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U18s 2-3 Bristol City - report

26 March 2018

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A very young United side fell to a harsh defeat in dramatic fashion against Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.

Despite goals from Angelo Capello and Jacob Kelly, the Blades slipped were beaten by the Robins at Shirecliffe.

The game started at breakneck speed as United took the lead after just 40 seconds. CAPELLO picked up the ball on the edge of the box and drove low and hard into the far bottom corner.

However just a minute later the scores were level as the Blades were caught out down the right hand side and a low cross was turned home at the back post.

The Blades had a chance to retake the lead on seven minutes when a free kick from Potts fell kindly for Kelly, but the winger couldn't keep his effort down.

But on 15 minutes, the third goal of the game did arrive and it went United's way as Oure played in KELLY who dropped his shoulder twice to beat two defenders and curled into the far corner.

Whilst it was longer than the last, this lead didn't last too long either as a defensive mix-up saw City through, the initial effort was blocked but eventually the ball was forced in with the clock still only on 23 minutes.

After the break United would pile on the pressure in an effort to find a winner with substitute Ackroyd being denied multiple times, most notably from a Potts cross into the back post where his header was well saved.

The Blades were denied a third goal in controversial circumstances as Ackroyd went through and slotted in but the referee had pulled play back for a United free-kick rather than playing the advantage.

Deep into stoppage time, the Blades would be made to rue those aforementioned missed opportunities, in the cruellest of fashion, as City won a game of pinball in the United area to undeservedly snatch all three points.

Blades: S. Kelly, Cantrill (Weaver 65), Boyes, Williams, Belehouan, Neal, J. Kelly, Potts, Oure (Ackroyd 65), Ompreon (Portman 82), Capello.
Unused: Foulstone.

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