Bramall Lane, England

Referee: K Stroud | Attendance: 17944

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Sheffield United

  • Kevin McDonald 30'
  • Harry Maguire 67'

2 - 1


Notts County

  • Enoch Showunmi 59'

Blades kick-off with a win

Sheffield United opened the new season with a 2-1 win at home to Notts County.

After Kevin McDonald put the hosts in front, Enoch Showunmi equalised before Harry Maguire struck the winner midway through the second-half.

United's Jamie Murphy threatened a couple of times early on, putting one effort wide and having a free-kick saved by Bartosz Bialkowski.

After County's Danny Haynes had a header well saved by George Long, the visitors were reduced to 10 men moments later when Gary Liddle was sent-off in the 14th minute following a reckless challenge on McDonald.

McDonald put United in front 16 minutes later with a 12-yard shot after meeting Darryl Westlake's low cross.

County's Joss Labadie headed wide after finding himself unmarked and United's Chris Porter then put an effort off-target from a great position before County equalised.

Substitute Showunmi, who had only been on the pitch for a few minutes, fired past Long in the 59th minute after a long ball forward dropped to him just outside the area.

Maguire scored the winner eight minutes later with a far post header from Stephen McGlinn's right-wing delivery and the Blades then missed a host of late chances to extend their lead.

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Scoring Summary

  • Sheffield United
  • Notts County

Match Stats

  • Sheffield United
  • Notts County
28(7) Shots (on goal) 6(2)
6 Fouls 19
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
71% Time of Possession 29%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 1
0 Saves 0


  • Sheffield United
  • Notts County
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Gary Liddle (14')