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24 September 2018 Venue The Impact Arena Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest U23
3 - 0
Barnsley U23
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U23s | PREVIEW: Forest Vs Barnsley

24 September 2018

Barnsley U23s travel to Nottingham Forest in the Professional Development League on Monday evening looking to build on their back-to-back wins.

Martin Devaney’s side secured impressive victories over Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra to end a run of three straight defeats and climb off the foot of the table.

Another three points at the Impact Arena on Monday could potentially see the Reds rise as high as fourth in the league, depending on results elsewhere, and striker Gerry McDonagh is aiming to fire Barnsley to victory on his return to Forest.

“We’re definitely looking to make it three in a row and even four then five, if we can,” said McDonagh. “But we’re only focussing on the next game.

“The two wins have been a major confidence boost for the lads – I didn’t play in the last game because I had a knock on my knee, but the lads did well. Hopefully I’ll be back in and around the squad for the Forest game.

“It’s good for morale, not just going into games but for the following week when we’re in training – it’s a much happier place to be.”

Forest are unbeaten in four meetings between the two sides - winning three of those encounters, with a 2-2 draw in November 2017 the closest Barnsley have come to victory.

Gareth Holmes’ team triumphed 4-2 the last time we travelled to Nottingham, with Virgil Gomis scoring twice for the hosts. The French hitman is the Professional Development League’s top scorer so far this campaign, with six goals in as many games.

However, McDonagh will be putting friendships to one side on Monday as he looks to get the better of his former side. 

“I’m looking forward to it,” insisted the striker. “I have a point to prove, but that’s beyond me; I play for Barnsley now and I want to show them what they’re missing out on.

“I’ve got a few friends there, but there’s no friends on the football pitch is there? I speak to a few lads often, but it’s just been mainly fun banter.”

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Match Reports

U23s | REPORT: Forest 3-0 Barnsley

24 September 2018

Barnsley U23s fell to a 3-0 defeat away to Nottingham Forest in the Professional Developmet League on Monday evening.

Gboly Ariyibi’s first half strike was added to after the interval by Yassine En-Neyah and Virgil Gomis as the hosts ran out convincing winners at the Impact Arena.

However, the eventual score line was an unfair reflection of how the overall game panned out, with the Reds enjoying the best goal scoring opportunities throughout - only to be denied by a combination of fantastic goalkeeping and last-ditch defending.

The main positives for Barnsley was valuable game time for Zeki Fryers and Ryan Hedges, who are returning to fitness following injury. Jared Bird, Cameron McGeehan and Ben and Jordan Williams also completed 90 minutes for Martin Devaney’s side on a frustrating evening in Alfreton.

Barnsley had two opportunities to take the lead inside the opening ten minutes as they took the game to Forest. First, Hedges’ cross fell to the feet of Gerry McDonagh but the Reds’ striker saw his close range shot blocked. Then, Louis Walsh cut in from the left and fired a low drive across goal that was turned away by Liam Bossin.

From that chance, the hosts broke at pace and Brennan Johnson burst into the area and forced a fine save from Jake Greatorex, but the ball fell kindly for Ariyibi who had the simple task of tapping into the empty net.

It was harsh on Barnsley, who looked to hit back and came inches away from an equaliser as McGeehan stretched to get on the end of Jordan Williams’ low cross, but it narrowly evaded the toe of the Reds’ midfielder.

McGeehan was in the thick of the action once again moments later as Birds’ shot deflected into his path, but the 23-year-old couldn’t get the ball out of his feet in time and Forest cleared the danger.

Signs towards the end of the first half were positive for the visitors, but they were hit with a sucker punch just two minutes after the restart as En-Neyah converted neatly from inside the area after Barnsley failed to clear a corner.

McGeehan then forced Bossin into two fine saves from free-kicks, the first from long range that the Forest stopper plucked out of the top corner, and the second brilliantly clawed away down to his right.

However, the hosts put the game to bed with a beautiful, flowing move as they swept forward with precise one-touch passing before top scorer Virgil Gomis rounded off the attack with his seventh of the campaign.

Devaney’s side continued to press forward and almost reduced the arrears when Walsh’s low shot was tipped away by Bossin, before substitute Amir Berkovits curled one narrowly wide of the far post in the dying embers.

But, despite their best efforts, the visitors were unable to find a way through as Forest claimed all three points.


FOREST XI: Bossin, Richardson, Preston, Coveney, Ahmedhodzic, Stewart, Ariyibi (Megaritis, 86), Johnson (Taylor, 79), Gomis (Sodeinde, 86), Edser, En-Neyah

Not used: Wright, Panagou

REDS XI: Greatorex, J. Williams, Fielding, Trialist, Fryers (Wardle, 46), Hedges (Berkovits, 46), McGeehan, Bird, B.Williams, Walsh, McDonagh (Feeney, 73)

Not used: Trialist, Otim

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