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U21 report: Blades v Owls

20 February 2023

Match Reports

U21 report: Blades v Owls

20 February 2023

Ten-man Wednesday left Bramall Lane empty-handed as Sheffield United won the Under-21s Steel City contest 1-0.

Adam Alimi-Adetoro was sent off in the first half but Neil Thompson’s side gave a good account of themselves against the Professional Development League leaders despite their numerical disadvantage.

However, a second half header from Louie Marsh sealed three points and the bragging rights for the Blades in S2.

There were valuable minutes for first team pair Tyreeq Bakinson and Jaden Brown, with Darren Moore watching from the stands.


After an incident-free opening, the Owls had an excellent chance to open the scoring just after the half-hour mark.

Bakinson met Rio Shipston’s corner with a powerful header but former Wednesday keeper Adam Davies pulled off an outstanding stop to deny the midfielder.

Shortly after, the Owls were reduced to 10 men when Alimi-Adetoro was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Antwoine Hackford when the striker was bearing down on goal.


Jack Hall was equal to a long range hit from Hackford before Wednesday went into the break to regroup, bringing on Josh Ashman to restore our defensive back three.

Ismaila Coulibaly curled goalwards from a free kick early into the second period, but Hall caught the shot comfortably.

Substitute Ashman raced into the box to meet a Shipston corner only for his header to clear the crossbar.

United took the lead on 67 minutes, John Fleck dinked an accurate cross onto the head of Marsh, who nodded into the far corner.

Jili Buyabu was next to test the Owls shot-stopper, turning inside from the left and firing into the grasp of Hall before the derby was brought to a close with the hosts triumphant.


Wednesday: Hall, Maltby, Alimi-Adetoro (s/o 35), Reed, Fusire, Brown, Bakinson, Shipston (Onukwuli 75), Glover, Durrant (Trueman 75), Cook (Ashman 45)

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