Date: Wednesday, 6th April 1995.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
English Premier League.
United 4 Ipswich Town 0
United: Yeboah (3), Speed. Ipswich
Leeds United: Lukic; Kelly (Couzens),
Pemberton, Wetherall, Dorigo;
Rod Wallace, McAllister, Palmer, Speed; Yeboah,
Deane. Unused Subs: Whelan, Beeney.
Ipswich Town: Forrest; Yallop, Linighan, Swailes, Thompson; Thomsen, Williams, Milton; Slater, Mathie (Gauntchev), Chapman. Unused Subs: Palmer, Baker.
Referee: Mr G.S. Willard (Worthing).
Tony Yeboah was a very influential player for United in the two
years he played for the club mostly with outstanding success. His name was
synonymous with brilliant strikes against Liverpool and Wimbledon, both of which would be included in any
run-down of the finest Premiership goals, but Yeboah
was no one-strike wonder. Ipswich discovered this towards the end of the 1994-95 season,
after the original fixture had been postponed, when he showed that he had
enough ability to destroy teams single-handed.
hat-trick at Elland Road inspired Leeds to a 4-0 victory, and left United
boss Howard Wilkinson purring at the performance of his recent signing from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Wilkinson said: "Perhaps it's too often used, but I thought his finishing
was world-class – every goal." Ipswich manager George Burley could scarcely disagree,
saying: "The difference was the finishing. When you give world-class
players chances they tend to take them, but it was also bad defending on our
Yeboah's impact at Elland Road had been such that, having signed
from Frankfurt for £3.4million in January, he was
ranked as United's top scorer by the time he rattled
home his third goal against Town. The general feeling was that, had Yeboah been on United's books
since the start of the season, a Premiership title challenge might have materialised at Elland Road. But his contribution came too late
to fire Leeds towards the top of the table.
Ipswich held parity for just four minutes
at Elland Road before Gary McAllister's
through-ball saw Tony Yeboah round goalkeeper Craig
Forrest and roll a shot into Town's empty net. His clinical finishing was
matched by Gary Speed in the thirty-first minute as the Welshman's angled
strike gave Leeds a 2-0 advantage and brought up the
fiftieth goal of Speed's career. Ipswich were cannon fodder by
that stage, and Tony Yeboah's finish increased United's lead after Brian Deane had dispossessed Chris Swailes. But Town's miserable first-half was still allowed
to worsen as the African striker completed his hat-trick with a cracking shot
from inside the box on the stroke of half-time.
expected second-half onslaught from Leeds failed to materialise,
although Tony Yeboah headed against the crossbar and
Gary McAllister and Rod Wallace both had strikes disallowed, but Ipswich were already assured of a heavy
defeat. The visitors never came closer than a free-kick from Neil Thompson,
which John Lukic saved, but an Ipswich goal could not have taken the shine
off Yeboah's display. "His goals and perhaps
more importantly his goal threat have given the side that little extra
injection of confidence which comes from seeing good work produce
something," Wilkinson said.
Tony Yeboah (3) and
Gary Speed scored the Leeds goals
John Pemberton was John Lukic kept a clean sheet
settling into the defence
Andy Couzens came on
as substitute. Brian Deane
dispossessed a defender to Gary
McAllister and Rod Wallace both had goals disallowed
lay on the third goal.
Craig Forrester Frank Yallop
and Neil Thompson were the full-backs David Linighan and
Chris Swailes were
was in goal
the central defenders
Claus Thomsen, Geraint Williams, Simon
Milton and Stuart Slater were in midfield
Alex Mathie and ex-Leeds favourite
Lee Chapman were the strikers