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10 May 2017 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Sheffield United
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Coventry City

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U18s 1-0 Coventry - report

10 May 2017

There is another trophy heading to the Blades cabinet!

Jordan Hallam's first-half goal was enough for United's U18s to see off Coventry City and win the Professional Development League 2 play-off final at Bramall Lane on Wednesday evening.

The Blades, who ended the campaign 15 matches unbeaten, were full value for their victory, with Hallam scoring on the rebound after Tyler Smith had been denied.

In front of a healthy crowd on a bright evening, the Blades had appeals for a penalty waved away inside the first couple of minutes as Hallam and Green tangled chasing a loose ball and moments later Norrington-Davies forced a save from Skuza after Parkhouse's flick on wasn't cleared.

Nerves were playing a big part in the final, firstly Warhurst almost slipped up trying to collect a loose ball under pressure Ponticelli, then at the other end, Skuza fumbled a cross from the right, which almost allowed Hallam a chance to pounce, only for Hickman to clear in the nick of time.

With 28 minutes on the watch the Blades should have taken the lead. Gilmour freed Norrington-Davies down the left and his cross was inch perfect on to the head of Smith, but he couldn't direct his effort on target. Smith, playing in an advanced role on the right, then latched onto Hirst's flick on before being denied by Skuza.

With half-time approaching, referee Mulhall waved away strong cries for a penalty as Ford appeared to clip the heels of Hallam, but United weren't to be denied. Smith got the better of Camwell and although Skuza saved his driving effort, that man HALLAM was on the spot to tuck home the rebound from close-range.

Norrington-Davies was booked for a tackle on Bayliss, before Smith came so close to adding a second. Ford recklessly gave the ball away for the Sky Blues, who needed Skuza to save diving away, full-stretch to his right. But Ford's next contribution was to save his team, clearing at the second attempt, off the line, from Charlesworth low cross.

Deep into first-half stoppage-time, City almost snatched a leveller against the run of play, as Warhurst almost allowed Camwell's long-range effort to squirm under his body, thankfully it was wide of the post.

United were quickly out of the blocks in the second-half, Green almost fired into his own net, before Hallam hit the crossbar following a well worked corner on the right. The pressure continued, Parkhouse was denied, before Skuza was quickly off his line to smooth an effort from Hirst. At the other end, Norrington-Davies produced a timely intervention after good work by Stedman.

Coventry were growing into the game as the second-half progressed and wasted a good chance to restore parity. Skipper Bayliss skipped clear through midfield and played in Finn, but a poor first touch under pressure from Charlesworth saw the opportunity go to waste.

In the 75th minute, it was United who nearly scored again. Smith saw his goal bound header from Hallam's corner cleared off the line by Hickman and on the rebound Graham powered an effort inches wide. For the visitors, Thompson saw yellow for a blatant tug of Smith's shirt and then Ponticelli suffered the same fate for a late challenge on Charlesworth.

A flurry of substitutions took place, prior to their been four minutes of added time signalled and Parkhouse almost got the better of Skuza on the break. Tempers nearly boiled over in stoppage-time and Coventry had calls for a penalty waved away at the death.But it mattered not as the Blades saw out the game to lift another piece of silverware.

Blades: Warhurst, Charlesworth, Norrington-Davies, Gilmour, Graham, Cantrill, T. Smith (Greaves 90), Slater (Ford 85), Parkhouse, Hallam, Hirst (Hawkes 76).
Unused: Perryman, Ferguson.

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