Shadow Scholarship | Carlisle United 2-1 Barnsley

The Barnsley FC Shadow Scholars fell to a narrow defeat away at highflying Carlisle United this afternoon.

Having conceded early on, the Reds got back in the game with an equaliser after half time but the National Football Youth League leaders moved ahead and held on for the three points.

Carlisle started the game on top and soon had their reward with the opening goal of the game within the first five minutes.

Lewis French pulled off a string of stunning saves to keep the deficit at just one goal, including tipping a goalbound cross onto the crossbar in acrobatic fashion.

Ben Marsh worked an opportunity for Will Heath on the edge of the box but his off-balance shot didn’t cause the ‘keeper any problems.

The hosts should’ve doubled their lead five minutes later but, having worked the ball into the box, their striker couldn’t re-organise his feet to finish from close range.

Barnsley finished the half strongly with Jack Tinker and Harry Mayo combining well down the right wing but they couldn’t find an equaliser before half time.

HT: 1-0

The Reds began the second half at a much higher intensity and found a way back into the game just four minutes after the restart.

Essa N’Dow won the ball back 25 yards out from the Carlisle goal, got the ball out of his feet and fired an unstoppable low drive into the bottom corner.

Not content with just being level, the visitors continued to dominate play with half time substitute Sam Awty causing problems on the right wing and Mayo operating in the number 10 role.

Dom Claxton and Kye Cockburn continued to produce a number of important challenges to prevent an increasingly dangerous Carlisle counter attack.

There was nothing the two centre backs could do midway through the half however as the hosts’ winger fired into the bottom corner to regain the lead.

Five minutes later, Mark Tinker’s side received another blow as the impressive Cockburn was forced from the field following a heavy challenge and replaced by Adam Maywand.

Jimmy Pursell released Awty on the right wing but the latter’s eventual drilled cross was cleared before it could be turned in by Jack Bennett.

A darting run from Maywand earned one final opportunity for Barnsley however the resulting corner came to nothing and the Reds were forced to travel back to South Yorkshire empty-handed.

Barnsley XI: Lewis French, Jack Tinker, Kye Cockburn, Dom Claxton, Bailey Oates, Will Heath, Jimmy Pursell, Harry Mayo, Ben Marsh, Essa N’Dow, Jack Bennett.

Substitutes: Sam Awty, Adam Maywand, Callum Reed.