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REPORT: Toulon 2-4 Barnsley

Reds come out on top in French friendly

9 July 2019

The Reds make it two from two in pre-season with this latest friendly victory, gained on foreign soil against a tough Toulon outfit.

Whilst enjoying a week-long training camp in France, using the facilities of Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice, Barnsley made the trip to the Mediterranean coast to take on Sporting Club Toulon on Tuesday 9th July. 

Reds Head Coach, Daniel Stendel partnered new signings Aapo Halme and Bambo Diaby at centre half and there was a pleasing return to action for Jacob Brown who has recently recovered from the ankle injury sustained in the last week of the 2018/19 season.

It was a breathtakingly quick start at the Stade Bon Rencontre. 

The Reds - wearing the brand new home kit for the first time since launch - pressed back their hosts from the kick-off and Cauley Woodrow ended up through on goal, one-on-one with the 'keeper he opened the scoring with a dinked effort for 1-0.

But within minutes Toulon hit back. It was via the spot kick as Halme was adjudged to have handled inside the box; Toulon levelled from 12 yards.

The home side went ahead inside 20 minutes when they caught the Reds out up-field, a low cross turned home inside the penalty area for 2-1. 

But immediately, Barnsley responded when Woodrow notched his and the Reds' second goal finishing across his body, low to the keeper's right.

Going ahead at 3-2 was the moment of the match as some neat football in midfield, some stubborn play from the impressive Cameron McGeehan saw Mike Bähre slot home nicely from eight yards out.

it was 4-2 before half time when Ben Williams was upended as he charged into the box. Up stepped Woodrow from the spot to complete his hat-trick and grab his fifth goal in the opening two friendlies.

HALF TIME: Toulon 2-4 Barnsley

There was a raft of changes at half time for Stendel's charges, and in stiflingly hot conditions, the game became scrappier, although the Reds appeared more solid defensively.

16-year-old Aiden Marsh produced some magic and in doing so he helped Jordan Green in on goal - the wideman went close, seeing an effort turned behind for a corner.

Luke Thomas then weaved his way into the box only to be felled, and the referee again pointed to the penalty spot. But his low effort to the keeper's right wasn't hit hard enough and was parried away. 

There wasn't much else to report as the second half failed to live up to the manic nature of the opening 45.

But it was more valuable game-time for Stendel's squad as they return to Nice where training will resume as pre-season continues ahead of a big season in the Sky Bet Championship.

FULL TIME: Toulon 2-4 Barnsley


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