Sheffield United: Blades news and reports.
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GOALS from youngsters such as Joe Ironside, Erik Tonne and John Cofie will have pleased Danny Wilson no end, writes James Shield.

But the real story of this match, from a Sheffield United perspective at least, was the sight of Kevin McDonald strutting his stuff in midfield during the first match of their Maltese tour.

Corinthians, who finished fourth in the Maltese First Division last term, were never expected to provide the same obdurate opposition United can expect to encounter at Hibernians Wednesday evening.

But the fact they managed to keep United at bay for barely two minutes - Ironside poking home from close range after Danny Philliskirk had earlier forced a fine save from Ranier Farrugia - will probably have disappointed even the travelling army of supporters who had made the long journey from South Yorkshire.

When Neill Collins doubled the tourists’ advantage seven minutes later, any hopes they had of watching a genuine contest disappeared.

Philliskirk, who delivered an impressive display on this pitch against Sliema Wanderers 12 months ago, was clearly intent on catching Wilson’s eye again.

Farrugia, whose hulking frame seemed to cover his entire goal, again denied the United striker before trialist Mike Mumpaye combined with McDonald to create a third; Tonne applying the finishing touch midway through the opening period.

Matthew Pisani turned into his own net and Cofie claimed a fine solo effort during the closing stages.

Zejtun: R Farrugia, A Farrugia, Azzopardi, Cauchi, Magro, Pisani, Vukovic, Zahra, Zarb, Carabott, Bost.

United: Long, Mumpaye (Westlake 64), Maguire, Collins, Williams (McAllister 64), Flynn (Chappell 55), McDonald (Montgomery 46), Harriott (Doyle 46), Philliskirk (Cofie 46), Ironside (Cresswell 46), Tonne (Quinn 46). Not used: Howard.

For full match report and coverage from James Shield in Malta see The Star on Tuesday.