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Geary proud of youngsters

11 May 2017

Derek Geary believes United U18s lifting the Professional Development League 2 play-off final trophy at Bramall Lane was a 'fitting end to a wonderful season' for the youngsters.

Jordan Hallam's first-half strike proved decisive as United's youngsters, who haven't lost since early December, overcame Coventry City in front of a crowd of 1,621 at the Lane on Wednesday evening.

And Geary, in his first season in charge of the Blades youth team was a proud man post-match, but heaped the praise on his players rather than taking any of the plaudits himself.

Reflecting on the all-important victory, the popular former defender remarked: "It's a fantastic night for the boys and it has been a memorable season for the whole club.

"We've seen some specials moments with the first-team this season and we wanted to feel that buzz too, so it is a fitting end to a wonderful season.

"We've worked hard, it hasn't always been easy, but this is a fantastic group of youngsters who have wanted to learn and improve throughout and they deserve this moment."

Geary continued: "It's my first season with them and they've given me everything and more. I'd like to think I have given them everything back, but really it is them that have gone out there and got the results week after week.

"We are proud of what we've achieved, we've had a fantastic unbeaten run and I just want the players to enjoy it because you don't know when something like this will come around again.

"It is certainly an experience and night they should remember for a long, long time."

For the record, the young Blades won the north title by 14 points, won the play-offs without conceding a goal and ended the season 15 games unbeaten.

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