League One - Sheffield United open with win over 10-man Notts County

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

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League One - Sheffield United wait on duo

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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 Murphythreatened 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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