom as Wiedwald was dropped to the bench following another disappointing display at Middlesbrough last Friday.

Every touch was cheered by the Elland Road faithful giving the assured young stopper much more confidence with each touch he was required to have.

Many Leeds fans have already taken to social media to reflect on Peacock-Farrell’s display as the shining light in what was another poor display from the Yorkshire Whites:

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