The U16s 'Blades Cup' kicked off earlier this week, and it is all to play for United going into the second leg against Birmingham City, despite a 2-1 defeat at Sandygate, home of Hallam FC, on Monday night.
The Blades Cup is a competition that has been designed and managed by the Sheffield United Academy.
The staff identified the need in the scholarship programme for competitive cup football in order for our youngsters to be prepared for the youth team and beyond.
With that thought in mind, United invited three likeminded Academy's to compete in the Blades Cup.
Barnsley, Derby County and Birmingham City have all embraced the tournament, competing in the U14 and U15 age groups.
To simulate cup football the Blades have utilised the links with partner Clubs and games have been played in midweek under floodlights at Hallam FC, Stocksbridge Park Steels and AFC Emley who have all been excellent hosts.
Away goals count double and with penalty shootouts also a possibility the players are getting a real taste of competitive cup football.
Birmingham City have won the respective competitions in the U14s and U15s, beating United in the final on both occasions.
The U16 final will be played at Sandygate on Monday 15th December, kick-off 7pm.