Four first-half goals do the damage as Blades progress to PDL final
Town U23s were knocked out of the semi-final of the Professional Development League by a clinical Sheffield United side at Bramall Lane.
Will Osula netted a first-half hat-trick after Andre Brooks had opened the scoring to put the game beyond Blues inside the opening 45 minutes.
Tyreece Simpson went the closest at the other end, seeing a shot well-saved moments before United added their second goal.
Town had a chance to open the scoring inside the opening two minutes after winning a free-kick on the edge of the box. Ross Crane stepped up but sent his left-footed effort over the top of the target.
In what was a fast start to the game from both sides, Brooks saw a shot blocked at the other end before Osula's flicked effort deflected wide.
Another opening came for Town on 20 minutes after Simpson latched onto Crane's lofted through ball however Nickseon Gomis recovered well to scupper the chance.
The hosts missed a golden chance a few minutes later; full-backs Oluafemi Seriki and Harry Boyes combining with the latter firing wide from six yards.
His blushes were saved almost instantly as the Blades took the lead; Brooks intercepting a pass deep inside Town territory before slotting into the back of the net.
A big moment at either end followed just after the half hour mark. First, Simpson saw his left-footed half-volley from Tawanda Chirewa's pinpoint ball over the top acrobatically saved by Jordan Amissah before Osula doubled United's lead at the other end; his shot from close range deflecting over Bert White.
Osula added his second and Sheffield United's third four minutes later; his shot from the edge of the box finding its way past White.
And on 41 minutes, Osula completed a nine-minute hat-trick by finishing a slick counter-attack at the back post from Seriki's drilled cross.
The Blades looked to begin the second period as they ended the first, Hassan Ayari heading over from close range before Bailey Clements blocked impressively from Osula's close range strike.
Zak Brunt curled against the crossbar before White tipped Osula's point-blank header around the post as the hosts continued to threaten with almost every attack.
Town began to enjoy more possession but it was United who looked more likely to open the second-half scoring, Boyes' low shot from a tight angle being dragged just wide of the bottom corner.
The impressive Boyes would have added a fifth late on after skipping past a defender but Clements cleared his effort off the line.
Booked: Healy, Gordon.
Sheff Utd: Amissah, Seriki (Hall 62), Gordon, Graham, Gomis, Boyes, Brunt, Neal (C), Brooks, Osula (Maguire 62), Ayari (Hackford 71).
Subs: Dewhurst, Cappell.
Town: White, Andoh, Clements (C), Smith, Crane, Page (Nwabueze 77), Healy, Chirewa (Alexander 56), Ward (Agbaje 62), Simpson, Oppong.
Subs: Ridd, Bradshaw.