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Barnsley U23
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Hull City U23
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HULL U23S PREVIEW

14 December 2020

Barnsley U23s host Hull City on Tuesday afternoon in their final home game of 2020.

The young Reds are arguably the form team in the Professional Development League having won five consecutive games, while also remaining unbeaten since the opening day of the campaign.

This will be their sternest test, however, since that defeat to Nottingham Forest as the Tigers currently sit second in the division.

It is a fixture that has thrown up a mixed bag of results over the years, with a memorable meeting at the East Riding FA back in January 2019 the one that stands out as the Reds scored two goals in injury time to salvage a share of the spoils in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

City claimed four points in the two encounters last term, earning a 3-0 win at the Oakwell Training Ground the last time these two sides went head-to-head.

Victory for Martin Devaney’s side will see them climb two places, leapfrogging both Sheffield United and Hull in the process, as the battle for those coveted play-off spots looks set to rumble on until the campaign draws to a close at the start of May.

In accordance with government guidelines, this fixture will be played behind closed doors but you can keep up to date with proceedings on our official Academy Twitter account, starting with team news at 12pm.

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Match Reports

U23S STRIKE LATE TO BEAT HULL

15 December 2020

Cameron Thompson’s penalty was enough to see off Hull City as Barnsley U23s registered their sixth victory in a row to climb to second in the Professional Development League.

Having been bundled to the ground with 11 minutes remaining, Thompson stepped up to smash the spot-kick into the net and seal three points for the young Reds on Tuesday afternoon.

A close margin of victory was fitting for a game that was otherwise even and largely devoid of genuine goalscoring chances.

The most notable moment of the first half came when Steve Simpson thought he had given the Reds the lead by turning home Jordan Green’s low cross at the back post with half an hour gone, but the linesman’s flag was up.

With neither side able to fashion any openings, the game became increasingly scrappy, and both teams exchanged unsuccessful long-distance free-kicks.

It was the Tigers’ effort that was closest, with Ahmed Salam forcing a catch, albeit a comfortable one, from Corey Addai.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Hull City

The second period started in much the same vein as the first had ended, with chances still hard to come by, but that did begin to change shortly after the hour mark.

As the Reds began to play with more fluency and looked to seize a hold on the game, Thompson almost gave them the lead when he had a close-range shot blocked by Salam after the Tigers failed to clear a corner.

However, there was precious little time remaining and a stalemate looked the most likely outcome until Thompson finally made the crucial breakthrough that maintained Barnsley’s victorious run.

Hull substitute James Berry almost netted a late equaliser as he raced onto Max Sheaf’s pass with five minutes remaining, but the Reds were granted a let-off as he dragged his effort wide of the upright.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1-0 Hull City

 

REDS XI: Addai (GK), Helliwell, Ariely, Winfield, Green (Hassan-Smith, 71), Binns, Christie-Davies, Calligan, Simpson, Simoes, Thompson.

Not used: Kendrick (GK), Nicholson, Lancaster, Sherlock.

HULL XI: Robson (GK), Jacob, Fleming, Hickey, Arthur, Smith, Sheaf, Wood, Chadwick, Hinds, Salam.

Subs: Foulkes (GK), Lupano, Leake, Snelgrove, Berry.

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