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Derby 2-2 U18s - report

22 October 2012

United's U18s produced a stirring fight back to deservedly get a share of the spoils against Derby County on Saturday.

An unfortunate Jordan Hodder own goal and a strike from County midfielder Andy Dales put the hosts 2-0 up at half time, but Jahmal Smith gave United hope at Moor Farm before Otis Khan tucked away a late penalty to rescue a point.

Commenting on the game, Blades U18s coach Jamie Hoyland gave his side credit for the determination they showed to earn a point:

"We displayed great resilience and character, especially in the second half. I had spoken to the lads about digging in after we got overrun against Sheffield Wednesday and they responded excellently.

"Obviously we were disappointed to be two goals down at the break, but after the interval we battled hard and gradually wore Derby down, in the end I think we deserved the draw."

Just after the half hour mark a teasing centre from the right was deflected into his own net by HODDER, before DALES was allowed a free header from another inviting cross moments later to double the Rams advantage.

In the 76th minute United responded when Khan freed SMITH, the striker was initially denied but to his credit he followed up the loose ball and lashed home into the roof of the net.

With United chasing the game, they launched a ball deep into the penalty area and in the host of bodies the referee deemed a County defender had handled the ball, KHAN stroked home the resulting spot kick with two minutes left on the clock, but ultimately neither team could muster a winner.

Blades: Lynch, Hodder (Payling 42), T. Williams, Pemberton, Banton, J. Williams, Whiteman (Dimaio 64), Khan, Smith, De Girolamo, Heather (Coustrain 71).
Unused: Scarisbrick, Eyre.

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