Sheffield United: Blades claim under-21 derby honours

Otis Khan (left) and Julian Banton (right) stop Gary Madine
Otis Khan (left) and Julian Banton (right) stop Gary Madine
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Otis Khan both scored two goals apiece as Sheffield United thrashed Sheffield Wednesday in yesterday’s Professional Development League under-21 derby.

Despite naming a young starting eleven, containing several members of their FA Youth Cup squad, Chris Morgan’s team proved too strong for the visitors from Hillsborough who made little impression on the game until the closing stages.

Calvert-Lewin fired United in front after only 10 minutes of what proved to be a one-sided contest with an angled finish after Khan and Diego De Girolamo had combined.

Wednesday, who saw Martin Taylor limp-off through injury, fell further behind when Khan converted from close-range before completing his brace in fortuitous fashion when a looping cross deflected beyond Adam Davies.

Gary Madine, who was joined in Lee Bullen’s squad by experienced midfielder David Prutton, drew a superb reaction save from George Willis after the interval while Jason Paling cleared Luke Clark’s header off the line.

But United had already made sure of the points courtesy of Calvert-Lewin’s scrambled effort following a melee in Wednesday’s penalty area.

United: Willis, Hodder, Palin, Dimaio (Whiteman 62), Banton, McGinty, Khan (Coustrain 62), O’Nien, Calvert-Lewin (Smith 77), De Girolamo, Hamilton. Not used: Reed, Eastwood.

Wednesday: Davies, Foster (Hinchliffe 58), Floro, Taylor (Fenwick 14), McKenzie, Prutton, Stobbs, Oshilaja (Dieseruvwe 46), Madine, Clark, Dawes. Not used: Savic, Lambin.

Goals: Calvert-Lewin (10, 61), Khan (13, 22).