Posted in Education & Shadow Scholarship 7 months ago
The Barnsley FC Shadow Scholars finished off their National Football Youth League Midlands/North Premier Division campaign with a resounding victory over Everton FC.
Having twice come from behind, the Reds finished with a flurry late on as they ended the season by beating the side that they had been defeated by in the first game of the 2018/19 campaign.
Barnsley almost made the perfect start as Sam Cook saw a header from a corner cleared off the line within the opening minute.
The Toffees looked dangerous at the other end in the opening stages too, their number nine blazing over from inside the box.
It took a fantastic reaction save to deny Jack Bennett from opening the scoring after being put in behind the defence by Sam Awty.
Everton took the lead midway through the half with the striker finishing well from a tight angle after a long throw-in.
Jack Tinker tried his luck from 25 yards just over 10 minutes later, his effort being tipped around the post by the visiting ‘keeper.
Mason Butcher coolly slotted a penalty down the middle of the goal after Bennett was tumbled over in the box as the Reds went in level at the break.
Everton re-took the lead just over 10 minutes into a tight opening to the second half, the striker poking into an empty net after Lewis French had made a stunning initial save from a bullet header.
The Reds hit back five minutes later with Bennett rounding the ‘keeper to finish after some silky one-touch football around the box.
After Jake Vigrass had shot just wide, Barnsley moved in front for the first time thanks to one of the goals of the season.
Showing their patience, Barnsley worked the ball through several players before it eventually came out wide to Tinker, who rifled his shot into the roof of the net.
Essa N’Dow got in on the act four minutes later as he found the top corner from inside the box after Bennett’s pullback.
The visitors reduced the deficit shortly afterwards with their number nine finishing past French after a pinpoint through ball.
Tinker dragged a shot just wide before Butcher’s driven effort went over the crossbar as Barnsley looked to regain their two-goal cushion.
Bennett secured the win with three minutes remaining, finding the bottom corner with a powerful shot to complete a brace.
The Reds weren’t done just yet however as Masuku, who had been instrumental throughout the game, curled into the back of the net to add more gloss to a sublime final day victory.
Barnsley XI: Lewis French, Sam Awty, Sam Cook, Brandon Fearn, Jack Tinker, Regan Millard, Mason Butcher, Sandy Masuku, Jake Vigrass, Jack Bennett, Essa N’Dow.
Substitutes: Will Heath, Brandon Murillo, Fabian Tykfer, Rhys Wilson, Joe Garbutt.