Posted in Shadow Scholarship 9 months ago
The Barnsley FC Shadow Scholars made it two wins from two on their Barcelona tour with an impressive victory over Alevin A Salou Costa.
Having fallen behind midway through the opening period, Jack Bennett and Regan Millard turned the game on its head at the break before Mason Butcher and Dom Claxton ensured that the Reds would return to South Yorkshire with a 100% record.
The game began at a high-intensity with the two footballing sides looking to play with the ball on the floor.
Lewis French pulled off an important save down to his right before Harry Mayo and Jake Vigrass tried their luck with efforts from range.
The Reds continued to dominate with Jack Bennett twice going close after some sublime creative play from Will Heath, Jake Vigrass and Jack Tinker.
Just a minute later, the side from Salou took the lead through an unstoppable strike into the top left corner of French’s goal.
Now full-time Barnsley FC Academy Scholar Callum Walmsley came off the bench to head a corner against the crossbar.
The Reds were level moments later as Tinker beat his man on the left wing again before laying the ball back for Bennett to finish.
Regan Millard struck a fine shot into the bottom corner to turn the game on its head moments before half time.
Alevin had their best period of the game at the start of the second half in terms of possession however Barnsley’s tireless and calculated pressing kept them pinned in their own defensive third.
Sam Awty became the second player to be denied by the crossbar just over 10 minutes after the restart having seen his initial effort parried by the ‘keeper.
For the second time, Barnsley were to score a minute after going close as Mason Butcher curled into the bottom corner to claim the Barcelona tour golden boot and make it 3-1.
That sparked the Reds back into life and Tinker would’ve extended the lead again shortly afterwards following a classy backheel from Walmsley but the ‘keeper pulled off a fine save.
Jake Vigrass was the next player to be frustrated by the woodwork, his powerful drive cannoning off the post before Luke Jackson’s and Walmsley’s follow-ups were blocked.
Captain Dom Claxton rounded off the game by slotting a penalty coolly into the corner after Awty had been taken out in the box.
Barnsley XI: Lewis French, Luke Jackson, Sam Cook, Dom Claxton, Mason Butcher, Will Heath, Sam Awty, Jake Vigrass, Jack Tinker, Jack Bennett, Harry Mayo.
Substitutes: Jake Barton, Brandon Fearn, Callum Walmsley, Regan Millard, Callum Spragg.