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U18s 2-1 Colchester - report

6 October 2014

United's U18s beat Colchester United 2-1 at Shirecliffe on Saturday, to make it consecutive home wins, following last month's victory over Crystal Palace by the same scoreline.


Despite the U's taking the lead against the run of play at the beginning of the second-half, Jake Wright netted a late winner for United, after substitute Danny Ramsey had equalised with his first touch.


United started brightly and could have gone in front twice in the opening exchanges, the lively Hinchliffe was denied by a last ditched tackle, before Giraud-Hutchinson had an even better chance after excellent work from the aforementioned midfielder.


Colchester were a live threat on the break and from set-pieces though, but Eastwood was assured in goal for the Blades and made a couple of smarts saves to send the teams to the break all-square.


The second-half followed a similar trend to the first period but it was the visitors who took the lead. An excellent run from the U's central midfielder went largely unnoticed by the hosts and he fired home into the top corner from 20 yards out.


Heh almost responded immediately for the Blades after another trademark run from Hinchliffe, before RAMSEY restored parity with his first touch in the 69th minute. Kedman beat three players on the touchline before releasing Hinchliffe who spotted the intelligent run of the substitute who calmly slotted home from just inside the box.


Visibly lifted by the goal, the Blades were now firmly on the front foot and with Slew introduced prompting a change of formation their appeared to be only one likely winner and the youngsters didn't disappoint.


Skipper Gordon curled in a free-kick and WRIGHT reacted quickest to hammer home the loose ball in the 81st minute, after cleverly manipulating the ball on to his right foot.


A tense last ten minutes or so followed but the Blades hung on to net a deserved victory in another entertaining clash at the Redtooth Academy.


Coach Travis Binnion remarked: "The lads played well for long periods in what was a really good footballing spectacle against a good Colchester outfit.


"When we apply ourselves correctly we are a match for anyone, we know need to demonstrate the ability to perform like that against more physical opponents.


"Several lads stepped up to the plate and now we have to find that consistency, especially away from home."


Blades: Eastwood, Charlesworth, Brown (Slew 74), Gordon, Cheeseman, Semple, Heh, Giraud-Hutchinson (Ramsey 69), Wright (Fixter 90), Hinchliffe, Kedman.
Unused: Adebowale, Ramsdale.



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