The University of Sheffield Football 2s were defeated 2-1 by Sheffield Hallam 2s on Wednesday.
Two defensive errors from The University of Sheffield saw Hallam pick up the three points against their fiercest rivals.
The game began in a surprisingly subdued manner with Uni of dominating possession.
A free-kick whipped in from the far side saw Moseley open the scoring for Hallam, only for the referee to deem that the goal was offside.
It was Hallam who had the lion’s share of chances in the first half, and Marsh proved to be a threat from set-pieces, seeing an effort curl over the crossbar on 15 minutes.
Hallam took the lead on the half an hour mark as a mistake at the back by Uni of allowed Hallam through to square the ball for Warrall to slot the ball into an empty net.
The University of Sheffield didn’t let this deter them and came back into the second half with renewed vigour. However, another mistake at the back allowed Warrall his second goal of the afternoon in the 54th minute.
The substitution of Tom Dally appeared to be an inspired change. With twenty minutes to go, Dally powered home a header from a corner to give The University of Sheffield renewed hope of rescuing a point.
Dally continued to perform after the goal, excellently turning the Hallam defender only to see his shot saved low by Stanley in the Hallam goal.
Their opponents looked determined to find an equaliser, winning a succession of corners on the far-right hand side.
The blustery conditions proved to be an advantage, with the wind holding the ball up in the air for longer.
Despite this, Stanley in the Hallam goal proved to be difference, holding onto to further speculative efforts from Cork and Dally.
In the final five minutes, the game sprang into life with the two teams showing how much the derby meant to them. Will Sykes in The University of Sheffield goal was fortunate to see a Knox shot curl wide of the right-hand post with a lot of help from the wind, as the keeper had come very far off his line.
Sykes made the same error again, this time with Phillips and Davison coming to his rescue to block the Hallam attempt on goal.
They couldn’t find the all-important equaliser as the referee called time on the game. It was a well contested affair, but ultimately was probably a fair result given the balance of play.
This result was Hallam’s first victory of the season, with The University of Sheffield’s only league win thus far coming against their city rivals. Both sides will have their eyes on the Leeds Beckett match as they look to escape the bottom of the Northern 3B table.
UoS starting XI: Sykes, Kilcullen, Philips, Davison, Kealy, Juster, Williams, Getley, Hackwood, Anderson, Butler.
Hallam starting XI: Stanley, Arden, Moseley, McGee, Stephenson, Ashden, Knox, Marsh, Warrall, King, Collo