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Barnsley U23
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Hull City U23
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U23s | PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Hull

17 January 2019

Barnsley U23s host Hull City on Friday afternoon knowing that victory will see them leapfrog Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday to seventh place in the Professional Development League No.

Martin Devaney’s side secured a hard-fought victory in their last outing against high-flying Burnley at the Oakwell Training Complex thanks to Romal Palmer’s ninth minute header – a result that took them five points clear of the Tigers at the foot of the table.

Hull, meanwhile, let a 1-0 lead slip at Forest last week, which leaves Jon Beale’s youngsters with just one win in their last ten games – a surprise 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers before Christmas.

The last time we met the Tigers was in February last year, when a brace from Ben Hinchliffe cancelled out Louis Rowe’s opener to give the hosts all three points at North Ferriby’s Grange Lane.

Prior to that, the Reds had secured a 3-0 victory over Friday’s visitors in November 2017 courtesy of a first half own goal and strikes from Louis Wardle and Stevie Mallan after the interval.

Keane Lewis-Potter will be the one to watch for Hull as the young forward leads their goal scoring charts with 11 goals in 17 appearances – eight of which have come in the league.

The 17-year-old, who has also scored four times in three outings for the Tigers’ U18s this season, made his first team debut in the FA Cup third round defeat at Millwall, replacing Nouha Dicko with nine minutes remaining at the Den.

Barnsley will be hoping to continue their fine form heading into Friday’s clash having picked up ten points from their last five matches, with the only blip a defeat at Birmingham City earlier this month.

You can find out how our U23s fare by attending the fixture for free at the Oakwell Training Complex, kick-off at 2pm. Alternatively, you can follow the updates on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.

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Match Reports

U23s | REPORT: Barnsley 1-0 Hull

18 January 2019

Jordan Barnett’s stunning second half free-kick was enough for Barnsley U23s to secure all three points against Hull City on Friday afternoon.

The young Reds’ full-back drilled a curling strike over the Tigers’ wall just after the hour mark to ensure Martin Devaney’s side climbed to seventh in the Professional Development League table, leaving the visitors rooted to the foot – seven points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday.

Barnsley dominated the game from start to finish and the score line could have been emphatic had the hosts been more ruthless in front of goal.

Both Barnett and Romal Palmer fired over from distance as the Reds looked to make their supremacy count, before Palmer again came close as he volleyed narrowly wide from Jordan Helliwell’s cross.

Kieran Feeney also missed a gilt-edge opportunity as he headed over from inside the box, while Amir Berkovits was left frustrated when no one in red was able to latch onto his low cross.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Hull City

It was a similar story after the interval as Barnsley continued to launch a full scale attack on the visitors, with Feeney forcing Callum Burton into a smart save down to his right.

But, when Palmer was brought down on the edge of the box, Barnett stepped up to whip a sensational free-kick into the top corner to give the Reds a deserved lead. It was the 19-year-old’s first goal for the club, and what a way to get it.

That goal seemed to spark Hull into life, and they almost grabbed an equaliser against the run of play when Keane Lewis-Potter’s low shot clipped the outside of the post.

It was as close as the visitors would come, despite a number of set piece opportunities in the closing stages that Henry Kendrick claimed comfortably.

Berkovits had a chance to double Barnsley’s lead late on, but he crashed his effort into the side netting as the Reds held on to claim a second consecutive 1-0 victory.


REDS XI: Kendrick, Helliwell (Willard, 54), Fielding, Moon, Barnett, Wardle, Bird, Otim, Palmer, Berkovits, Feeney (Trialist, 65).

Not used: Brown, Simpson, Chisholm.

HULL XI: Burton, Hesson, Fleming, Chadwick, Thacker, Greaves, Salam (Hawkins, 33), Holmes, Lewis-Potter, Wollerton, Smith.

Not used: Foulkes, Adamson, Taylor, Wood.

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