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Barnsley U23
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Birmingham City U23

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BIRMINGHAM CITY U23S PREVIEW

23 November 2020

Barnsley U23s host Birmingham City on Tuesday afternoon looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Professional Development League to seven games.

Martin Devaney’s side will leapfrog Sheffield United into third if they avoid defeat, providing the Blades lose against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.

It has been a flying start for the young Reds, who crushed Charlton Athletic 5-0 in their last outing a fortnight ago. Although our squad on that day had a handful of senior players getting valuable minutes for match fitness, Devaney was still keen to emphasise the quality of our youth prospects, who are performing magnificently this term.

One player catching the eye, in particular, is Dan Bramall. The speedy wide man has six goals so far this season and will be hopeful of adding to his tally when City visit the Oakwell Training Ground.

Former Birmingham youngster, Steve Simpson, will also be looking to add his name to the score sheet, having spent time with the Blues’ academy after arriving in England from Canada as a 14-year-old.

City appear to be the division’s great entertainers this campaign having twice been involved in nine-goal thrillers. However, Steve Spooner’s side were edged out 5-4 on both occasions by Crewe Alexandra and Ipswich Town.

In Josh Andrews, Birmingham have a striker in blistering form. The 19-year-old has seven goals to his name already and has previous against the Reds, scoring the equaliser in last season’s FA Youth Cup fourth round tie that the nine-man Blues went onto win. Incidentally, Andrews was one of the players dismissed following an off the ball altercation with Jordan Helliwell.

Barnsley ran out 5-2 winners the last time City visited South Yorkshire, and Devaney will be confident of a similar result this time around as his side look to continue their fine start to the campaign.

In line with government guidance, this fixture will be played behind closed doors. However, you can follow updates on our official Academy Twitter account, starting with team news from 12pm.

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Match Reports

U23S COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT BIRMINGHAM

24 November 2020

Barnsley U23s came from behind to beat Birmingham City 2-1 at the Oakwell Training Ground on Tuesday afternoon.

In a proverbial game of two halves, Dan Bramall and on-trial Cameron Thompson struck midway through the second period to cancel out Oriel Soldevila’s opener.

The game was cagey for large parts of the first half, with neither side really creating any clear-cut goal scoring opportunities.

City’s direct approach always looked likely to cause problems, particularly with the physicality of Josh Andrews and, when the striker burst through on goal, Ali Omar produced a magnificent recovery tackle to prevent him getting a shot away.

Just after the half hour mark, however, the Blues found a way through when a loose ball fell kindly for Soldevila and the Spanish midfielder rifled home, unmarked, from close range to give the visitors a deserved lead.

Shortly after, Andrews was bundled to the ground inside the area and he confidently stepped up to take the resulting spot kick but was denied by a tremendous Henry Kendrick save as the young goalkeeper flung himself down to his right to parry the ball away.

That seemed to spark the Reds into life and, with the last action of the half, Bramall narrowly headed wide from Will Calligan’s inswinging corner as Martin Devaney’s side pushed for an equaliser.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-1 Birmingham City

City looked keen to add to their tally after the restart and had shouts for a second penalty waved away by the referee after Kyle Hurst went to ground when Kendrick raced off his line.

But with a seven-game unbeaten firmly in their sights, Barnsley slowly began to creep through the gears and Elliot Simoes almost levelled the scores when he flew down the right flank but fizzed his shot wide of the near post.

The Reds wouldn’t be denied for much longer, though, and when Brad Binns played the ball to Simoes, he drove at the Birmingham backline before feeding Bramall, who cut inside and drilled a low shot beyond Elias Rouse.

It was no less than the hosts deserved and within moments were almost ahead when Thompson, introduced as a substitute a few minutes earlier, flicked the ball beyond the onrushing Rouse but couldn’t muster an effort on target.

Barnsley were very much in the ascendancy now and Binns took aim on the half-volley from 25-yards but Rouse produced a fine save to claw the ball away.

But, from the resulting corner, Thompson converted from inside the six-yard box to turn the game on its head and put the Reds on course of a fourth successive victory.

City rallied and threw everything at Kendrick’s goal, but Barnsley held on for three points and climbed to third in the Professional Development League.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2-1 Birmingham City

 

REDS XI: Kendrick (GK), Helliwell, Pache, Omar (c), Winfield, Calligan (Thompson, 61), Binns (Lancaster, 82), Christie-Davies, Simoes, Simpson, Bramall.

Not used: Brown (GK), Nicholson, Cerulli.

CITY XI: Rouse (GK), Gordon, Roberts, Stirk, Campbell, Redmond (c), Soldevila, Thompson-Somers, Andrews, Concannon, Hurst.

Subs: Djvrovic, Brooks, Sun, Fernandez, Dugmore.

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