Shadow Scholarship | Newcastle United 0-4 Barnsley

Aidan Hargreaves scored a hat-trick as the Barnsley FC Shadow Scholarship made it three wins in a row with an impressive display at Newcastle United.

Lewis French barely had a save to make in what was a totally dominant performance from start to finish, which sees the Reds leapfrog their hosts in the National Football Youth League.

Barnsley nearly opened the scoring within the first three minutes as Jake Vigrass played Hargreaves in behind the defence, however the ‘keeper parried his powerful effort away for a corner.

The Reds began to find joy down the right wing, with Bailey Oates sending a free kick just wide of the mark after Jack Tinker had been brought down.

Tinker was involved again as Barnsley took a deserved lead, playing it down the line for Harry Mayo, who put in a pinpoint cross for Hargreaves to slot in his first goal.

Dom Claxton header fell wide of the bottom corner before his fellow centre back Callum Walmsley half-volleyed past the post from another dangerous Jimmy Pursell corner.

Mark Tinker had his namesake Jack to thank for doubling his side’s lead with just over half an hour played, as the right full back powered his way to the by-line before seeing his driven cross deflected into the back of the net by a Newcastle defender.

Mayo, who ran tirelessly throughout the game, nearly added a classy third goal 10 minutes later but he couldn’t keep his shot down after beating a defender with a sublime flick.

Hargreaves capitalised on a loose back pass late in the half to poke into the bottom corner for Barnsley’s third goal.

HT: 0-3

Mayo was denied twice early in the second half by the busy Newcastle ‘keeper as the Reds looked to finish the game off.

The number 10 turned provider once again just under 15 minutes after the restart, playing inside for Hargreaves to seal his hat-trick.

Barnsley didn’t look like letting up despite the points being effectively sealed, with Mason Butcher and Mayo involved in a blistering counter-attack which ended in Pursell curling an effort agonisingly close to the far corner of the Newcastle goal.

Rhys Wilson and Sandy Masuka sparked new life into the attack from the subs bench with 20 minutes to go.

The former could’ve made it 5-0 shortly after coming on but he couldn’t keep his header down from inside the box.

Newcastle nearly pulled a goal back as a wayward cross looked to be creeping in at the far post before French somehow tipped it away to safety.

Luke Jackson and Brad Greenfield were brought into play late on, helping seal out a professional performance away from home.

Barnsley XI: Lewis French, Callum Walmsley, Sam Cook, Dom Claxton, Jack Tinker, Mason Butcher, Jimmy Pursell, Bailey Oates, Jake Vigrass, Aidan Hargreaves.

Substitutes: Luke Jackson, Brad Greenfield, Rhys Wilson, Sandy Masuka.