Report: Millwall U18s 1 Barnsley U18s 1
Millwall's U18s were held to a 1-1 draw by Barnsley at the Bromley Training Ground on Saturday in an entertaining game between two skilful sides.
Although Barnsley went in at the break a goal to the good, the match had been totally dominated by a home side who were unable to convert one of a stack of chances created in the opening half.
Even in the opening minutes The Lions could have gone ahead when a miscued back pass from a Barnsley defender struck the upright and went behind for a corner.
In the fifth minute a thunderous drive from defender Noah Chesmain grazed the crossbar and two minutes later it was Chesmain again who sent a low shot zipping past the upright.
The hard-working Jamie Philpot was only inches away from steering home John Prince Rylah's free-kick and Rylah himself then went close, firing wide. from a central position.
Wideman Ron O’Driscoll tried his luck with an effort that flew narrowly off target after he was set up by Philpot as The Lions continued to dominate play.
It took until the 35th minute for Barnsley to have a serious effort on goal when Rogerson struck an effort from distance just wide of goalkeeper Harry Girling’s upright.
Five minutes before half-time the visitors took a surprise lead when, with their first corner of the game, an inswinger by Ndlova sailed straight into the Millwall net.
The Lions refused to give up though and produced a second-half performance that was relentless going forward.
Defender James Brown unleashed a fierce drive that clipped the angle and upright before Millwall grabbed a deserved equaliser in the 55th minute. Clever interplay in the Barnsley box opened up the way for a smart finish by Ebere Eze, who fired into the far corner of the net.
Following the equaliser The Lions continued to hold the upper hand as they prised and probed the Barnsley defence looking for further goals.
A dangerous Rylah free-kick into the Barnsley area was blocked on the goal line and then Rylah’s follow up effort was beaten away for a corner before Chesmain’s free-kick from just outside the area smashed against the underside of the bar and bounced down just inches the wrong side of the visitors goal-line.
Philpot was thwarted by keeper Ruisling moments after he had been played in by midfielder Zak Bryon.
At times the Barnsley goal led a charmed life, particularly in the final 10 minutes of the match when Millwall were really piling on the pressure.
However it took a fantastic save by Harry Girling in the home goal to deny Barnsley a most unlikely of wins, acrobatically fipping away a goal-n=bound effort to ensure that The Lions secured a share of the spoils.
Team: Girling, Brown, Chesmain, Bryon, Park, Peter, Rylah (Mundle-Smith, 82mins), Fitzgerald, Philpot, Eze (Mulrooney-Skinner, 65mins), O’Donnell (Ndjoli, 65mins. Subs not used: Bray, Goodman.