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U23s | Reds 3-0 Blades: Match Report.

11 November 2016

Reds secure fourth win from five matches with a complete performance against their South Yorkshire rivals!

Paul Harsley's Barnsley Under 23s produced an excellent performance to beat Sheffield United Under 23s 3-0 in the South Yorkshire derby.

Saidy Janko slotted the Reds ahead after an excellent driving run down the right with Jacob Brown and Callum Evans both coming close to doubling the lead before the break.

Josh Kay doubled the lead seven minutes into the second half after blazing down the right and lashing home, before the Blades were awarded a penalty for a soft foul in the area.

Stuart's penalty was smartly saved by Jack Walton and the Reds put the icing on the cake 11 minutes from time as Kay released Jake Charles, who fired home a well deserved third goal.

The visitors had the first chance of the game inside the opening minute as Smith scuffed an effort at goal which Jack Walton comfortably gathered before the Reds took the lead.

Saidy Janko charged down right wing, leaving a trail of defenders in his wake, before lashing across the goalkeeper Perryman and finding the bottom corner.

Jacob Brown glanced a header just wide of the post after latching onto the end of Callum Evans' superb delivery while Reds captain Jared Bird received a caution for a foul in the middle of the pitch.

Walton got down well to deny Smith levelling the scores for the Blades before an injury to Dylan Mottley-Henry saw Wales Under-21 international Jake Charles come on in his place.

Brown had a shot well blocked at the end of a flowing Reds move on the half hour, but Paul Harsley's side thought they should have been awarded a penalty after Ryan Williams was upended inside the area.

Instead a free kick was awarded which left-back Evans fired just over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

The final chance of the half was inexplicably missed by the Blades as Stuart squared the ball to Wright, who lifted the ball over the crossbar from less than two yards out.

HALF TIME: Reds U23s 1-0 Sheffield United U23s

Janko was replaced at the break by James Carvell and his introduction inspired the Reds to doubling their lead seven minutes after the restart.

Kay picked up the ball on the right, powered forward and unleashed an unstoppable effort past Perryman in the visiting goal, doubling Barnsley's lead.

Stuart headed just wide at the back post moments later before a soft penalty decision gave the visitors another chance to halve the deficit.

Stuart stepped up but could not find a way past Jack Walton, who got down smartly to smother the ball and clear it away to safety.

Carvell was upended on the run and his resultant 25-yard free kick was parried behind by Perryman, while at the other end, Walton reacted well to tip Wright's effort away, with Evans bravely blocking the second attempt from Smith.

Charles put the result beyond all doubt 11 minutes from time after collecting Josh Kay's cross field pass, showed great strength to outmuscle his marker and then a clinical touch to blast home Barnsley's third.

The Welsh attacker came close to a second soon after as he latched onto Jared Bird's pass but fired against the outside of the post.

That chance was followed soon after by another for Brown, who fired just past the post following a one-on-one situation.

Sheffield United had the final chance of the match when they headed a chance from close range against the Reds' crossbar but despite their appeals, the ball was deemed to not to have crossed the line.

Harsley's side held on to keep their second consecutive clean sheet and a well-deserved three points.

Reds: Walton (GK), Proctor, Rodriguez, Cowgill, Evans, Janko (Carvell, 46' ), Kay (Patrick, 82' ), Bird (C), Mottley-Henry (Charles, 29' ), Williams, Brown.

Subs: Greatorex (GK), Dolan.

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