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QPR 0-2 U18s – match report

18 August 2014

United's U18s began their league campaign in style on Saturday with a richly deserved success over QPR in London.

Daniel Cockerline netted early in each half to ensure the Blades returned to Sheffield with all three points. The performance earnt plenty of praise from coach Travis Binnion, who remarked: "We executed the game plan brilliantly; the back four and goalkeeper were solid and didn't put a foot wrong, the same applies for the rest of the lads.

"Jordan Hallam, who we must remember is 15-year-old, was excellent on his debut in the middle of the park. Dan (Cockerline) will be in the spotlight because of his goals, but his all round performance was tremendous."

The visitors started brightly and had two chances off the back of excellent pressing. Heh regained the ball high up the field and both he and Calvert-Lewin saw efforts blocked inside the penalty area.

Next, Gordon ghosted into the box from the right-back position to meet Kelly's cross, but his volley was acrobatically tipped over from point blank range.

The opening goal duly came in the 11th minute. Hinchliffe and Kedman combined nicely before freeing COCKERLINE, who calmly passed the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

Just after the half hour Hinchliffe could have made it two, before Heh wasted a golden opportunity to double United's lead before half-time.

The second-half followed a similar pattern to the opening 45 minutes and United gave themselves breathing space. COCKERLINE added the finishing touch from close range after an excellent passage of play involving Hallam, Calvert-Lewin and latterly Kedman, who supplied the cross.

A strong finish from the hosts threatened briefly, but Ramsdale and his defenders duly rebuffed the R's best efforts to net a deserved win and clean sheet.

Blades: Ramsdale, Gordon, Kelly, Hallam (Ramsey 64), Evans, Cheeseman, Heh (Wright 71), Calvert-Lewin, Cockerline (Slew 82), Hinchliffe, Kedman.
Unused: Adebowale, Fixter.

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