Aiden Marsh’s penalty ensured Barnsley U23s claimed a share of the spoils against Leeds United in the Yorkshire derby.
It was no less than the hosts deserved after falling behind to Bobbie Kamwa’s close range finish midway through the second half.
The young Reds were arguably the better side throughout against a strong visiting team, who fielded Barry Douglas, Ian Carlo Poveda, Jamie Shackleton, Tyler Roberts and Ezgjan Alioski at the Oakwell Training Ground.
Martin Devaney opted to deploy a back five, with Jasper Moon starting his first competitive game since September alongside Mads Andersen and Ali Omar, while Jordan Helliwell and Dani Pinillos occupied the full-back positions.
Chances were few and far between as Barnsley worked tirelessly to regain possession in midfield, predominantly through the energetic Ethan Erhahon and Alex Wollerton.
The closest either team came to scoring was through Andersen, who rose highest under pressure but could only head Pinillos’ free-kick over the bar.
HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Leeds United
Harry Gagen was introduced at the interval for Moon, who completed a tough 45 minutes as he continues his return from injury – and he was immediately in the thick of things, showing great composure to head back to Corey Addai with Roberts lurking dangerously.
Leeds began to show signs of creativity and soon registered their first shot in anger through Poland U21 international Mateusz Bogusz, who stung the palms of Addai from the edge of the area.
But the deadlock was soon broken as Poveda – on loan from Premier League champions Manchester City – burst down the right flank and picked out substitute Kamwa, who converted from inside the six-yard box.
Barnsley could have crumbled following that goal, but they rallied and were awarded a penalty when Angus Chapman was clumsily hacked down by Untied stopper Elia Caprile.
The young striker confidently stepped up and dispatched his spot-kick into the top corner with unerring confidence to level the scores 13 minutes from time.
That would prove to be the encounter’s final talking point as both sides settled for a point in a keenly contested Yorkshire derby.
REDS XI: Addai, Helliwell, Andersen, Moon (Gagen, 46), Omar, Pinillos, Wollerton, Erhahon, Simpson (Barnett, 76), Willard (Chapman, 65), Marsh.
Not used: Brown, Martin.
LEEDS XI: Caprile, Hasannah, Douglas, Caseya, Struijk, Davis, Poveda, Shackleton, Roberts, Bogusz, Alioski.
Subs: Male, Cresswell, McCalmont, Gotts, Kamwa.