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Young Blades kick off China tour with draw

24 July 2015

United's U18s started their Chinese campaign with a 1-1 draw against Urumqi FC. The Blades conceded early in the first half but eventually equalised in added time before a crowd of 500.

After a slow start United conceded first through a set piece which alluded goalkeeper Perryman. But a good response saw a number of good chances created through Burton, Slew and Sharvin. The half ended with the Blades in the driving seat.

Played in sweltering heat, the second half saw the tempo upped but without results. Greaves, Mallon, Maw and Litchfield were introduced in an attempt to find an equaliser Gilmour had a free kick expertly tipped onto the bar and the rebound was eventually cleared.

As the pressure mounted, Litchfield earned a penalty when driving into the box between two players. However the goalkeeper confidently saved from Slew. As the game went into five minutes added time it looked like it was going to end in defeat. However Slew redeemed himself, volleying home the equaliser from the edge of the box.

The U18s next game is on Monday, which will see them play in front of 15,000 spectators. The 22 strong squad is visiting Urumqi - the most landlocked city in the world - to gain experience and to spread the message of the Club.

As well as the fixtures, the United youngsters have been introduced to the local media and had a tour around the tourist hotspots of Urumqi.

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