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Under 23s 1-1 Barnsley - report

3 February 2020

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Sheffield United's Under 23s showed plenty of fighting spirit to score a late equaliser which earned them a point at home to Barnsley.

It was the least the Blades deserved on a night where it could have easily been more, but an 88th minute own goal was at least some reward for their efforts.

With a fairly young side put out by manager Andy Hughes off the back of several players departing on loan, the Blades largely controlled the game throughout but struggled to create clear cut chances during the opening 45 minutes.

Harry Boyes and Tommy Williams were lively down the wings in the opening minutes and Boyes in particular put several early crosses into the box before a ball in by Zak Brunt just evaded Sammy Ompreon.

Ompreon saw a shot blocked as half-time loomed but Barnsley had other ideas as they got in down United's left and after a cross was blocked, Alex Wollerton was on hand to turn the ball home.

It was a big setback for the Blades before the break but they created several big chances after the break and it felt like the goal was never going to come.

Williams went close when his low effort was pushed behind and United somehow saw two efforts from Nickseon Gomis and Jean Belehouan blocked on the line from the resulting corner.

Daniel Jebbison made his Under 23s debut with 20 minutes to go as the Blades looked for more attacking options and he nearly made his mark when his header from a corner was well blocked.

Leo Gaxha went agonisingly close with 10 minutes to go when his shot on the turn flashed just wide, but the goal did arrive with minutes to spare when Gaxha beat his man down the left and saw his low ball in deflected home by Barnsley defender Pinillos.

Blades: Amissah, To. Williams, Boyes, Belehouan, Hall, Gomis, Brunt, Neal, Ompreon (Jebbison 71), Gaxha, Gribbin (York 81).
Unused: S. Kelly, Grant, Brooks.

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