SCUNTHORPE UNITED 0
Barnsley and Scunthorpe United head in goalless at half time in the Good Friday clash at Oakwell. In a cagey first half, two early efforts from ex-Barnsley midfielder Jim O’Brien were the closest the visitors came to opening the scoring. Ivan Toney’s low ball in was almost turned into his own goal by Scunthorpe’s Jordan Clarke while Adam Hammill continued to torment the right-back with a series of darting runs. O’Brien’s effort in the final minute drifted wide of the Barnsley upright, as both sides went in level at the break.
After a long spell of Barnsley possession, a fast break from the visitors saw former Red Jim O’Brien tee up Luke Williams who forced a good save out of Adam Davies after seven minutes. Ivan Toney, who rejoined the Reds yesterday from Newcastle United, almost saw his low ball in turned into his own net by Jordan Clarke 10 minutes in. O’Brien unleashed a thunderous drive from the edge of the area a quarter of an hour in which left Davies rooted but flew past the post of the Barnsley stopper. Just before the half hour, Adam Hammill jinked his way into a dangerous position but found his route to goal blocked and Toney could not fire home the loose ball. With 10 minutes to go to half time, Murray Wallace headed Jamie Ness’ corner into the ground but over the bar while Josh Scowen received a caution for a late challenge on Wallace. Hammill again skipped past Clarke but Toney failed to direct his header on target six minutes before the break while O’Brien flashed an effort wide in the half’s final action.
BARNSLEY: Davies, White, Roberts, Mawson, Williams, Scowen, Hammill, Hourihane, Chapman, Brownhill, Toney.
Substitutes: Townsend, Tuton, Nyatanga, Smith, Khan, McCourt, Harris.
SCUNTHORPE: Daniels, Mirfin, Williams, Madden, O’Brien, Dawson, Townsend, Hopper, Wallace, Ness, Clarke.
Substitutes: Anyon, Laird, Vose, Adelakun, King, Goode, Sutton.