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Report: City Under-18s 2-3 Sheffield United Under-18s

A headed double from Louis Britton was not enough for City Under-18s, as they were beaten by Sheffield United on Saturday (March 30th).

Britton got the first of two headers just before 20 minutes, heading in unmarked from a Sam Pearson cross.

Sam Ackroyd equalised for the Blades, before Britton headed in again to put City back in front.

The away side would claim all three points, however, through Harrison Foulstone and an Ackroyd penalty.

City welcomed Sheffield United to Clifton College, but saw the visitors start the better side. Jake Young was played through, but couldn’t keep his effort from going over Lochlan Robertson’s crossbar.

Zak Brunt would also have a chance for the Blades, but his effort was easy for Robertson to save.

And with their first foray forward, City would take the lead. Sam Pearson delivered a ball into the box straight onto the head of the unmarked Britton, who headed in for 1-0.

With the exception of the goal, chances were hard to come by in the game’s opening half. James Taylor had a long-range effort for City, but it was safely blocked for a corner.

The second half, however, saw Sheffield United level within two minutes of the restart. Ackroyd, introduced at half time, fired beyond Robertson for an equaliser.

City would regain their lead moments later, however. Owura Edwards put in a cross with the outside of his boot, which was met by the head of Britton who scored his, and City’s, second.

Sheffield United would find the ball in the back of net, but saw Ackroyd’s effort ruled out for offside. But would claim an equaliser minutes later, with Foulstone finishing beyond the City goalkeeper.

The away side would then have an opportunity to take the lead after Callum Pearson fouled Sam Ompreon. Ackroyd stepped up and scored to put Sheffield United ahead.

Late on, City would come within inches of a last-gasp equaliser. Sam Pearson’s cross into the back post was met by Josh Owers, but he could only find the side-netting with his header.

The Under-18s are back in action on Tuesday (April 2nd), as they welcome Watford to Clifton College.

City Under-18s: Robertson, James Taylor, Soady, Jamie Taylor, C.Pearson, Smith (Owers), Edwards, Towler (Gould), Britton, S.Pearson, Day (Conway). Unused sub: Buse.

Words: Ryan Payne

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