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09 April 2022 Venue Barnsley Training Complex Attendance

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Barnsley U18
2 - 0
Cardiff City U18
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7 April 2022

With our first team contingency heading to the capital this weekend to take on Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship, there is an opportunity to watch Tom Harban’s U18s as they welcome Cardiff City to the Oakwell Training Ground.

The young Reds, currently second in the Professional Development League, are aiming to secure a place in the end of season play-offs and can take a big step towards that goal with victory on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 2pm against the Bluebirds, and Harban is encouraging supporters to get behind his team.

“It’d be good to get people down to have a look at the lads in the under 18s group and get a feel for what they’re about,” he said.

“They’re doing well at the minute this season, so it’d be good to get a few fans down to get their eyes on what could potentially be the future of the club. 

“It’s been a strange one. When we first came back after the pandemic, no one was there and, over time, parents have been allowed – two per player – so, it’s been quieter than what it previously has been at games. 

“But we’re hopefully getting back to some sort of normality now where, if people aren’t travelling down to watch the first team on Saturday, they’re more than welcome to come to Oakwell and watch the lads pit their wits against Cardiff.”

Our youngsters head into this clash with the South Wales outfit on the back of a morale-boosting win over Southern champions Charlton Athletic last weekend.

Goals from Mylan Benjamin and Theo Chapman completed a second half comeback for Harban’s side as they maintained their slender advantage in the race for the top two.

It wasn’t just the victory, but the manner of the performance, and three similar displays between now and the end of the campaign should be enough to ensure a play-off berth – starting with Cardiff.

“It’ll be a big boost for the lads,” discussed Harban. “We’re going away to Italy on Monday for 10 days, so I think if the lads can pick up the win on Saturday, we’ll go into that trip really in high spirits.

“It’s a change of environment and will be a good trip – a serious trip, still, knowing that when they come back, they’ve still got a good shot of reaching the objectives they wanted to at the beginning of the season.”

The young Reds are top scorers in the Northern division, with 50 goals plundered in 20 games en route to their assault on the summit.

Harban was full of praise for his side and insists they know what they need to do in the run-in.

“We’ve just been pleased with the group as a whole this season,” he asserted. “They’ve done really well, been really positive day in, day out with their work and that’s kind of reflected in the games so far.

“But they know they’ve got three massive games coming up and they can’t take their foot off the pedal; they’ve put themselves in a position where it’s kind of in their hands if they want to get to the play-offs.

“So, they’ve got to go with the same mindset of the last two weeks, in particular. We need to turn up on Saturday wanting to win the game.”

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Match Reports


10 April 2022

Two penalties won and converted by Theo Chapman gave our U18s their fifth win in six games with a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.

It’s three more crucial points for Tom Harban’s side as they extended the gap between themselves and Sheffield Wednesday in the race for a place in the Professional Development League end of season play-offs.

The Reds started the game brightly, and it wasn’t long before they had their first attempt at goal with a long ball over the top from Kieren Flavell finding Fabio Jalo, whose sliced shot didn’t trouble Joe Thomas in the City net.

Chapman won his first penalty with just under a quarter of an hour on the clock when Hayden Pickard’s ball down the left gave the midfielder space to run into the box before being brought down by a Bluebirds defender. Chapman kept a cool head and slotted the ball past Thomas from the spot into the bottom left.

Josiah Dyer had a great chance to double the Reds’ lead five minutes later, seeing his header flash narrowly over the bar.

Barnsley continued to dominate the chances in front of a home crowd, with a Dyer flicked header allowing Keegan Hartley to get in behind the defence and be one on one with the keeper. However, a heavy touch gave Thomas the opportunity to smother the ball at the legs of the midfielder and prevent a certain goal.

Cardiff tried their best to get back into the game, searching for that all important equaliser, but our backline stood firm winning all aerial duels and keeping the clean sheet intact.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 1-0 Cardiff City

Within 30 seconds of the restart, the Reds were under pressure with City having their best chance of the game as striker Morgan Wigley fired over from the right.

It wasn’t long before Flavell was called into action again, this time from the left, with winger Cole Fleming cutting inside before striking straight into the gloves of our number one.

Just after the hour mark Chapman won his second penalty after being tackled from behind as Barnsley looked to work the ball into a dangerous area. The referee awarded the spot-kick and Chapman took full advantage again, smashing the ball straight down the middle.

Cardiff looked to get a goal back with most of their attacks coming from Fleming on the left, however, he couldn’t get the ball into the box as he was ushered out wide by right back Luis Lacey or tackled by centre back pairing Alex Joof and Danny Benson.

Chapman had a great chance to complete his hat-trick with five minutes left on the clock after a superb ball from Jalo split the defence, giving the midfielder a one-on-one opportunity. Unfortunately, he took one too many touches and couldn’t get his shot away in time before the onrushing keeper dealt with the danger.

Our U18s travel to Ipswich Town in a fortnight knowing that victory will take them one step closer to achieving a play-off berth.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2-0 Cardiff City

REDS XI: Flavell (GK), Lacey, Pickard, Joof, Benson, Makessi, Chapman, Nejman, Hartley (Bland), Dyer (Benjamin), Jalo.

Not used: Ravenhill (GK), McKay, Anaman.

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