Another good night with the under-21s

Last updated : 12 October 2015 By Tony Scholes
Brad Jackson opened the scoring

Brad Jackson and Luke Hendrie scored within four minutes of each other to give us a half time lead and Ntumba Massanka wrapped things up with a goal midway through the second half before Barnsley pulled one back with a superb goal close to the end.

But there was no doubting that the better team won although Barnsley provided much tougher opposition for a Burnley team that was much younger than the one that had beaten Wigan. Last time we included both Kevin Long and Fredrik Ulvestad but they were both missing tonight as were Conor Mitchell and Cameron Dummigan, both on duty with the Northern Ireland under-21s and the injured Daniel Agyei.

Danijel Nizic is currently on a youth loan at Crewe but was able to play in goal with Arlen Birch, Alex Whitmore, Steven Hewitt and Josh Ginnelly coming in to replace the four outfield players.

If anything, Barnsley probably started on the front foot and Nizic was forced into the first save of the game, but Burnley soon got into their stride with Jamie Frost forcing a save from Barnsley keeper Jack Walton as he got his head to a Ginnelly cross.

He made another couple of saves as Burnley pushed for an opener and he could do nothing when we finally broke the deadlock in the 37th minute although I'm far from convinced that the goal should have been allowed.

Just a couple of minutes earlier a ball went out for a Burnley corner on the left wing. Nothing was given and when Frost got to the ball and crossed  it the whistle blew. Astonishingly, the officials gave a goal kick, and I believe they got it wrong again when the ball looked to go over the line again.

Again nothing was given as Massanka got onto the ball. His cross was perfect for Jackson whose deft header back across the keeper found the corner of the net.

Four minutes later and we were in total control with Massanka again involved. Tom Anderson, who formed a formidable defensive partnership with Whitmore, headed a corner down for Massanka. He held the ball up before laying it off for Hendrie who shot home from around the penalty spot.

The last time I saw a Hendrie score at Turf Moor I wasn't too impressed. It was John playing for Middlesbrough in 1994, scoring all three in their 3-0 win against us. I didn't see him tonight but he was certainly there in the last round watching son Luke.

Nizic made a couple of good saves early in the second half but we always looked the more threatening and just ten minutes into the second half, Barnsley in their 'Men in Black' away kit made a change introducing substitute Will Smith, a Fresh Prince to add to their attack. This from a club who not too long ago used to entertain us with Robbie Williams in their line up.

Frost was close and had he scored it would have given Massanka a hat trick of assists, but instead the striker got himself on the scoresheet.

It owed much to Jackson who played him in with a superb through ball. The striker didn't break stride as he got onto the ball and finished in the bottom corner across the goalkeeper.

It was his last action of the night. We'd already made a double change and he gave way to Khius Metz with twenty minutes to go. He'd certainly made another massive contribution.

There might have been more goals but the last one went to Barnsley. We gave the ball away very cheaply but that can't take anything away from the finish by Callum Chippendale. From just outside the box on the left corner, he curled an absolute beauty into the far top corner. Nizic was helpless but ensure there were no further goals with one last save deep into stoppage time.

This was another good performance from the Clarets who were again watched by manager Sean Dyche.

It's interesting to note that seven of the starting eleven have all come through the club's youth set up and all were recruited prior to the changes within that department in late 2011. There looks to be some real talent there.

Well done to all of them. It was another really enjoyable night and another really good performance and result. I'm looking forward now to the next round and hope we get another home tie with it likely we'll get a top category club as opponents.

Tonight's teams were;

Burnley: Danijel Nizic, Arlen Birch, Tom Anderson, Alex Whitmore, Luke Hendrie, Josh Ginnelly (Renny Smith 62), Aiden O'Neill, Steven Hewitt (Brandon Wilson 62), Brad Jackson, Jamie Frost, Ntumba Massanka (Khius Metz 70). Subs not used: Tony Aghayere, Shaun Hobson.

Barnsley: Jack Walton, Sam Ottley, Cameron Scott, Bailey Gooda (Sam Hanna 82), Leon Dawson, Jack Alton (Liam Reilly 72), Louis Wardle (Will Smith 55), Brad Abbott, Mohamed Saeed, Devante Jacobs, Callum Chippendale. Subs not used: Gio Landhu, Arron Murphy.

Referee: Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).

Attendance: 360.