Under-21 derby: Blades 1 Owls 1

Connor Dimaio opens the scoring the United U-21s. 'Pic : Martyn Harrison
Connor Dimaio opens the scoring the United U-21s. 'Pic : Martyn Harrison
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Last night’s under-21 derby between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday finished all-square as Connor Dimaio and Ed Sanders pounced either side of half-time. Dimaio, who saw team mates Jamie McDonagh and Sam Berry both come within a whisker of snatching late winners, fired United ahead in spectacular fashion but Sanders restored parity from a well-worked set-piece.

Last night’s under-21 derby between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday finished all-square as Connor Dimaio and Ed Sanders pounced either side of half-time. Dimaio, who saw team mates Jamie McDonagh and Sam Berry both come within a whisker of snatching late winners, fired United ahead in spectacular fashion but Sanders restored parity from a well-worked set-piece.

Stefan Scougall, who marked his return from injury with an inspired cameo during Tuesday evening’s victory at Colchester, was withdrawn at the interval after another lively display. Diego DeGirolamo, United’s Italy youth international, had created an opportunity for the Scottish midfielder after robbing Brad Beatson before Dimaio’s long-range 38th minute finish before moments later shooting wide himself.

Wednesday, who had seen Will De Havilland go close during the dying embers of the first-half, drew level six minutes after the restart when substitute Sanders converted Ryan Croasdale’s corner.

Louis Reed had an attempt smothered by Joe Wildsmith but Wednesday finished the game in more convincing fashion.with Paul Corry and Croasdale testing Iain Turner.

McDonagh and Berry, however, both saw attempts scrambled clear at the death.