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Scottish success for U16s

21 July 2014

United's U16s have recently performed admirably in the Denis Law Tournament in Aberdeen.

The Blades were beaten in the final of the well respected competition north of the border, beaten by Scottish giants Celtic, but the youngsters certainly pushed the green and whites all the way in search of glory.

Academy Manager Nick Cox commented: "The last week or so has been a great experience for our players. The lads will benefit from this exposure massively in the future and they have represented Sheffield United with distinction."

United won their first game against the hosts, with Tyler Bates scoring the only goal of the game from a Harvey Gilmore corner.

Gilmore opened the scoring in the Blades second game, a 4-0 victory over Lewes United. Jordan Hallam, Frankie Koroma and U14 prospect Oliver Greaves also getting on the scoresheet.

The Blades third encounter was a much closer affair, with United edging out Dundee 2-1, with Gilmore netting a decisive free-kick late on. Koroma had earlier opened the scoring.

The final group clash, a dress rehearsal for the final, saw United beaten 5-0 by the eventual winners Celtic, although the scoreline was harsh on the Blades, who included three U14 players.

So on to the final, it ended in a 6-3 defeat, despite the Blades leading 3-2 at half-time.

Arguably the game swung on the untimely dismissal of Koroma for an off the ball incident. United's scorers were Tyler Smith, Hallam and the impressive Gilmore.

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