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U18s | PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Birmingham

19 October 2018

Barnsley U18s are looking to make it three consecutive wins when they face Birmingham City on Saturday.

The young Reds thrashed Crewe Alexandra 7-1 a fortnight ago and followed that up with a 2-1 Yorkshire derby victory over Leeds United last weekend.

Kieran Feeney’s double against the Whites took his tally to four goals this season, and the former Wolverhampton Wanderers academy player is eager to keep this form going ahead of the Blues’ visit.

“It was a big derby – the majority of boys in the changing room are from Yorkshire so, for them, it’s a big one,” said the 17-year-old. “It’s always nice to score and, obviously, win the game for the boys.

“There was a bit of concern when they pulled it back to 2-1; it was nervous because the wind was in their favour. In the first half, we had it with us, but in the second half we couldn’t get out of our half.

“It’s the first derby I’ve ever been in where it was a proper derby – tackles flying in everywhere, cards and scraps going on in the game. Rudi [Pache] dislocated his thumb, so it was a bit rough and the atmosphere was good to play in, too.

“This weekend, I’d love to keep scoring, but the main focus is just for the team. When you look at the past two games, we’ve played as a team – it hasn’t been individuals – and that’s where the goals have been coming from.”

The Reds’ formidable front three of Feeney, Tommy Willard and on-trial Dan McBeam are causing defences considerable problems this season.

Between them, the trio have, eleven goals to their name and Feeney believes opposition backlines will be fearing facing Barnsley has they continue to race through the gears.

“Team see the games that are coming up; they see us and watch us, and our front three is a force to be reckoned with because every time the ball goes up to us something is happening,” continued the young forward.

“Sometimes we give the ball away, but then we go to try and win it back. So, for defenders to watch us and know what they’re up against will scare them a bit.”

Birmingham visit South Yorkshire on the back of consecutive home defeats against Burnley and Sheffield United.

Prior to that, Karl Hooper’s side had won three on the bounce and Feeney is expecting a tough encounter this weekend. 

“From my time at Wolves, I’ve played them a few times,” said Feeney. “They might have new players, I’m not too sure. It will be a good test and they’ll be physical, but I’m looking forward to it.”

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