Sheffield United's U23s seal their league title with victory at Millwall
Sheffield United’s U23s this afternoon secured their Professional Development League title after winning 2-1 away at Millwall.
United’s youngsters, who have lost only three times all season in the league, picked up their 16th win of the league campaign at Millwall’s training ground, thanks to goals from Zak Brunt and Kyron Gordon.
Both men have had experience of the first-team set-up this season and the youngsters’ success may help lift some of the gloom around Bramall Lane, following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
"It's fully deserved,” Graham Coughlan, United’s coach, said. “The lads have worked really hard for it.
"There's still more to come and still more to achieve. We came here to win the league and we've done that, but we've got a bigger picture. It gives the lads a platform moving forward.”
Knowing that a win would seal the league title, and playing without a number of regulars, United’s youngsters began brightly and went ahead when midfielder Brunt scored from the penalty spot, after former Arsenal youngster Will Lankshear was fouled inside the area in just the fifth minute of the game.
Angelo Cappello, the Belize international, then went close to extending United’s lead before Lankshear was denied his first goal for United’s U23s by an offside flag.
Millwall levelled from the penalty spot, United goalkeeper Marcus Dewhurst sent the wrong way from the spot, but Gordon re-established his side’s lead with a towering header from Harry Boyes’ free-kick.
Boyes and Ryan Viggars went close to extending United’s lead, but it finished 2-1 – and that was enough to bring the title to Bramall Lane.
Blades: Dewhurst, Gordon, Hall, Graham, Gomis, Boyes, Brunt, Neal, Capello (Smith, 80), Lankshear, Viggars. Subs: Amissah, To. Williams, Th. Williams.