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U23s | PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Coventry

6 September 2018

Barnsley U23s face Coventry City on Friday afternoon at the Oakwell Training Ground and will be looking to record their second victory over the Sky Blues in five months.

The young Reds produced a five-star performance in their penultimate game of the 2017/18 Professional Development League campaign, running out 5-1 winners back in April.

Victor Adeboyejo and Amir Berkovits both netted twice for Barnsley and Sam Fielding was also on the scoresheet on a potent afternoon at the Alan Higgs Centre.

A similar performance on Friday would be just the tonic for Martin Devaney’s side who have lost three consecutive games and conceded ten goals in the process.

Monday’s 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace was harsh on the young Reds, who had dominated the first half at Selhurst Park before the hosts ran riot after the interval.

Barnsley can move up to eighth in the North division with victory over Jason Farndon’s team, providing Hull City lose and Crewe Alexandra fail to win.

Coventry, meanwhile, are seventh in the South division with one win and a draw from their opening four fixtures. The Sky Blues recorded an impressive victory over Burnley a fortnight ago as they came from 2-0 down at half-time to triumph 4-2 at the Ricoh Arena.

Reise Allassani was the hero for City that day as he scored two late goals to secure all three points, and the young striker was also on target in Coventry’s last outing as they drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls snatched a share of the spoils in dramatic fashion as Fraser Preston netted the equaliser nine minutes into stoppage time.

Prior to our encounter back in April, the only other meeting between these two sides was in September 2016 when the Sky Blues ran out 4-1 winners in South Yorkshire. Devon Kelly-Evans netted a hat-trick for the visitors and Bilal Siyoud was also on target, while Josh Kay scored a consolation penalty for the Reds.

You can see how the U23s get on for free at the Oakwell Training Ground, kick-off is at 2pm.

Alternatively, you can follow the action on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.

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U23s | REPORT: Barnsley 1-0 Coventry

7 September 2018

Barnsley U23s recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Coventry City on Friday afternoon.

The young Reds picked up their first win of the 2018/19 Professional Development League campaign courtesy of Tai-Reece Chisholm’s deflected first half effort.

Following a tough run of results, this morale-boosting display at the Oakwell Training Ground was no less than Martin Devaney’s side deserved.

There was little to split the two teams in the opening stages, but Barnsley eventually began to force the initiative and their high pressing work led to a number of mistakes in the visiting defence.

Gerry McDonagh closed down Sky Blues’ goalkeeper Corey Addai and won a corner for the Reds, but no one was unable to get on the end of a dangerous Louis Wardle cross.

However, the marauding right-back burst forward on the quarter hour mark and linked up well with Amir Berkovits. Wardle’s delivery was flicked on by McDonagh and the ball eventually fell to Chisholm at the back post, whose shot deflected and spiralled over Addai and into the top corner, despite the best efforts of Chris Camwell on the line.

The Reds almost doubled their lead midway through the half as Wardle let fly from 25-yards but his thunderous effort crashed back off the bar.

From that attempt, Coventry broke and were fractions away from an equaliser as Jonny Ngandu unleashes a fierce drive from distance only to be denied by the crossbar.

Barnsley continued to look dangerous after the interval and almost had their second when Berkovits cut in from the right wing, but Addai was equal to his low shot.

But, as the game wore on, the Sky Blues began to grow into the contest and Henry Kendrick had to be at his very best to first deny substitute David Bremang and then Camwell with two fine saves in quick succession.

The visitors were then denied by the woodwork for a second time as Lewis Green burst forward from right-back and took aim, only to see his effort cannon back off the upright.

Despite a period of sustained Coventry pressure in the closing stages, Barnsley held on to claim a valuable three points to kick-start their season.

FULL TIME: Barnsley 1-0 Coventry

REDS XI:Kendrick, Wardle, Trialist, Smith (c), Trialist, Otim, Berkovits (Barnett, 77), Trialist (Helliwell, 83), Chisholm, McDonagh, Feeney (Walsh, 79)

Not used: Trialist, Fielding

COVENTRY:Addai, Green, Camell, Eccles, Ford, Thompson, Walters (Burroughs, 63), Westbrooke (c), Bakayoko, Ngandu (Bremang, 58), Steadman

Not used: McCallum, Billson, Williams

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