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U18S BEAT WATFORD ON FINAL DAY

12 May 2024

Match Reports

U18S BEAT WATFORD ON FINAL DAY

12 May 2024

Our U18s ended their Professional Development League campaign in style with a confident 2-0 win against Watford at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon.

Second half goals from Rafael Monteiro and Geoffrey Lundoloki were enough to seal all three points and ensure Nicky Eaden’s side head into next weekend’s play-off semi-final at Charlton Athletic in fine form.

The young Reds started brightly, with two early chances falling to Luke Alker – who struck the frame of the goal – and Trialist C as we looked to impose ourselves on the contest.

Watford also had their own opportunities to take the lead, but defender Will Thompson showed excellent composure to thwart opposition striker Smith in a dangerous area.

The Hornets grew in confidence as the half wore on, and Bayley McCann was well placed to clear a close range effort from Nabizada off the line to keep the scores level at the break.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Watford

It took a while for either team to build momentum after the restart, but it was the Reds who eventually found their feet as Monteiro latched onto a pass from Trialist C, raced clear and applied a cool finish to open the scoring.

The Portuguese midfielder came close to doubling the lead two minutes later with a chip in the box which was collected by Watford goalkeeper Morris.

However, Barnsley remained resolute and, midway through the half, Lundoloki responded to an excellent ball into the area with a stunning half-volley that proved too hot to handle for Morris as we established a two-goal cushion.

Full of confidence, the Reds sought to add to that tally in the closing stages with Monteiro fizzing one narrowly wide before Lundoloki saw an effort ruled out for offside. 

It was another positive and vibrant display from our U18s, who will head to south London on Saturday looking to continue the defence of their first ever National title.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2-0 Watford

 

REDS XI: Ravenhill, Kozluk (Reid), McCann, Thompson, Bland (Warburton), Yoganathan (Graham), Trialist B (Lundoloki), Trialist C, Monteiro, Alker.

Not used: Trialist D.


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