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U21s 2-0 Crewe - report

29 February 2016

United's U21s are now 14 games unbeaten in the Professional Development League, following a comfortable 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra on Monday afternoon.

Diego De Girolamo scored in the first-half, before Jake Wright's penalty in the second period made sure of all three points at the Look Local Stadium, home of Stocksbridge Park Steels, to secure a third win on the spin.

The Blades dominated the opening exchanges and Wright had a number of clear cut chances in the first-half hour, whilst at the other end, Ramsdale was rarely tested although commanded his box confidently.

The hosts made their pressure count in the 33rd minute as DE GIROLAMO opened the scored after being teed up by Wright following Brooks's impressive diagonal ball.

And the Blades doubled their advantage in the second period when WRIGHT converted from the penalty spot after his goal bound effort was handled by a Alex defender.

In truth the winning margin could have been far greater, but Coach Travis Binnion was delighted to see his young side continue their excellent form and in the process move to the top of Professional Development League Two by two points.

He remarked: "The run keeps going and the players deserve all the credit. We have been a young side now for a number of weeks, but still we have consistently won our games against some decent opposition, including Championship sides.

"This was a deserved win, Crewe were in the game and looked a threat from set-pieces and on the counter attack, but really we could have won the game by a few more.

"The lads work hard for each other, we have a genuine togetherness and team spirit and a lot of these players are pushing hard to move up to the next level, just like the U18s are in their respective league following seven straight wins.

"We finished the game with eight scholars on the field which is a major positive for the future and the aim within both age groups is to secure a top two finish which would see us face a semi-final play-off with the winners of the southern section."

Blades: Ramsdale, Gordon, Kelly, Gilmour, Kennedy, Semple, McFadzean (Hallam 78), Brooks, Wright, De Girolamo (T. Smith 73), K. Smith.
Unused: Charlesworth, Eastwood, Adebowale.

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