SHEFFIELD United edged a step closer towards lifting the FA Youth Cup for the first time in their history with a comfortable win over Millwall last night.
Joe Ironside’s clinical finish and Connor McLaren’s own goal saw John Pemberton’s side reach the fifth round stage where they will entertain either Birmingham or Blackpool.
The visitors’ misery was complete when Jake Gallagher received a red card for a foul on Matthew Harriott and United substitute Connor Martin turned home Jordan Slew’s cross three minutes from time.
Millwall, who have twice lifted the trophy, spurned an early opportunity when David Adedipe flashed a header wide.
But United gradually edged their way back into the contest with Slew, who had already gone close from a tight angle, driving over the crossbar from distance.
But it was Callum McFadzean who came closest to breaking the deadlock following some ragged Millwall defending before Ironside, who had been on target against Cheltenham in the previous round, did exactly that when Slew’s 38th minute shot was only parried.
Adedipe was at the heart of most of Millwall’s best moves and again troubled United’s back four on the counter-attack soon after the interval.
It proved a costly miss when, just before the hour, McLaren turned Slew’s centre into his own net.
But Millwall could count themselves unfortunate not to have been awarded a 78th minute penalty when Long, who later departed with an injury, tripped Adedipe in the box.
UNITED: Long (Willis 82), Montgomery, Anderson (Wilkinson 73), Harriott, Maguire, Kennedy, Gregory, Whitehouse, Ironside (Martin 78), Slew, McFadzean. Not used: Barry, Hinchliffe.