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16 November 2018 Venue Hillsborough Attendance

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U23s | PREVIEW: Owls Vs Reds

16 November 2018

Barnsley U23s travel to Hillsborough on Friday evening looking to secure victory in the South Yorkshire derby.

Martin Devaney’s side have lost their last four games since beating high-flying Bolton Wanderers at the end of September, but have performed well with little reward.

Will Smith, who made his first team debut in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening, is unavailable for the Reds following his dismissal against Burnley last time out.

However, there are no fresh injury concerns for the U23s with Romal Palmer and Cameron Simpson continuing their return to full fitness after their respective lay-offs.

Having lost just once in their opening six games, the Owls have tasted defeat in four of their last six outings – the most recent a 2-1 loss at Bolton.

Neil Thompson’s side are eighth in the Professional Development League North, four points and two places above the Reds after 12 games.

Wednesday have been the beneficiaries of three own goals so far this season, while three players – Fraser Preston, Jack Stobbs and Liam Waddock – have all found the net twice.

You can see how Devaney’s side fare by attending the game at Hillsborough. Tickets are priced at £3 for adults and £2 for concessions. Alternatively, you can follow the action on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.

Kick-off it at 7pm. 

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U23s | REPORT: Owls 1-2 Reds

16 November 2018

Two sensational goals from Victor Adeboyejo and Louis Wardle ensured Barnsley left Hillsborough with all three points on Friday evening.

Jordan Lonchar replied for Sheffield Wednesday, but the Reds held on to claim a morale-boosting and well-deserved victory in the South Yorkshire derby.

It was a fiery opening few minutes, with challenges flying in from all angles but no real chances of note for either side. However, midway through the first half, Barnsley created the first opening as Cameron Simpson drove into the area, only for his shot deflect wide.

The visitors looked dangerous from set-pieces all evening and came close to taking the lead when Wardle’s corner narrowly evaded the head of Jasper Moon.

Romal Palmer then cut in from the left and crashed a low drive into the side-netting as the Reds continued to penetrate the Owls’ backline.

Wednesday almost snatched a goal just before half-time as David Jones connected sweetly with a loose ball on the edge of the box, but Henry Kendrick produced a stunning save to turn his effort over the bar.

HALF-TIME: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Barnsley

It had been a productive first 45 for Martin Devaney’s side, who were playing with confidence and hassling their hosts to quickly regain possession.

Four minutes after the interval, Barnsley were awarded a free-kick 25-yards from goal and Adeboyejo stepped up to curl home a magnificent strike that clipped the underside of the bar on the way in.

It was a goal of real quality, but there was better to come from the visitors.

On 67 minutes, Wednesday half-cleared a free-kick from the right and the ball dropped perfectly for Wardle who thumped it into the top corner on the volley from 25-yards to send the Reds’ players delirious.

That goal seemed to spark the hosts into life and they responded almost immediately as Lonchar side-footed home from close range to reduce the arrears.

Neil Robinson’s side pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages but, despite six minutes of stoppage time, were unable to find a way through Barnsley’s resilient defensive unit as the visitors held on for all three points.

 

OWLS XI: Wildsmith, Hughes, Clarke, Lee, Brennan, van Aken (O’Grady, 80), Kirby (Lonchar, 62), Jones, Stobbs (c), Waldock (Hunt, 46), Shaw.

Not used: McCulloch, West.

REDS XI: Kendrick, Helliwell, Fielding, Moon, Simpson (Willard, 72), Wardle, Palmer (c) (Pache, 81), Otim, Trialist, Adeboyejo, McDonagh (Chisholm, 83).

Not used: Widdop, Feeney.

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