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Under 21s: Reds 3 Coventry City 2

8 October 2012

3-2 win for Flicker's men

Reds U21s 3 (Etuhu 15, Oates 45, Clark 87)
Coventry U21s 2 (O'Donovan 32, Scott o.g. 59)

Barnsley Under 21s' first win of the season was overshadowed by a worrying injury to Danny Rose at Oakwell this afternoon.

The Reds claimed a late win through Jordan Clark after being pegged back twice, with Rose missing a penalty before suffering an injury from a very late challenge towards the end of the first half.

Danny Rose set the tone for the match with a long-range drive on just two minutes that zipped over the bar, Coventry came close though three minutes later when they struck the bar.

It should have been 1-0 to the Reds on eight minutes but for a splendid block by Malaga. Rose pulled the ball back from the left to Clark whose shot was expertly denied by the Sky Blues defender.

With quarter of an hour gone, Barnsley broke the deadlock courtesy of a slice of good fortune. Noble-Lazarus carved out the opening down the left, delivering for Etuhu to fire home from 12 yards via a deflection off Malaga.

The Reds were in control and on 20 minutes were awarded a penalty after Oates was hacked down in the box. Rose stepped up to smash down the middle but Burge blocked well to deny the Reds' striker.

It was certainly a busy afternoon for Burge in the Coventry net as he had to deny Rose from a tight angle before tipping a  speculative effort of the striker's past the post on 26 minutes.

Clark was then thwarted by Burge as Barnsley's tightened their grip on the match but Coventry somehow found a leveller on 32 minutes when O'Donovan slipped past Steele from the edge of the box.

Six minutes before the break, Rose seemed off and away down the left but Malaga swiped a very, very high boot at the striker which left him crumpled in a heap on the deck. Just a yellow was shown to the defender, whilst Rose received Oxygen and treatment on the sideline for five minutes before heading off the field on a stretcher. Matty Steade came on in his place.

The break in play didn't stop the flow of Barnsley's confidence and play as they regained the lead on 45 minutes. Done danced away down the left and lofted a delightful ball towards the far stick and Oates who towered above the ball to nod home from five yards.

There was still time for Burge to be kept busy before half-time as Done drilled in a low effort but the City 'keeper tipped his strike onto the post.

On the resumption of play the Reds continued where they left off and continued to knock the ball across the field well, with Oates, Hassell and Etuhu linking up well down the right with Noble-Lazarus.

A minute before the hour, Coventry once again found a goal from nowhere. A deep corner cause confusion in the Barnsley box and Jake Scott chested into his own net for the leveller.

The hosts' response was immediate as the substitute Steade hammered towards goal only for Burge to once again thwart the Tykes with a solid save to his right.

On 82 minutes a glorious opportunity came the way of Scott when Etuhu's corner was headed into the path of the youngster by Hassell, but Scott could only glance over from six yards.

With Barnsley dominating, it seemed Coventry would stand strong thanks to the heroics of their 'keeper, but Jordan Clark popped up with the winner three minutes from time. Erico Sousa slipped a delightful through-ball down the right for Clark and after rounding the 'keeper, Barnsley's man of the match somehow squeezed home from a seemingly impossible angle for the winner.

Reds: Steele, Patterson, Noble-Lazarus, Kilburn (Abbott 57), Scott, Hassell, Etuhu, Done, Clark, Rose (Steade 43), Oates (Sousa 72).
Subs not used: Lidakevicius.

Attendance: 126

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