Blades late penalties steal the show

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Sheffield United won an exciting penalty shoot out to advance to the second stage of the League Cup tonight.

After a delayed start in this League Cup first rounder, because of power problems at Victoria Park, United got off to a flyer when Irish midfielder Stephen Quinn nodded home on 29 minutes.

United held on to their lead but Pools kept pressing.

And with just 10 minutes left Antony Sweeney levelled.

Quinn continued to be an inspirational performer as United tried in vain to end it before the end of normal time.

With the tie only attracting 2,774, it was time to put the matter to bed.

Richard Creswell and James Poole had decent chances and on 107 minutes substitute Jordan Slew missed a chance to the left of the goal.

Much to the chagrin of the away support, the game between these League One rivals, drifted to penalties.

Evan Horwood scored first for the home side, cancelled out by Blades’ Scottish defender Neill Collins.

Richard Cresswell gave United fans something to cheer before Poole and Neil Austin converted. Matthew Lowton then banged one home.

Substitute striker Philliskirk scored the decisive (4-3) penalty to put United into the next round.

Att: 2,774

Blades’ starting team and bench: Simonsen, Lowton, Lescinel, Collins, Montgomery, Mendez-Laing, Doyle, Williamson, Maguire, Quinn, Cresswell. Subs: Long, Connelly, Tonne, Harriott, McAllister, Philliskirk, Slew.

*Full analysis on tonight’s match in the Wednesday edition of The Star.