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Report: Sheffield United U18s 3-1 Bristol City U18s

City’s FA Youth Cup journey was cut short by the Blades but the Young Robins left Bramall Lane with their heads high.

The first City team to reach the last 16 of this competition for the first time in 11 years were unable to fully recover from a 10th-minute Hassan Ayari goal.

And though captain Alex Scott pulled a goal back from the penalty spot – his third goal in as many Cup games – when Dylan Kadji was brought down, it was not to be their day as a double from Daniel Jebbison secured United’s victory.

City almost opened the lead in the fourth minute when Scott hit the post with a deflected cross from a short corner.

And that was to be the story of their evening as Ayman Benarous saw a left-foot shot palmed away and Khari Allen’s header hit the bar.

The Blades had little cutting edge in the first 10 minutes but they made it count when they had the chance with Ayari controlling a cross in the box and firing past Luca Smith.

The goalkeeper, hero of the hour in the fourth-round penalty shoot-out win at Fleetwood Town, got down well to cut out a cross before his opposite number Callum Hiddleston did the same with a one-handed save to deny Benarous.

City trailed 1-0 at the break and went further behind within five minutes of the restart when Jebbison fired in at the far post.

It was a blow to the Robins but they stuck at the task and only the woodwork denied Allen.

Switching Kadji up front as Omar Taylor-Clarke replaced Prince Henry – scorer of the winner in third round win at Nottingham Forest - paid off as the No 7 was brought down and Scott made no mistake from the penalty spot.

But then came the hammer blow as Jebbison got between the defence in the box and steered the ball past Smith.

A final push saw City press their hosts but they were unable to reap more from their deserving efforts.

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