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2-2
23 November 2019 Venue Eddie Davies Academy Attendance

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Bolton Wanderers
2 - 2
Sheffield United

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Bolton 2-2 Under 18s - report

23 November 2019

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Sheffield United's Under 18s conceded a late equaliser which left them dropping two points against Bolton Wanderers in a game they should have been out of sight in.

The Blades had countless chances against a Wanderers side reduced to ten men during the first half, but a spirited performance from the hosts led to them twice pegging United back, though the visitors had a last-gasp goal disallowed for an apparent offside.

Gusty conditions throughout made it difficult for the young Blades to find their usual passing rhythm but they did start to create chances early on in the game as Leo Gaxha fired a volley over inside 10 minutes.

Angelo Cappello then hit the bar from point-blank range, the first of three times Blades would strike the bar during the game, but minutes later it didn't matter when Sam Ackroyd headed home Zak Brunt' cross from the left.

10 minutes later D'Neal Richards received a straight red card for a trip on Ackroyd when the forward was in on goal, but United struggled to make their advantage count as Bolton banked up inside their own half and frustrated the United attack.

Ackroyd then hit the bar via a super fingertip save from the Bolton goalkeeper before Gaxha was then denied by a good save moments later.

Early on in the second half Bolton equalised with their first real attack of the game. Brown-Sterling was allowed to run and shoot from distance with his effort finding the corner to make it 1-1.

Gaxha volleyed over from close range soon after before Cappello missed a huge opportunity when he slid the ball wide with the goal gaping as the Blades regained momentum.

With just over 20 minutes to go the pressure told. Cappello stood a cross up from the right and youngster Finley Potter headed home his first goal at under 18 level.

But still the Blades couldn't put the ball to bed. Ackroyd hit the bar for a second time before substitute Ryan Viggars fired wide when through on goal, and their wastefulness told when Bolton equalised with a back post tap in after Sam Kelly couldn't hold onto a ball across the face of goal.

United searched hard for a late winner and thought they had it when Frankie Maguire bundled home in the 95th minute, but the linesman's flag denied any late celebrations.


Blades:
S. Kelly, J. Kelly, Foulstone, Neal, Williams, Potter, Gaxha (Jebbison 81), Maguire, Ackroyd (Viggars 77), Brunt, Capello.
Unused subs: Hampshaw, Seriki, Skerritt.

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