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Productive week for Academy

22 July 2013

United's U18s concluded their 'successful and productive' week north of the border with a tour of Hampden Park, prior to their win over Queen's Park.

The Blades hosts, who produced the likes of Neill Collins and Malky Mackay, arranged the visit to Scotland's national stadium and Coach Travis Binnion insisted the trip was a worthwhile experience.

Commenting upon their return, Binnion remarked: "Queens Park were very accommodating and we thank them for their hospitality.

"The trip has been excellent, from start to finish. It is an important part of the boys' development, both on and off the field. They have worked hard and are gradually improving their understanding and match sharpness.

"We now look forward to playing some local senior opposition in the coming weeks to give the lads' increased playing time against more experienced and physically stronger opponents.

In the end, United ran out comprehensive 4-0 winners over Queens Park.

Jason Paling opened the scoring in the 25th minute after combining with Reed to score is second goal in consecutive games from full-back.

The second goal wasn't long in coming; Reed freed the advancing Ptak who neatly brought the ball now before being upended in the box. Otis Khan tucked away the resulting penalty.

Khan added his second and United's third in the 40th minute, again from the spot, after Cockerline's goal bound effort was handled in the box.

The second half was played at a slower tempo with United keeping the ball for long periods.

A fourth and final goal came when Joel Coustrain worked his way into the box and finished at the second attempt with his right foot.

United's U18s travel to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Monday evening to continue pre-season preparations. Kick-off is 7.45pm and ticket prices are Adults/OAPs £5, one accompanied child under 16 Free, additional children under 16 £2 each.

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