Youth coach Travis Binnion paid tribute to his Bramall Lane babes after they overcame Bradford City on penalties to reach the second round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday.
Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was the hero in the shoot-out, scoring a penalty of his own before denying City’s Daniel Devine and Sumaili Cissa from the spot.
But Binnion, who had seen the tie finish 0-0 after normal and extra time, insists the progression was a team effort.
“Everyone is very pleased with the result and progression,” said Binnion, who joined United aged 12 as an Academy player himself before injury curtailed his playing career.
“We were organised, disciplined and ensured that we kept ourselves in the game throughout the whole 120 minutes.
“Playing in the FA Youth Cup and at Bramall Lane is a big occasion for the lads.
“It is one of the highlights of our season, and we had eight first year scholars out there who were experiencing it for the first time.
“It was our first clean sheet of the season and credit to all who contributed because it was deserved, we limited their chances.
“It was great for Aaron, too; he made a number of saves in normal time and held his nerve in the shoot-out.
“He took the acclaim from his team-mates at the end but it was a team effort and we now look forward to the second round.”
United, meanwhile, are auctioning the shirts they wore during last Saturday’s defeat to Millwall to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.
For the Millwall game, designated as Bramall Lane’s ‘Turn the Lane Pink’ day, United’s players wore special shirts with the Breast Cancer Care logo and game details.
Now, 16 of the matchday 18’s shirts are being auctioned off on eBay. Billy Sharp’s jersey is up for auction at TM Lewin in Meadowhall, while Jose Baxter’s will be raffled off in the Blades Superstore.
Dave McCarthy, United’s operations manager, said: “Saturday gave Sheffield United the opportunity to create awareness and raise funds for such a worthy cause and everyone at the club appreciated the support of the fans who bought the shirts, wore pink t-shirts to the game and clothing and held up the pink cards for the ‘wall of pink’.
“We take our community responsibility seriously at S2 and hope these special match-worn shirts raise a great deal of funds for a wonderful charity.”