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Coventry 3-2 U18s - report

5 November 2012

Jamie Hoyland is delighted with the progress of United's youngsters despite seeing the U18s slip to an unfortunate defeat at Coventry City on Saturday.

After winning 4-1 against Birmingham City in their last outing, six players from that team will feature for the U21s on Monday afternoon, leaving Hoyland lacking experience.

The U18s coach is pleased to see players progressing through the system and he was adamant his youngsters deserved at least a point at the weekend:

"We fielded a really youthful team against Coventry. Despite the defeat, I was delighted with the application of our players.

"It was a tough game, a real physical battle and with a bit more experience I am sure we would have won the game, we certainly didn't deserve to lose.

"Saying that, I am chuffed to see these lads moving through the play under Chris Morgan in the U21, ultimately that is the aim because playing at that level can only aid their development and is more important than winning youth matches."

The home side took the lead in the 21st minute when they capitalised on a poor clearance.

United hit back from the penalty spot after the break. KHAN converting from 12 yards after McDonagh had been hauled down after beating the full back.

Another defensive slip saw City regain their advantage moments later, but again the visitors hit back again and EYRE restored parity from close range in the 74th minute following Scarisbrick header across goal.

The game was settled in the final five minutes when Coventry scored from a deep corner.

Blades: Lynch, Paling, T. Williams, Dimaio, Scarisbrick, Banton, McDonagh, Khan, Heather, Eyre (Wright 82), Coustrain (Heh 76).
Unused: Ptak, Owen, Evans.

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