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Newcastle 0-2 U23s - report

22 September 2016

United begun their Central League Cup campaign with a deserved victory over Championship opposition on Thursday afternoon.

The Blades started the fixture against Newcastle
United with seven U18s in the starting XI, including a first start for 16-year-old centre-back Sam Graham and it was the in-form Jordan Hallam with his second in as many matches for the U23s who opened the scoring just after the half hour, James Wallace claimed the assist.

George Long and Cameron Stewart both played 90 minutes in what was otherwise a youthful team, but the points were sealed with just over 20 minutes remaining, as skipper Callum Semple got his first of the season to cap thoroughly deserved win against the Toon Army in the North-East.

Reflecting on the success, Academy Manager Travis Binnion remarked: "Firstly, credit to the senior players, the three of them all led by example and the youngsters followed suit.

"Jordan was excellent a again and has picked up this season where he left of last season. He is improving all the time and always looks a goalscoring threat whatever level he plays at.

"We were young and that might happen in this competition, but it is giving the lads a fantastic opportunity and hopefully there are more performances like this to come.

"Along with Sam Graham, who started the game, U18s skipper Regan Slater also got his first taste of U23s football and it was extremely pleasing how we handle ourselves and saw the game out."

Blades: Long, Charlesworth (Cummings 59), A. Brown, Gilmour, Graham, Semple, Stewart, J. Wallace (Slater 74), Hallam (Ford 79), T. Smith, K. Smith.
Unused: Perryman, Burton.

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