Helmond Sport 1:4 Sheffield United (Match Report)

Last updated : 10 July 2011 By BME

Jon Stead got a brace while Stephen Quinn and trialist Diego Biseswar is beleived to have got the others for United. Blackwell's rampant Blades bagged ten goals in the three games they embarked on. Ferencvaros 2:3 Blades, KVK Tienen 1:3 Blades and Helmond Sport 1:4 Blades were all the final scores.

United's troops came out all guns blazing in the new black away strip as they created three chances in the opening 13 minutes. Tonge's free-kick on the edge of the area was appititng but the keeper did well to save. Westerop in the Helmond goal was well positioned to save Tonge's and Morgan's efforts early on.

The Blades came closer and closer when Quinn saw his shot been tipped onto the post by the Helmond keeper on 16 minutes. Seconds later it was Quinn who provided the cross for Billy Sharp who could only head over the crossbar.

New signing Greg Halford got his second assist of pre-season and looks to be a big asset to the team. His pitch perfect cross found an unmarked Stead who could hit the back of the net from close-range to give the Blades a deserved lead.

Stead looked to double his goal tally when he was one on one with the goalkeeper but he saved with his legs. Helmond started to respond with the Blades handful of chances when Hocher's effort was parried away by Kenny.

A cross from Lammens was headed down by Hocher for Derksen who could slot the ball into the net with Kenny and Morgan stranded. Chances galore for both set of teams occurred just before the break but the score line stayed one a piece at the halfway mark.

The weather took a turn for the worst when the heavens opened at half-time when thunder, lightning and showers occurred. Play resumed with Stead and Sharp having equal chances to score another but both didn't take their chances.

Sharp was poaching around the 18 yard box again when his effort was saved by the rushing Westerop. However Kenny's long kick found Stead who could do some nice dribbles and skills past three defenders to smash the ball under the keeper.

Despite being dismissed in the Tienen game, Sun Jihai made an appearance when he replaced Derek Geary. With Greg Halford being substituted at half-time it was Jihai to take the responsibility of the throw-ins.

His long throw found the feet of Stephen Quinn who could thump the ball on his favoured foot past the keeper with the assistance of the post. It was 3:1 to United.

Despite the Official Website stating that Uneken (OG) scored the fourth goal for United, Blades Mad believe it was Sheffield United trialist Diego Bisewar who bagged the final goal.

So after playing three encounters abroad (winning all of them) we will be making trips to the Glanford Park, Gigg Lane and the Galpharm Stadium for the English pre-season friendlies.

Pre-season top goal scorers:
Webber 3
Sharp 2
Stead 2
Carney 1
Quinn 1
Biseswar 1