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U18s 2-1 Crystal Palace - report

22 September 2014

United youngsters returned to winning ways with an impressive victory over Premiership outfit Crystal Palce at Shirecliffe on Saturday.


Following last week's morale boosting 3-3 at Ipswich Town, the Blades were in top form against the Eagles, dominating for long periods, with Daniel Cockerline opening the scoring in the first-half.


The striker then netted his fifth of the season, doubling the hosts lead just after the hour heading home from a Dominic Calvert-Lewin free-kick and although Palace set up a nervy finish with a late goal, the Blades hung on for their first win since the opening day of the season.

Following last week's morale boosting 3-3 at Ipswich Town, the Blades were in top form against the Eagles, dominating for long periods, with Jamie Hinchliffe opening the scoring in the first-half.


Daniel Cockerline doubled the hosts lead just after the hour tapping home from a Dominic Calvert-Lewin free-kick and although Palace set up a nervy finish with a late goal, the Blades hung on for their first win since the opening day of the season.


United started brightly and forced a flurry of corners, although at the other end Eastwood had to be alert to smoother the ball in a dangerous situation.


In the 32nd minute the home side did break the deadlock with an excellent team goal. Kelly clipped the ball into HINCHLIFFE, who exchanged passes with Hallam and Cockerline before coolly slotting past the advancing goalkeeper for his fourth of the season.


The Blades should have made it two before the break, Hinchliffe again ran in behind the Palace defence but a poor touch from Hallam's inch perfect pass saw the opportunity go begging.


Instead, Palace had the chance to restore parity when Cheeseman was adjudged to have handled in the penalty area, but Eastwood guessed the right way, continuing his excellent penalty saving record from last season.


United were quickly out of the blocks in the
second-half and went two up when COCKERLINE scored from close after Calvert-Lewin's deep free-kick was headed across goal.


After missing chances to make the game safe, United had to survive a nervy spell of six minutes injury-time after Palace scored in the 89th minute to give themselves hope of rescuing an undeserved point.


But the youngsters held on to net a pleasing win, much to the delight of Coach Travis Binnion:


"The lads have taken on board the key points from the losses to Leeds and Millwall. We have emphasised the importance of retaining our principles but at the same time been more resolute to stay in games when under pressure.


"We still have a long way to go, but some of the football we played was excellent. We also showed that extra desire to win the game and slowly things are moving in the right direction.


Blades: Eastwood, Brown, Kelly, Evans, Cheeseman, Calvert-Lewin, Hallam (Ishmail 62), Hinchliffe, Heh (Giraud-Hutchinson 84), Cockerline, Wright (Slew 68).
Unused; Ramsdale, Semple.



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