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Aberdeen suffer defeat in opening Denis Law fixture

Aberdeen FC 0

Sheffield United 1

  • Wednesday, 16 July 2014
  • King's Playing Fields
  • Under 16´s
  • Denis Law Tournament - Group Stage

Daniel McKay | YFS North Region Journalist
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Last year’s Denis Law Tournament runners-up, Aberdeen, fell to a 1-0 defeat in their opening fixture this time round.  Sheffield United beat the Dons in controversial circumstances, with the winning goal coming from a player who may have lucky to still be on the pitch.
Aberdeen threatened first when Bruce Anderson played a great ball through to Connor McLennan who hit the target but couldn’t beat the keeper.  The Dons went close again in the 11th minute.  Seyon Kosheodo showed good strength to hold off a defender in the box before finding McLennan who dragged his shot wide.
Kosheodo was involved again on 17 minutes, breaking down the left wing at pace before blasting his shot over the bar.  Three minutes later a Sheffield United free kick sparked chaos in the Aberdeen box.  The ball in found Keegan Burton whose shot was parried by Reece Willison and eventually scrambled clear after a goal-mouth stramash.
The English side had another chance a minute later when Dylan Parkin tried his luck from the edge of the box but Willison made the save.
Aberdeen then had two goals disallowed for offside in the space of three minutes, and United almost took the lead in between the two incidents.  Frank Koroma raced away down the left and skipped over the challenge from the keeper as he rushed out of his goal.  The danger-man though could only hit the side-netting from a tight angle.
  • Half Time:
  • Aberdeen FC
  • 0-0
  • Sheffield United
Four minutes after the restart McLannan had a wonderful opportunity to head the Dons into the lead but couldn’t hit the target.  Two minutes later Andrew Youngson ran at the United defence, cutting inside from the right but firing over the crossbar.
In the 52nd minute Oliver Greaves wasn’t far away for the Blades, drilling a low effort just past the post from 20 yards.  A minute later McLennan snuck in behind the United defence but Josh Perryman made a good save.
Jordan Hallam had a go from outside the box for the Sheffield team on 56 minutes but couldn’t test Willison.  A couple of minutes later they went close again.  Tom Charlesworth jinked past two defenders into the box and played a neat ball in to Burton whose shot was blocked.
On the hour mark there was a controversial moment when Sheffield United’s Tyler Bates, who had just come on as a substitute, appeared to clash with an opponent off the ball.  The referee missed the incident but after a discussion with his assistant showed Bates a yellow card.
In the 67th minute Anderson went for goal but saw his shot rise up over the bar.  A minute later Sheffield United took the lead.  A corner was swung in to the back post where Bates met it with a superb header which left Willison with no chance.  Aberdeen though will feel the scorer should have been sent off previously.
The Dons did their best to try and get back into the game and McLennan’s powerful effort with six minutes to go brought an excellent save out of Perryman.  But the English side did a good job of seeing the game out and did so with relative ease.  
  • Full Time:
  • Aberdeen FC
  • 0-1
  • Sheffield United


Aberdeen FC
Sheffield United
1. Reece Willison
2. Darren Hynes
3. Bradley Strachan
4. Rory MacEwan
5. Bradley Manson
6. Stewart Rennie
7. Jamie Buglass
8. Liam Strachan
9. Connor McLennan
10. Bruce Anderson
11. Seyon Kosheodo
12. Liam Morrison
14. Andrew Youngson
15. Lewis Wilson
16. Laurie Cunningham
17. Conor Strachan
21. David Craddock
1. Josh Perryman
2. Tom Charlesworth
3. Alex Brown
4. Harry Mitchell
5. Joseph Cummings
6. Callum Semple
7. Jordan Hallam
8. Harvey Gilmour
9. Frank Koroma
10. Keegan Burton
11. Tyler Smith
12. Tyler Bates
13. Dylan Parkin
14. Jake Ford
15. Reegan Slater
16. Nandala Muyakwa
17. Henry Pedler
18 Oliver Greaves
Star Player
Aberdeen FC
Sheffield United
Bruce Anderson worked tirelessly for the Dons and was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet.
A faultless performance from Josh Perryman between the sticks earned his side a clean sheet.
Magic Moment
Aberdeen FC
Sheffield United
McLennan did everything right with his late strike, but a good save prevented him of an excellent equaliser.
Bates' header was worthy of winning any match. Executed to perfection.
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