Shadow Scholarship | Sunderland Shildon 3-2 Barnsley

A combination of individual errors and missed opportunities saw the Shadow Scholarship U19’s fall to defeat against Sunderland’s Shildon Scholars.

Barnsley started the game on top with Essa N’Dow forcing an early corner before Jimmy Pursell’s back post delivery evaded Dom Claxton.

N’Dow was inches away from finding the far corner with a low drive before his strike partner Jack Bennett dragged a shot from inside the box wide of the mark.

Two quick-fire goals saw Barnsley deservedly take control of a first half they had been dominating.

First N’Dow latched onto a through ball before poking the ball into the back of the net before Jack Bennett headed a perfect delivery from Bailey Oates into the corner.

Liam Wright and Nathan Greenwood combined well to create the first real opening for Sunderland however Brandon Fearn recovered to clear the danger.

Pursell and N’Dow both sent curling efforts over the bar but the Reds couldn’t add to their tally before the break.

HT: 0-2

Sunderland began the second half with more intent and created an early chance for Wright but the number nine couldn’t keep his effort down.

Barnsley should’ve put the game to bed 10 minutes later after Bennett and Oates combined down the left wing, the latter’s cross was only cleared as far as N’Dow who blazed over the top of the bar.

Just like the Reds had done in the first half, a flurry of goals brought the hosts back into the game.

The impressive Wright tucked in the rebound from a Lewis French save before capitalizing on a defensive error to complete a two-minute brace and level the game.

A piece of individual brilliance from Jake Vigrass nearly regained the lead instantly as he beat two defenders before his shot was well-saved by Matthew Wilkinson in the Sunderland goal.

Another dangerous delivery from Oates then saw the Reds go even closer but Fearn’s header clipped the top of the crossbar.

French pulled off a fantastic diving save to deny a spectacular Sunderland effort however there was nothing he could do three minutes later as Cristian Campos found the bottom corner from the edge of the box to complete the turnaround.

Mark Tinker put Harry Mayo and Sam Cook on to try and find a response, something which nearly came moments after making the substitutions but N’Dow couldn’t direct his shot on target.

Regan Millard replaced Pursell late on however Bennett fired wide on the half-volley late on as Sunderland held on for the three points.

Barnsley XI: Lewis French, Callum Walmsley, Brandon Fearn, Dom Claxton, Mason Butcher, Jack Tinker, Jimmy Pursell, Jake Vigrass, Bailey Oates, Jack Bennett, Essa N’Dow.

Substitutions: Harry Mayo, Regan Millard, Sam Cook.