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Ipswich 0-1 U18s - report

17 October 2016

Another goal from defender Sam Graham saw United's U18s return to winning ways with victory at Ipswich on Saturday.

The defender smashed home from close-range early in proceedings in Suffolk, after a corner from Oliver Greaves wasn't cleared properly by the Tractor Boys.

The visitors, who finished the game with ten men following the dismissal of striker Keegan Burton, were good value for the victory, with Harvey Gilmour a standout performer as the unbeaten run was stretched to five matches.

Reflecting on the three points, Lead Coach Derek Geary remarked: "It was a scrappy game with limited goalscoring opportunities, but we had the better of the first-half and worked hard to see the game out, especially after the red card.

"It was a hard fought victory, not the best spectacle, but another win and we're getting into good habits."

United started positively and Ford saw a back heel rebound off the post after good interchange play between Gilmour and Smith down the right, but in the next attack, the Blades weren't to be denied.

Ipswich failed to clear their lines from a corner from Greaves and were punished emphatically as GRAHAM fired home powerfully from inside the box. Before the break, Burton saw a shot saved easily by the home keeper.

On the hour, young stopper Pollard was at his best to deny Town an equaliser, saving excellently diving away to his right.

Tempers flared in the 75th minute and both sides were reduced to ten men, with Burton seeing red for the Blades, but despite heavy pressure for the remainder of the game, the Blades stood firm to ensure they ended the day at the summit of the Professional Development League.

Blades: Pollard, Charlesworth, Graham, Capello, Cantrill, Gilmour, Ford, Greaves (Parkhouse 77), T. Smith, Burton, Constainio (Mallon 69).
Unused: Portman, Warhurst, Hawkes.

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