Barnsley U23s rounded off their pre-season preparations with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on Tuesday afternoon.
It has been a productive summer for Martin Devaney, who has seen his side win six and draw one of their friendlies ahead of the Professional Development League campaign.
The young Reds, combined with a number of senior players, were impressive in the first half and took a deserved lead when Sam Fielding rose highest to head home Alex Wollerton’s deep corner.
George Miller was proving to be a constant thorn in the Magpies’ defence as he made a number of probing runs in behind, only to be denied by visiting goalkeeper Jake Turner.
But Barnsley would soon double their lead, albeit via a stroke of luck. Following a spell of possession and neat interplay between on-trial Keziah Martin and Dani Pinillos, the Spaniard’s whipped cross into the area took a wicked deflection off Oisin McEntee, looping over Turner and into the far corner.
Newcastle began to grow into the encounter and, just two minutes before half-time, halved the deficit when Elias Sørensen lofted the ball over Jack Walton from 20-yards.
HALF-TIME: Barnsley 2-1 Newcastle United
Devaney made six changes at the interval, with first team players withdrawn having gained valuable match fitness.
The visitors looked to start on the front foot and took the game to Barnsley, but were unable to make their superiority count as they were repelled by a resolute Reds backline time and time again.
Newcastle tried to scramble home an equaliser from a corner, but Jasper Moon made a brave block on the goal line before Jordan Barnett launched the ball clear.
It seemed to be only a matter of time before the Magpies made the breakthrough as they came close with a long range free-kick and flashed a couple of efforts wide of the upright.
However a swift Barnsley counter-attack seven minutes from time resulted in Barnett’s cross being turned into his own net by the unfortunate Rosaire Longelo to make it 3-1 and effectively end the tie as a contest.
The young Reds’ attention now turns to their Professional Development League opener at Coventry City on Monday 12 August.
REDS XI: Walton (Kucz, 46), J Williams (Pache, 46), Fielding, Halme (Moon, 46), Pinillos (Barnett, 46), Styles (Ward, 46), Wollerton, Martin, Palmer, Marsh (Willard, 55), Miller.
Not used: Milambo, Olatubosun.
NEWCASTLE XI: Turner, Barrett, Walters, McEntee, Cass, Watts, Sangare, Bailey, Sørensen, Allan, Young.
Subs: Swailes, Langley, Scott, Charman, Longelo.