The Championship outfit held off a late fightback to secure their passage into the fourth round of the League Cup against a lacklustre Toffees at Elland Road on Tuesday evening
With just four minutes on the clock, White pounced on a loose ball some 35 yards out and set off on a mazy run. Showing terrific close control, he saw off Marouane Fellaini with ease before evading the attentions of Sylvain Distin and curling a superb effort around Jan Mucha to put the home side 1-0 up.
Everton were the team showing nerves against their lower-league opposition, with the combination of White and Michael Brown pulling the strings in the middle against David Moyes’ lacklustre charges.
Luciano Becchio was giving Seamus Coleman a torrid time down the left flank - finding pockets of space with relative ease – however, at the other end of the pitch, Leeds’ weak link was Tom Lees, who seemed to struggle with the attentions of the spirited Victor Anichebe.
Everton could not seem to handle the added impetus the Championship side possessed, but the top-flight side were not helping themselves with a number of below-par performances, including that of Fellaini.
And, as the game entered stoppage time at the end of the first half, Becchio could have – and probably should have – extended Leeds’ lead after getting on the end of an El-Hadji Diouf corner to power a header straight at Mucha, with Steven Naismith hacking the rebound off the line.
Moyes rang the changes at half-time, bringing Steven Pienaar and Phil Neville on for the underwhelming duo of Magaye Gueye and Junior and pushing Fellaini further forward.
The Belgium international immediately had more impact on the game, but the Toffees still struggled to impose themselves.
With an hour played, the Premier League side had still not registered a shot on target – and they could only blame themselves.
Anichebe, who could not be criticised for his lack of effort throughout the game, darted down the left flank before cutting inside and swinging an inch-perfect cross towards Steven Naismith in acres of space, only for the striker to flash the header wide.
And Everton were duly punished as, just minutes later, Diouf rolled a free kick from near the corner flag to the edge of the area for Danny Pugh to guide the ball towards goal and allow Austin to finish off the job from two yards.
However, with 10 minutes remaining, Pienaar lofted in a free kick from 40 yards towards the the industrious Anichebe, who flicked on for Sylvain Distin. The centre-back’s header took a nick off Pugh and looped over Jamie Ashdown to give Everton a flickering hope of a comeback.
But, despite a long-overdue hassling of the Leeds defence, the Premier League side could not find the equaliser following a performance which lacked urgency and desire throughout.