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Clarke brace brings Steel City derby joy for United

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(Reuters) – Leon Clarke scored twice against his former club as Sheffield United upset local rivals Sheffield Wednesday with a 4-2 victory in an enthralling ‘Steel City derby’ at Hillsborough on Sunday in the English Championship (second tier). United stunned the home crowd by going 2-0 up within a quarter of an hour thanks to John Fleck’s sweetly-struck low drive from an indirect freekick in the third minute and then Clarke’s cool finish after he was left one-on-one with Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood. Wednesday pulled back a goal on the stroke of half-time when striker Gary Hooper hooked in the ball at the near post and after the break they piled on the pressure. That paid off when Portuguese substitute Lucas Joao equalised with a well-taken left-foot strike in the 65th minute but United responded superbly. Within two minutes, Winger Mark Duffy made a fool of Wednesday’s Dutch defender Joost van Aken and then fired home from a tight angle to make it 3-2. Clarke then made sure of the win, latching on to a clever pass from the outstanding David Brooks, holding off two defenders and then slotting home.

(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Clare Fallon)
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