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U21S SHARE SPOILS WITH POSH

28 September 2022

Match Reports

U21S SHARE SPOILS WITH POSH

28 September 2022

Barnsley U21s shared the points in a fiery 1-1 draw with Peterborough United on Tuesday afternoon in the Professional Development League.

Following a hard-fought 90 minutes from our young Reds, a resilient Posh side ensured that the spoils were shared at the Oakwell Training Ground.

Succeeding the first whistle, Barnsley were quick out of the blocks and looked to punish the visitors for their slow start. The first chance of the game fell to Fabio Jalo, who received a defence-splitting ball from Danny Benson, setting him free to run into the box. However, the forward was forced wide and his ball across the box was narrowly missed by Keegan Hartley, inches away from what would have been a certain goal.

Soon after, some clumsy defending from Peterborough granted Hayden Pickard a chance to deliver into the box from a free-kick near the left corner flag. The wing-back’s whipped cross was met by Jasper Moon, whose header looked destined to fly into the back of the net, but the defender didn’t get enough of a touch on it, resulting in the ball glancing past the post.

Our young Reds continued to smell blood as Posh were left on the ropes dealing with the early onslaught of attacks. In the tenth minute, Harrison Nejman came the closest to opening the scoring. The midfielder found himself in space to the right of the box and looked to get his attempt away. His driven low shot fizzed past Lakin in the visitor’s goal, but a matter of millimetres denied our U21s the goal they deserved as the ball ricocheted off the upright.

Another chance went begging soon after Nejman’s effort. Some lethargic passing from Peterborough’s defence, coupled with some impressive high pressing led to Will Hondermarck robbing the ball from Titchmarsh. Our number two then sent Jalo through on goal, but his curling effort went wide of the mark.

Barnsley continued to push for the opener, but a display of excellent goalkeeping denied them. Hondermark found himself marauding up the pitch yet again, and a quick link-up with Jalo resulted in the wing-back driving into the box. However, his powerful effort was matched by the ‘keeper and pushed away for a corner.

The goalkeeper was on hand again to deny Jack Butterfill from putting his team ahead. An attempt from the edge of the box from Jalo was deflected into the path of Butterfill, who struck it into an onrushing defender. The ball’s altered path originally looked to deceive the goalkeeper, but a quick recovery kept his team from conceding as he smothered the ball.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Peterborough United

Peterborough broke the deadlock eight minutes after the restart. Following on from a foul, a free-kick near the left corner flag was whipped low and hard into the box by Kai Corbett. His cross managed to deceive everyone as it flew past both sets of players and into the bottom corner of the goal. The Posh forward wheeled away in jubilation to celebrate his goal, whilst our U21s looked furious and determined to rectify the scoreline.

After the goal, Nicky Eaden and Bobby Hassell were quick to make a change, opting for a triple substitution to try to change the pace of the game. Jasper Moon, Will Hondermark and Jean-Claude Makiessi all made way for Amir Ariely, Theo Chapman and Jonathan Bland.

The Reds still seemed a little shell-shocked by the quick goal and struggled to deal with Peterborough’s successive attacks. However, some top-quality goalkeeping from Paul Cooper kept his team in it, as the man between the sticks originally made a save before heroically punching the ball out of the box as it was whipped back in.

Midway through the half, parity was restored to the game in the shape of an excellent goal from Hartley. Our U21s presented some fluid attacking play as they moved the ball up the pitch, eventually leading to Benson receiving the ball with his back to goal. A beautiful quick lay-off from the defender saw Hartley pick up the ball on the edge of the box, and he made no mistake in smashing it home, a much-deserved equaliser for the Reds.

Despite efforts from either side in a frantic finale, the full-time whistle sounded with nothing to separate the teams on the scoreline. However, our U21s will be disappointed they couldn’t punish Peterborough more in the first half and turn one point into all three.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1-1 Peterborough United

 

REDS XI: Cooper (GK), Hondermarck, Pickard, Lancaster (C), D Benson, Moon, Nejman, Makiessi, Hartley, Jalo, Butterfill.

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


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