WORLD CUP ref Howard Webb was on home ground tonight as he officiated at a lively Millers v Blades friendly at a packed New York stadium.
The game had a delayed 8pm kick off due to the 11,033 souls trying to travel the rainy streets and through the turnstiles.
Howard, in United’s goal, made a smart early save to deny Nardiello.
Pringle had put the ex-Barnsley man through and he attempted to lift the ball over Howard but lost out on the duel.
Pringle, the man of the match, was a willing architect again with a corner which was headed wide by Mullins.
Millers had a goal disallowed, with Webb agreeing with his assistant that Mullins was offside and then United’s Maguire headed against the post from a corner, McAllister putting the rebound wide of target.
Both goals had a charmed life as free-kick from Pringle hit the crossbar.
But the home side conceded when Manchester United loanee John Cofie curled the ball into the top corner from a fair way out for a superb 0-1 Blades lead.
Rotherham fans had to recognise they had gone behind to a quite magnificent effort.
HT Millers 0 Blades 1
Cofie, 19, clearly enjoying himself, tried another attempt at finding Millers’ goal’s top corner, but this time his aim wasn’t as true.
The teenager was eventually replaced by Shaun Miller, amongst the flurry of substitutions.
Millers had their share of the ball, but couldn’t find a way back against their League One neighbours.
Taylor came close from an Odejayi’s flick-on, but shot just over.
But Shearer had to be on his toes to prevent Stephen Quinn getting a United second.
Final: Rotherham United 0 Sheffield United 1
ROTHERHAM UNJITED: Shearer; Bradley, Sharps, Mullins, Wilson; Ainsworth, Noble, Arnason, Pringle; Odejayi, Nardiello. Subs: Warrington, Revell, Taylor, Rose, Ainsworth, Evans, O’Connor, Agard.
SHEFFIELD UNITED: Howard; Westlake, Maguire, Hill, Williams; Flynn, Montgomery, McAllister, Tonne; Porter, Cofie. Subs: Long, McMahon, McFadzean, Quinn, McDonald, Doyle, Miller, Cresswell, Ironside, Philliskirk.
Referee: Howard Webb (Rotherham).
*Read Star writers Les Payne and James Shield in Wednesday’s Star.
*Sheffield United are lining up a move for Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman, it was reported tonight.