Half time at Oakwell
Barnsley 1 (Davies 14)
Blackpool 1 (Ince 30)
The honours were even at half time between the Reds and Blackpool after an entertaining opening half at Oakwell.
It wasn’t long before John Stones was up to his usual trick of finding a great position down the right flank and delivering an expert ball into the box for Dagnall. The Reds forward forced Gilks into a remarkable save to his left on two minutes and Davies was denied by the flag on the follow-up.
Two minutes later Matt Phillips blasted straight at Alnwick from distance before his namesake Kevin squeezed a shot through a body of players only for Alnwick to be in the right place once more.
The Reds’ ‘keeper’s hands were really tested by a stinging shot from Baptiste but it was Barnsley who next threatened and subsequently found the lead.
Mellis bombed forward and sent through an exquisite through-ball for Davies who absolutely lashed a strike into the far corner past a helpless Gilks on 14 minutes.
The wind was now in the sails of Barnsley and Dagnall thought he was in just moments later when Mellis dinked forward a lovely ball but Eardley appeared from nowhere with a fine last-ditch tackle.
When it seemed to quieten down, Blackpool came right out of the blue with a deadly through-ball into the path of Ince who made no mistake when one-on-one with Alnwick on half-an-hour.
The end of the first-half petered out slightly but both teams were playing neat football when given the chance.
Fourth Official: Richard Wigglesworth
Assistant Referees: Mark Jones and Iain Siddall
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Subs: Halstead, Gomes, Osbourne, Cathcart, Dicko, Delfouneso, Eccleston.
Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, M. Phillips, K, Phillips, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher, Sylvestre, Baptiste, Martinez, Harris.
Subs: Steele, Collins, Perkins, Etuhu, Harewood, Done, Noble-Lazarus.
Reds: Alnwick, Stones, Foster, Golbourne, Wiseman, Dawson, Cranie, Cywka, Dagnall, Mellis, Davies.