Sheffield United's Under 23s started their league campaign in the perfect fashion with a well-earned 3-1 win away at Cardiff City.
Goals from Jake Young and Reece York in an end-to-end 15-minute period straight after the break ultimately earned the Blades the three points before Young added his second late on.
It was an even contest for the most part and it certainly started that way as both sides struggled to create meaningful chances early on.
Simon Spence was played through on goal for the hosts but was denied by Marcus Dewhurst, before Sammy Ompreon turned an effort wide from a corner and was denied by Cardiff goalkeeper Warren Burwood soon after.
It looked almost certain Cardiff would take the lead when Jack Bodenham connected with a corner, but somehow Dewhurst palmed away the powerful header on the line.
Spence should have given the hosts the lead when he fired over from close range at the start of the second half, and his side were punished almost immediately when Young was slipped in down the other end, turned his marker and fired low past Burwood.
But as soon as United were ahead, it was all level again. A cross from the right was eventually fired home from close range by Laurence Wootton and United had to do it all again.
And do it all again they did. Just six minutes had passed before a neat passing move including Harry Boyes and Zak Brunt ended in York dinking a finish over the goalkeeper and in off the far post.
From then on Cardiff tried to pressure for an equaliser as much as they could but United stood firm in defence and Dewhurst wasn't overly tested in goal.
The game was put to bed just under 10 minutes from the end when a cross found Young, the striker's first effort was blocked before he emphatically fired home his second and United's third from inside the penalty box.
Blades: Dewhurst, Ferguson, Belehouan, York, Gordon, Broadbent, Sheppeard (Mallon 53), Brunt, Ompreon, Young, Boyes.
Unused: Amissah, Neal, Ndiaye, Hall.