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3 May 2022

Young Blues win PDL2 South following three points against Blades

Town U23s won the Professional Development League Two South division with a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United this afternoon.

The young Blues secured the three points thanks to goals from Gerard Buabo and Tommy Hughes, the latter having notched a brace at Portman Road.

Buabo had the first chance of the game for Town. Following a strong run which saw the frontman beat two Sheffield United players, his shot was saved by Callum Hiddleston who got low to his right.

The hosts continued to look the more likely to score and went close in the 23rd minute when Hughes' low effort was saved by Hiddleston, before Zak Bradshaw saw his strike deflected over on the follow-up.

Nine minutes before the break the deadlock was broken. After a Blades mix-up at the back, Buabo pounced and tucked the ball into the bottom corner with his right foot. 

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Just two minutes later John McGreal's side had a second. Zanda Siziba chested the ball down to Hughes, who, on the turn, managed to drill the ball past Hiddleston and into the back of the net.

It remained that way until half-time, with chances also few and far between after the break.

In the 67th minute Town made sure of the three points. Hughes delightfully flicked the ball over a Blades defender before casually slotting into the bottom corner with his right foot.

The visitors had a good chance late on but Will Lankshear dragged an effort wide from the middle of the area, as Town comfortably saw out the 90 minutes.

Town will face Coventry City in the PDL play-off semi-final, with a date for the fixture to be confirmed.

The Blades, meanwhile, will host Bristol City having finished top of the North division.

Town: Ridd, Agbaje, Trialist, Bradshaw, Kabongolo, Armin (C), Ward, Humphreys, Buabo (Valentine 80'), Hughes (Manly 88'), Siziba (Nwabueze 66').

Subs: White, H. Barbrook.

Sheff Utd: Hiddleston, Sachdev, Buyabu, Earl, L. Williams (Potter 62'), Freckleton, Peck (C), Hampson (Smith 66'), Lankshear, Gaxha (T Williams 45'), Brooks.

Subs: Angell, Faxon.

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Town U23s sponsored by CNet Training.

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