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U21s Secure Last Minute Win

A last minute header from Marley Bishop secured City Under-21s their first win of the season over Sheffield United at Failand.

Kieran Agard put City ahead early in the second half, before Ben Whiteman equalised for the Blades after Jojo Woolacott saved Diego De Girolamo’s spot-kick.

Deep into injury time Levi Ives’ cross from the byeline was nodded in at the near post by Bishop to give City’s youngsters the three points. 

Agard, Wes Burns and Mark Little were all starters for Wade Elliott’s side and the trio looked sharp in the opening stages as City piled pressure on the visitors.

The hosts were passing the ball around to good effect but failed to test George Long in the Sheffield United goal.

Just before half-time Elliott’s side pressed for the opener using Little as their main outlet.

A sweeping move from left to right saw the senior wing-back collect 25 yards goal and drive down the touchline but his cross just evaded the head of Burns.

But five minutes after the break, City had their lead.

Burns burst down the left and skilfully passed Ioan Evans into the box and laid it on a plate to Agard who slotted into the bottom corner.

Sheffield United almost levelled immediately when De Girolamo crashed his free kick against the bar.

City’s senior trio of Agard, Burns and Little were substituted on the hour for Marley Bishop, Ash Harper and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, and the latter should have double the lead.

Joe Morrell’s long ball found Evans in acres of space but the striker knocked his effort just wide.

It proved costly as United drew level from the resulting play.

Lloyd Kelly illegally halted De Girolamo’s mazy run into the box, but the striker’s penalty was well saved by Woolacott. However, Whiteman tapped in the rebound.

City pushed for a deserved winner and they got it in stoppage-time when Bishop directed Ives’ delivery past the despairing dive of Long.

Bristol City U21: Woolacott, Vyner, Batten, Kelly, Little (Harper 60), Murphy, Morrell, Fry, Burns (Evans 60), Agard (Bishop). Not used: Reed, Andrews.