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14 September 2018 Venue Oakwell Attendance

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Barnsley U23
4 - 2
Crewe Alexandra U23
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U23s | PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Crewe

14 September 2018

Barnsley U23s host Crewe Alexandra on Friday afternoon looking to build on last week’s morale-boosting 1-0 win over Coventry City.

The young Reds emerged victorious over the Sky Blues courtesy of Tai-Reece Chisholm’s second goal of the season, and skipper Will Smith is urging his side to kick-start their Professional Development League campaign in earnest.

“It was a massive confidence boost; I think the lads have deserved a win in the last four games,” said Smith. “We’ve had some unlucky results and some where we’ve not been good enough.

“But it’s good that we’ve got a win now and I think we can kick on, and there’s more confidence in the dressing room after the win.”

As well as securing all three points for the first time under Martin Devaney, the young Reds also kept their first clean sheet of the new campaign.

Having shipped 12 goals in the opening four games, Smith believes Barnsley showed great strength of character to repel everything that Coventry threw at them and that it will stand them in good stead as the season progresses.

“The clean sheet was very important and we can build from it now,” continued the youngster. “We know we can win games and see out games with clean sheets too in a full team performance with everyone wanting to defend. So it was good to get a clean sheet as a defender, a back four and for the goalkeeper as well.”

Crewe picked up their first win of the campaign on Monday as they beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Gresty Road.

Goals from Oliver Finney, Joe Lynch and Malachi Linton were enough for Alex Morris’ side to claim all three points as the climbed back above Barnsley and off the foot of the table.

However, the Reds will be looking for revenge this time around after Crewe scored two late goals to come from behind and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the last meeting back in April.

“I think we can win; I think we can win easily if everyone does it right and we all put in the same work ethic as we did in the last game [against Coventry],” insisted Smith. “It’s just piecing it all together and getting it right, and that’s what we need to do in every game.

“We beat them [Crewe] at home last season so we can do it again. I think we can do it comfortably if everyone is on it.”

You can watch how the young Reds fair on Friday by attending the game on the main Oakwell pitch. Entry is FREEin the West Stand ONLY. Kick-off is at 2pm.

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

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Match Reports

U23s | REPORT: Barnsley 4-2 Crewe

14 September 2018

Barnsley U23s picked up their second consecutive victory as they convincingly beat Crewe Alexandra 4-2 at Oakwell on Friday afternoon.

Louis Walsh, Trialist and Kieran Feeney struck for the Reds inside the first eight minutes, while Tai-Reece Chisholm bagged his third goal of the campaign after the interval.

The visitors scored twice in quick succession midway through the first half, with Joseph Lynch and Oliver Finney’s stunning volley the products of a frenetic, end-to-end encounter.

Martin Devaney made six changes from the side that beat Coventry City last week and watched on with delight as the Reds made an incredible start to the game.

Jordan Barnett floated a long-range pass to the feet of Walsh, who danced into the area from the left flank before firing a low shot through a forest of legs and into the bottom corner. It was the young winger’s first league goal for Barnsley and it set the tone for a frantic opening at Oakwell.

The Reds soon doubled their advantage as Trialist fired a low cross in from the left, which evaded everyone and nestled into the far corner after just six minutes.

Two soon became three for Barnsley as Barnett’s free-kick was knocked down by Trialist and Feeney was on hand to nod over the line, despite the best attempts of the Crewe backline to scramble the ball clear.

The only downside of a stellar opening ten minutes for Barnsley was the injury sustained to captain Will Smith, who left the field clutching his hamstring.

Crewe began to look for a foothold in the game and were awarded a penalty after Lewis Reilly was brought down in the area. The Alex striker assumed responsibility himself, but saw his spot-kick brilliantly saved by Trialist in the Barnsley net.

But the visitors soon found a way back into the contest when Lynch’s cross from the left eluded the Reds’ defence and found its way into the far corner.

In the blink of an eye, Alex Morris’ side had further reduced the arrears as Finney took aim from 20-yards and unleased an unstoppable volley that crashed in off the underside of the bar.

Chisholm had a fine opportunity to restore Barnsley’s two-goal cushion ten minutes before the interval, but he uncharacteristically dragged wide after bursting into the area from deep.

Barnsley made a bright start to the second half and added their fourth of the afternoon when Trialist played a pinpoint cross for the on-rushing Chisholm to prod home from inside the six-yard box.

The visitors almost pulled another goal back moments later as Billy Sass-Davies rose highest, but his header bounced off the top of the crossbar and behind for a goal kick.

Feeney then came close to adding to his tally when he was played in by Amir Berkovits, but the Railwaymen’s stopper was equal to his effort and palmed it behind for a corner. However, the young Reds’ forward was injured in the collision and was eventually withdrawn five minutes later.

Despite a late Crewe rally, Barnsley held on for another victory which sees them climb above Alex in the Professional Development League table.


REDS XI: Trialist, Williams, Trialist, Smith (Fielding, 10), Trialist (Trialist, 46), Barnett, Wardle, Trialist, Chisholm, Walsh (Berkovits, 73), Feeney 

Not used: Greatorex, Helliwell

CREWE XI: Trialist, Sass-Davies, Offord, Trialist, Ludstram, Trialist, Johnson, Finney (Heath, 46), Reilly, Linton (Fenton, 63), Lynch

Not used: Booth, Robbins

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