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Wednesday 0-3 U21s - report

7 April 2015

Stefan Scougall got his second goal in as many games for the U21s, as the Blades comfortably beat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Tuesday afternoon to make it consecutive away wins.

The Scottish midfielder completed 75 minutes as planned at S6, whilst Michael Higdon, on his comeback, came through over 70 minutes of a game United dominated from start to finish, with Joel Coustrain and Ben Davies also getting on the scoresheet.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It was the home side that started positively and the Blades were indebted to Willis for keeping the score goalless early on. Firstly, he produced an excellent right-handed save to deny Meadows, then after the resulting corner had struck the woodwork, the young stopper produced an even better save to stop Maghoma from putting Wednesday in front.

In response, good work from Coustrain created an opening for Higdon in United's first attack of note, but the striker couldn't get a shot away.

In the 19th minute, only a timely intervention from goalkeeper Dawson in the Owls goal prevented Calvert-Lewin from opening the scoring with a fine effort, after Reed had worked hard down the right channel to create the chance.

United's growing pressure did pay off in the next attack, as the Blades took the lead in the 21st minute. In the second phase of play from a corner, Davies laid off and from Coustrain's inviting cross from the left it was SCOUGALL who directed the ball into the net from eight yards out.

The visitors continued to dominant and only a last-ditch clearance off the line from Floro prevented Calvert-Lewin from doubling the advantage with a header from Ben Davies's left-wing corner. United's number 10 was then denied by Dawson after more good play by the lively Coustrain.

With half-time approaching Meadows side footed over the bar when well placed for Wednesday, with May involved in the build-up. At the other end, it was that man Calvert-Lewin who almost deceived Dawson from a tight angle.

Ioan Evans replaced Louis Reed at the break, with Ben Whiteman moving into midfield alongside Connor Dimaio and the Blades picked up from where they had left off, doubling their advantage just before the hour.​ COUS​TRAIN linked up nicely with Calvert-Lewin before firing past Dawson at his near post.

Dimaio then combined with Higdon, but saw his shot saved by Dawson. At the other end, De Havilland headed wide when well placed in the box from a corner.

Higdon and Scougall were replaced as planned pre-match by Wright and Cockerline respectively, as the Owls through Maghoma tried in vain to get a consolation goal.

As the game entered injury-time, Cockerline headed narrowly wide from Coustrain's cross, before the Blades capped a fine performance with a third goal. After Wednesday had been penalised for a back pass, Coustrain laid the ball off to DAVIES who hammered home off the post to put the icing on a deserved victory, the Blades second in succession on the road, following last week's 4-0 success at Bristol City.

Blades: Willis, B. Davies, McFadzean, Dimaio, McGahey, Whiteman, Reed (Evans 45), Scougall (Cockerline 75), Higdon (Wright 71), Calvert-Lewin, Coustrain.
Unused: Eastwood, Paling.

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