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Leeds 3-1 U18s - report

17 February 2014

United's U18s slipped to a disappointing defeat to Leeds United at Thorpe Arch on Saturday, despite leading at half-time.

In terrible conditions, United defended resolutely in the opening 45 minutes and went in front somewhat against the run of play through skipper Ioan Evans, who headed home from Otis Kahn's pinpoint delivery.

Leeds started the game brightly and should have scored on a couple of occasions following sloppy defensive work by the Blades. At the other end United looked a threat on the counter attack with Coustrain and Eyre both having half chances.

In what in the 35th minute that EVANS rose highest to head home Khan's centre and United comfortably defended the lead until the break.

The visitors advantage lasted until the hour mark, when MULHERN headed home from close range. Leeds quickly took the lead in the 64th minute after a breakaway led to a shot from the edge of the box from MULHERN which flew past Eastwood, giving the United stopper no chance.

Things went from bad to worse in the 68th minute when Joe Cheeseman saw red for a second bookable offence. United on a rare second-half attack struck the woodwork through substitute Cockerline, before Leeds made the game safe late on through LYMAN.

Coach Travis Binnion admitted his side deserved nothing from the game, remarking: "Leeds thoroughly deserved their victory, they were sharper team throughout and certainly managed the conditions better than ourselves.

"Some of our lads were given different roles and they stuck at it but some had more success than others.

"We are now preparing for the FA Youth Cup tie against Everton and that promises to be a fantastic occasion."

Blades: Eastwood, Scarisbrick (Kedman 72), Banton, Cheeseman, Evans, Reed, Dimaio, Partodikromo (Cockerline 72), Khan, Coustrain, Eyre (Heh 84).
Unused: Owen, Ishmail

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