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Report: Barnsley U18s 2-1 Bristol City U18s

City Under-18s suffered a heartbreaking last-gasp 2-1 at Barnsley on Saturday.

Trevor Challis' side missed a penalty when 1-0 down, but managed to level through Zak Smith's close-range finish, only for the Tykes to steal all three points in stoppage time.

Both sides created chances in a lively first half, although Barnsley came closest with a header that rattled the crossbar.

Barnsley broke the deadlock shortly after half-time with a scrappy goal from six yards out.

But City - who ended the game with four under-16 players on the pitch - continued to fight hard and were awarded a penalty on the hour.
 
Josh Mortimore stepped up to take the spot-kick but saw the Barnsley keeper guess the right way to save, before keeping out Sam Pearson's follow up effort as well.

City were level soon after when Jamie Taylor swirling cross was acrobatically sent back across goal by Sam Pearson for Smith to convert.

Challis' young team had chances to win it, but then were unable to clear a free kick into the area two minutes into stoppage time and the hosts fired in the winner.

The Under-18 coach said: "It was a really disappointing result for us but the performance was good. We're promoting a lot of Under-16s into the team at the moment, which is important for the Academy, and they performed very well."

City Under-18s: Sainsbury, C.Pearson, Burford, Spark, Webb (Hall), Z.Smith, Ali, S.Pearson, Mortimore (Towler), Rees (Taylor), Trialist. Sub not used: Robertson.

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