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Barnsley U23
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Sheffield Wednesday U23

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U23s | PREVIEW: Reds Vs Owls

12 March 2019

Barnsley U23s host Sheffield Wednesday in the Professional Development League on Wednesday afternoon at the Oakwell Training Ground.

The young Reds, unbeaten in their last eight outings, won the reverse fixture at Hillsborough 2-1 back in November thanks to stunning goals from Victor Adeboyejo and Louis Wardle - which won the Club's Goal of the Month award.

That result gave Martin Devaney’s side renewed confidence and sparked a run of form that has seen the youngsters pick up 22 points in 12 games – suffering just one defeat in that period.

Goals have started to flow for Barnsley, who put two past the Professional Development League south leaders Ipswich on Friday and looked on course for another three points but for a late revival from the Tractor Boys.

Barnsley could climb above Crewe Alexandra and level on points with fourth place Bolton Wanderers if the aforementioned teams lose against Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers, respectively, and, of course, Devaney’s side win.

However, defeat in the South Yorkshire derby would see Wednesday climb above the Reds – one point in front with a game in hand.

The Owls head into this fixture on the back of a resounding 5-1 victory over Crystal Palace last week. Alex Hunt had given Wednesday an early lead before Giovanni McGregor levelled for the Eagles six minutes later.

But four goals in 16 second half minutes from Neil Thompson’s side secured a valuable three points at Hillsborough, and the Owls will be full of confidence having previously suffered back-to-back defeats against Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic.

You can find out how the young Reds fare by attending the game at the Oakwell Training Ground for FREE, kick-off at 1pm. Alternatively, you can follow updates on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.

All supporters attending this fixture are politely reminded to park in the main Oakwell car park and not on Grove Street.

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U23s | REPORT: Reds 0-0 Owls

13 March 2019

Barnsley U23s extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday in the Professional Development League on Wednesday afternoon.

Blustery conditions wreaked havoc on what had promised to be an entertaining South Yorkshire derby at the Oakwell Training Ground, with neither side able to sustain attacks as the ball swerved out of play time and time again.

The visitors had the first opportunity of the game when Alex Hunt’s curling free-kick was palmed away by Jack Walton inside the opening couple of minutes.

From then on, the Reds’ stopper was rarely troubled but had to have his wits about him with a number of testing back passes and through balls that had been caught in the wind.

Sam Fielding came close to giving Barnsley the lead just before the interval, but his header from Jordan Barnett’s corner drifted narrowly wide of the upright.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Despite the Reds having the wind with them in the first half, they didn’t let the elements unsettle their rhythm after the break and they tried to implement their free-flowing, attacking play.

Kieran Feeney’s industrious performance spearheading the attack almost led to a half-chance for Elliot Simoes, but the winger was denied by a last-gasp challenge by Ash Baker.

Barnsley created a few openings with precise through balls into the Owls’ penalty area, but Freddie Nievsen and Jack Lee repelled everything the hosts threw at them with resolute defending.

With time running out, Matty Wolfe – completing his first 90 minutes since returning from injury – picked out the run of Simoes. Cameron McCulloch came charging off his line and the Reds’ winger opted to chip the ball towards goal, but unfortunately it hit the Wednesday ‘keeper on the head and bounced behind for a corner.

The result means Barnsley stay sixth, but move to within a point of Crewe Alexandra and two behind Bolton Wanderers in fourth. The Owls climb above Nottingham Forest into seventh.

 

REDS XI: Walton, Helliwell (Moon, 39), Ige, Fielding (c), Barnett, Willard (Berkovits, 55), Chisholm, Bird, Wolfe, Simoes, Feeney (Sang, 68).

Not used: Greatorex, Aramburu.

OWLS XI: McCulloch, Baker, Nievesen, Lee, West, Preston, Kirby (c), Hunt, Grant, Damba, Shaw.

Subs: Borukov, Render, Brennan, Hughes, Waldock.

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