United's U18s produced a spirited display to win at Crystal Palace on
Saturday, to extend the current unbeaten run to five matches.
Two goals late in the first-half from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Daniel
Cockerline saw the Blades recover from falling a goal behind to take the
United started the game strongly with Calvert-Lewin, Khan and Cockerline
all linking up well in the offensive third.
Despite the bright start the visitors fell behind midway through the
first-half, a Palace winger beat Paling and Ishmail before cutting back
for the unmarked striker to fire past goalkeeper Owen.
Palace, buoyed by their opening goal, then enjoyed a ten minute spell of
possession, but despite being on the back foot the Blades defended well.
In the 34th minute, a sublime goal levelled matters. CALVERT-LEWIN broke
forward and exchanged passes with Cockerline before dinking the ball
over the advancing goalkeeper from an unfavorable angle.
Reed replaced the injured Ishmail which forced a defensive reshuffle,
but COCKERLINE lifted the Blades spirits further by forcing a mistake
from the Palace number one, which resulted in him scoring from
close-range on the stroke of the half-time whistle.
The second-half began with a lengthy disruption following a collision
between Owen and the Palace striker, which resulted in treatment for the
From the restart Palace had the upper hand territorially but United
remained resolute and in the end had chances to add to their advantage
through Wright, Evans, Reed and Khan.
Coach Travis Binnion commented: "It was a excellent solid performance,
we showed great character and deserved the win.
"Calvert-Lewin's goal was an excellent piece of skill and he is really
starting to find his best form now, as are a number of other lads."
Blades: Owen, Scarisbrick, Paling, Ishmail (Reed 41), Evans, Banton,
Whiteman, Calvert-Lewin (Heh 79), Cockerline (Wright 59), Khan, Dimaio.
Unused: Eastwood, Cheeseman.