Oldham 1 (Jones 42)
Barnsley 1 (Nyatanga 33, Hourihane 39)
Lee Johnson made just one change as he returned to Oldham Athletic with Cardiff City loanee Declan John starting for his debut in place of George Smith.
A huge Barnsley following were on hand to give the Reds a fantastic reception.
The Reds started off with a few nervy moments as Oldham looked to press hard in the early stages but the Latics could not get any telling shots on target.
Barnsley's first freekick came on 7 minutes after Scowen had initiated a break feeding O'Sullivan who was steaming down the pitch until Adam Lockwood halted his advances. Hourihane took the set piece but Oldham were able to comfortably deal with any danger.
John O'Sullivan was proving to be a handful down the right hand side and won a second freekick for Hourihane to hit into the box with Kusunga heading out for a Barnsley corner. From that Cranie leaped highest but headed over.
A 20th minute freekick for Oldham close to the corner flag brought Adam Davies into action as his pushed the set piece delivery out of the path of the Oldham attack to clear the danger.
On 32 minutes the Reds took the lead. Josh Scowen won the freekick 40 yards out for Conor Hourihane to take. Mason Holgate got an initial shot in which rebound off the keeper and fell perfectly for Lewin Nyatanga to score his fourth goal of the season.
A couple of minutes later Barnsley had another freekick just 22 yards out. Hourihane's strike fizzed just wide.
Barnsley's second goal came off the back of Conor Hourihane. Waring had initially won a corner after his header was deflected out. From the corner with Barnsley trying to score and Oldham trying to clear it was the unfortunate Carl Winchester who tried to clear the ball but it hit the back of Hourihane and into the net.
Oldham soon after reduced the deficit when Mike Jones took his chance well to beat Adam Davies for the first time in six games.
At the very end of the half Conor Hourihane nearly made it three when his thunderbolt strike from 30 yards out grazed the crossbar.
Kean, Brown, Jones, Philliskirk, Forte, Winchester, Wilkinson, Lockwood (C), Woodland, Kusunga, Sadler
Subs: Coleman, Dieng, Mellor, Turner, Bove, Jacobs, Murphy.
Barnsley: Davies, Holgate, Cranie (C), Nyatanga, John, O'Sullivan, Lalkovic, Pearson, Scowen, Hourihane, Waring.
Subs: Dibble, Ibehre, Winnall, Bailey, Smith, M'voto, Jennings