Our U18s fought hard and produced a dominant display in a 2-0 win over Bristol City at the Oakwell Training Ground on Saturday afternoon.
An early lead courtesy of Fabio Jalo was doubled by Theo Chapman late on in the second half to earn the young Reds their second win of the Professional Development League campaign.
Proceedings took a lively start with Barnsley seeing the majority of the ball and creating a greater number of chances. An instrumental figure in these attacks, Jalo, found himself in a tremendous position in the final third of the pitch, only for the referee to pull play back for an earlier foul.
Minutes later, Jalo found himself in acres of space yet again but this time with no worry of an offside flag. The striker smashed the ball low, hard and confidently into the bottom right-hand corner to give his side the lead.
Our visitors had more possession after the opener but were struggling to create anything of notable value, something Barnsley were doing plenty of.
Jalo found himself in another shooting position, albeit from a tight angle, as the opposition keeper came running off his line which forced our forward to rush his chipped effort. It sailed just over the bar and out for a Robins goal kick.
The Reds came agonisingly close to doubling their lead when a cross from Jalo whizzed over a leaping Josiah Dyer and to the feet of Josh McKay. The wing-back then unleashed a powerful shot which was blocked brilliantly by a visiting defender.
City then began to grow into the game and were seeing the majority of the ball. Despite this, the southwest outfit were still struggling test Rogan Ravenhill between the Barnsley sticks. The goalkeeper claimed everything comfortably and looked as solid as ever.
Perhaps the best of their chances came just before the half-time whistle, when a curling cross came close to causing issues, before an outstretched Ravenhill clawed the ball clear of any danger.
REDS XI: Ravenhill (GK), McKay, Pickard, Bland, Brace, Joof, Monteiro, Makessi, Dyer (C), Benjamin, Jalo.
Subs: Carter-Rogers (GK), Chapman, Farrell, Lacey, Yoganathan.