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Derby 1-5 U18s report

21 October 2013

United's U18s returned to winning ways in resounding style against Derby County on Saturday.

Ben Whiteman, Dominic Lewin, Otis Khan, Jason Paling and Kler Heh all got on the scoresheet as the Blades recovered from falling behind early on.

Wright and Cockerline started in attack for the visitors and caused problems for the Rams defence from the off.

Heh and Lewin were also bright in the opening exchanges, but Derby took the lead in the 20th minute after good work by the winger down the right created an opportunity in the penalty area.

United almost responded immediately, Wright crossed into the box, but despite the best efforts of Cockerline and Heh the ball evaded the Blades attacking duo.

With the next attack United levelled though, Lewin interchanged with Wright, before cutting the ball back for the advancing WHITEMAN to fire into the roof of the net from 12 yards to restore parity before half-time.

United started the second-half brightly and after a flurry of corners, LEWIN poked home Whiteman's delivery to put the Blades in front.

Two quickly became three when substitute KHAN scored a fantastic goal, shooting on the angle into the top corner, his fourth goal in six league games from midfield.

To their credit Derby refused to go down without a fight and should have reduced the arrears on a couple of occasions.

United then settled the contest and gave the scoreline a dominant look with two swift counter attacks late on.

Firstly, HEH wriggled past two defenders and looped his shot beyond the goalkeeper to make it four, before PAILING showed fantastic energy to apply the finishing touch to an inch perfect pass from Khan to add the fifth.

Coach Travis Binnion was understandably delighted with the attacking intent his side demonstrated, but admitted there remains room for further improvement.

He commented: "What was pleasing was the quality of our play in the final third. We scored quality goals and looked a threat each time we went forward.

"We can still improve in possession and defensively we allowed the opposition too many chances, but we will continue to address these aspects of our performance on the training ground."

Blades: Eastwood, Paling, Ptak, Ishmail (Dimaio 59), Cheeseman, Banton, Lewin, Whiteman (Scarisbrick 81), Wright (Khan 54), Cockerline, Heh.
Unused: Owen, Evans.

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