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Leeds go goal crazy against Italian minnows
9:30pm Thursday 10th July 2014 in Sport
Leeds United began their pre-season schedule with a comprehensive 16-0 thumping of Italian amateurs FC Gherdeina.
Matt Smith scored six goals and Noel Hunt completed a hat-trick as new head coach David Hockaday watched his side produce a record-breaking display.
The victory in northern Italy was United’s biggest ever in a pre-season fixture, eclipsing a 15-0 rout of Swedish club Byske back in 1999.
Hunt’s treble, backed up by Steve Morison (2), Lewis Walters and David Norris made it 7-0 at the interval, before Hockaday made wholesale changes for the second half.
Smith then dominated the scoring with his double hat-trick as Dominic Poleon (2) and Luke Murphy completed the tally.