Shadow Scholarship | Everton FC 0 – 5 Barnsley FC

A dominant first half performance saw the Barnsley FC Shadow Scholars make it two wins from two in the National Football Youth League Midlands Premier Division.

Barnsley dominated the early stages as Mason Butcher and Jake Vigrass tried their luck from outside of the box.

They were given a golden chance to open the scoring with just under 15 minutes played after Jack Bennett was brought down by the ‘keeper in the box.

Josh Brown’s initial penalty was parried but the striker drilled in the rebound to give the Reds a deserved lead.

Sandile Masuku quickly became a thorn in the side of the Everton defence and he went close to adding a second goal twice in quick succession, heading just wide from a Brown cross before being denied by a point-blank save from the ‘keeper.

Nathan Okome, making his debut for Mark Tinker’s team against his former club, then drove forward from the defence before curling an effort inches wide of the bottom left corner.

Barnsley began a match-deciding purple patch moments later, scoring four goals in nine minutes at the end of the first half to put the result beyond any doubt.

First, Jake Vigrass reached the by-line and pulled the ball back across the six-yard box for Brown to net his second of the match.

Vigrass added to his assist with a fine goal of his own five minutes later, cutting onto his left foot before sending an unstoppable strike into the top corner.

The Reds’ pressing continued to disrupt Everton’s game plan and Sandile Masuku capitalised on an error to net a fourth goal.

Butcher added Barnsley’s fifth straight from the restart with a composed and well-taken finish from just inside the box.

HT: 0-5

The second half began how the first half had ended as the Reds continued to dominate, Okome heading against the underside of the crossbar from an Alex O’Connor set piece.

Kieron Burton, Brandon Murillo and Ethan Cocker offered fresh legs to a Reds side that was doing everything but score in a second period which they controlled throughout.

O’Connor was the next to be denied by the woodwork, his left-footed strike cannoning off the crossbar with the ‘keeper well-beaten.

The midfielder threatened a goal again shortly afterwards but fired straight at the ‘keeper after fine interplay from Masuku and Bennett.

Bennett was off target from outside the box before another powerful low strike found the side netting late on.