Young Reds make it back-to-back victories.
Barnsley U18s secured a 2-1 win at home against Crewe U18s, with substitute Jayden Sandhu coming on to score the winner.
A tough first half with dreadful weather conditions saw limited opportunities for both sides. Crewe started quickly on the ball and limited Barnsley’s attacking chances, with the Reds having only one shot on target in the first 30 minutes.
Barnsley grew stronger though as the half progressed and forced the Crewe goalkeeper into some fine saves, but the teams went in at half time goalless.
The second half started brighter and the Reds broke the deadlock first, with a fine volley from Wilberforce Ocran. However, Crewe almost instantaneously responded through Walsh with a tap in to draw them back level.
Both teams saw more chances in the second half and Crewe’s goalkeeper was forced to make a number of saves to keep out Barnsley’s attacking threats. Sandhu finally managed to beat the ‘keeper though by latching onto a rebound following Ocran’s effort, making the score 2-1.
Crewe threatened in the last 10 minutes and Kendrick made some great saves to secure Barnsley two wins in their last two matches.
Following another fine win for his side, Martin Devaney spoke to barnsleyfc.co.uk
“The first half was difficult in terms of our shape, but we spoke at half time and second half implemented the game plan and our shape was a lot better.
“The lads had to work hard to get this win and they are delighted. I’ve told them to enjoy this, their hard work has produced it and they’ve really listened to everything myself and Tom (Harban) have had to say.
“I’m really pleased because we spoke about character and getting two back to back wins, so to go one nil up, then one all and then to win it the way we did was excellent.”