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U21S SECURE IMPRESSIVE VICTORY AGAINST CHARLTON

3 September 2022

Match Reports

U21S SECURE IMPRESSIVE VICTORY AGAINST CHARLTON

3 September 2022

A Jack Butterfill brace sealed all three points for our U21s against a strong Charlton Athletic outfit at the Oakwell Training Ground on Friday afternoon.

The 18-year-old broke the deadlock during the opening exchanges and doubled his goal tally midway through the first half to earn the young Reds a well-deserved victory.

Barnsley imposed their physical presence from-the-off and were going about their business in a calm and confident manner, though the Reds remained unfazed by this and were eager to impact the game when they retained possession.

Our young team’s first attack would soon result in their first goal. A deep Joe Ackroyd cross from the left landed to Kareem Hassan-Smith on the edge of the six-yard box. The wing-back then played an excellent low ball to Butterfill who slotted the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

Barnsley remained positive after their opener and came close to doubling their lead just minutes later. Hayden Pickard launched the ball to Ackroyd who played another delightful cross into the box. Barnsley’s forward line were eager to tap home but to no avail, as the ball sailed just past the post and out for a Charlton goal kick. 

Our visitors were now back in possession and would soon reclaim the momentum they had been missing since the opening goal. 

A flurry of corners later ensued, the last of which almost saw them pull level. A goalmouth scramble resulted in multiple Charlton shots blocked, before their final strike went well wide and out for a Barnsley goal kick.

Tom Harban’s side were defending brilliantly; their opposition showed glimpses of quality but the Reds continued to hold their own and remain focussed in their defensive tasks.

Barnsley would soon double their lead from a set piece. An Ackroyd corner met Butterfill at the near post who flicked the ball wonderfully into the top corner past a despairing Ahmed Kone between the Charlton sticks - almost a carbon copy of his finish against Bristol City.

Our U21s were now in the ascendency; the shear amount of confidence they had whilst controlling possession was a pleasure to watch.

The final action of the first half saw Keegan Hartley’s powerful shot somehow rebound back into play after hitting the inside of the post. A goal seemed the most deserved and likely outcome in this situation, meaning it was a let off for Charlton.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 2-0 Charlton Athletic

The opening exchanges of the second half were dominated by the visitors. The southeast London side saw a number of promising looking attacks eventually fizzle into nothing.

Their first chance of the half came from a corner when the ball fell to captain Euan Williams, whose powerful shot blazed well over the bar and out for a goal kick.

Tyreece Campbell was the next to go close to scoring for the Addicks, as he went  to ground in the box before he could get his shot away. The referee rightly waved play on and didn’t award the Charlton man with a penalty, so play continued.

Barnsley were defending excellently; denying their opposition of any clear cut chances. Although the majority of play was in their own half, they remained nonchalant and allowed very few gaps in their defence.

Perhaps Charlton’s best chance of the game was a shot which was block brilliantly on the line by Harrison Nejman, who denied a certain goal.

Barnsley’s trialist goalkeeper was yet to be seriously tested as he comfortably collected the ball following a flurry of Charlton chances. A long range strike from Daniel Kanu was the first time he was called upon, and he was equal to the forward’s effort and pulled off a brilliant save.

The final portion of the game saw Barnsley have the majority of possession. Fabio Jalo had a late free-kick spectacularly clawed out of the top corner by visiting 'keeper Ahmed Kone as the Reds looked to add the cherry on the cake.

When the full-time whistle blew, it brought a fully deserved three points for our U21s against a team who came into the fixture having scored 14 goals in their opening three games of the campaign.


FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2-0 Charlton Athletic

REDS XI: Trialist (GK), Hassan-Smith, Pickard, Lancaster (C), Moon, Benson, Ackroyd, Nejman, Butterfill, Hartley, Jalo.

Subs: Ravenhill (GK), Dyer, Makiessi, Bland, Chapman.


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