Eddie Nketiah scored on his Leeds United debut as they swept past League Two Salford City to reach the Carabao Cup second round.

The hosts – watched on by co-owners Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville – looked lively early on but fell behind when on-loan Arsenal striker Nketiah tapped home Helder Costa’s low cross.

Gaetano Berardi doubled Leeds’ advantage, flicking in Costa’s near-post corner, with Mateusz Klich bending in a third from the edge of the box.

Salford, making their debut in the competition after four promotions in five seasons, tested Kiko Casilla through Danny Whitehead and Richie Towell but largely faded in the second half.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson also watched on at the Peninsula Stadium, with Salford co-owned by six of his famous Class of ’92 – including David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.

But after overcoming a sticky start, which saw Leif Davis clear a Towell volley off the line, two-time finalists Leeds grew into the tie.

Jamie Shackleton’s defence-splitting pass led to Nketiah’s opener but Klich grabbed the goal of the game, showing determination and dribbling ability before finding the corner.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side could have had more, though Salford came close to a consolation when Casilla misjudged a cross and Berardi scrambled clear to save his blushes.

Leeds will face fellow Championship side Stoke City in the second round at Elland Road.

Line-ups

Salford

  • 1Neal
  • 25JonesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Pond
  • 6Piergianni
  • 8Maynard
  • 4ThrelkeldSubstituted forGaffneyat 62′minutes
  • 17Towell
  • 18Whitehead
  • 3Touray
  • 29BeesleySubstituted forLloyd-McGoldrickat 69′minutes
  • 20DieseruvweSubstituted forRooneyat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wiseman
  • 9Rooney
  • 10Lloyd-McGoldrick
  • 12Letheren
  • 22Jones
  • 24Smith
  • 30Gaffney

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 28Berardi
  • 5White
  • 40Davis
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forHarrisonat 78′minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 46Shackleton
  • 43KlichBooked at 87mins
  • 47ClarkeSubstituted forMcCalmontat 70′minutes
  • 14NketiahSubstituted forBamfordat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bamford
  • 15Dallas
  • 22Harrison
  • 30Miazek
  • 36Gotts
  • 38McCalmont
  • 44Bogusz
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
4,518

Match Stats

Home TeamSalfordAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home15
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Salford City 0, Leeds United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Salford City 0, Leeds United 3.

Booking

Joey Jones (Salford City) is shown the yellow card.

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joey Jones (Salford City).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Richard Towell.

Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alfie McCalmont.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leif Davis with a cross.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Salford City).

Booking

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Joey Jones (Salford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Salford City).

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Salford City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Richard Towell (Salford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Jones.

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Adam Rooney (Salford City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Whitehead with a cross.

Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Lois Maynard (Salford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).

Adam Rooney (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Patrick Bamford replaces Eddie Nketiah.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jack Harrison replaces Ezgjan Alioski.

Attempt missed. Joey Jones (Salford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Rooney following a corner.

Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Ben White.

Leif Davis (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Salford City).

Attempt missed. Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Alfie McCalmont replaces Jack Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Salford City. Adam Rooney replaces Emmanuel Dieseruvwe.

Substitution

Substitution, Salford City. Danny Lloyd replaces Jake Beesley.

Attempt blocked. Rory Gaffney (Salford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Beesley.

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United).

Carl Piergianni (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben White (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Salford City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.