League One - 1st Leg
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Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Sam Winnall
Sam Winnall was League Two's top scorer in 2014 as he helped Scunthorpe to promotion

Sam Winnall scored two and made a third as Barnsley took hold of their League One play-off semi-final with Walsall.

Jason Demetriou deflected Adam Hammill's shot past his own goalkeeper after Winnall's pass as Barnsley took the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Winnall got the second from the edge of the box before ending a 50-yard run with a classy finish two minutes later.

No side has ever overturned a three-goal first-leg deficit to make a final in the history of the play-offs.

That means Jon Whitney's side have it all to do going into the second leg at the Banks's Stadium on Thursday.

Barnsley are aiming to become the first side since Grimsby Town in 1998 to do the double of winning promotion via the play-offs and lifting the Football League Trophy in the same season.

Big play-off first leg scores
1998: Northampton Town come back from 3-1 down to beat Bristol Rovers 4-3 on aggregate in the old Division Two play-offs
2000: Barnsley beat Birmingham City 4-0 in the first leg of the old Division One play-offs. They went on to win 5-2 on aggregate but lost 4-2 to Ipswich in the final
2006: Watford beat Crystal Palace 3-0 in their Championship play-off first-leg
2010: Dagenham and Redbridge register the biggest-ever first leg victory - 6-0 over Morecambe in the League Two semi-final

The Tykes dominated the tie and should have broken the deadlock midway through the first half when Lloyd Isgrove had a goal incorrectly disallowed.

Assistant referee Mark Duncan - who was replaced at half-time because of a calf injury - said Isgrove was offside, but replays showed he was three yards onside when the ball was played.

Tom Bradshaw had a golden chance to put Walsall ahead five minutes before the break, but screwed his shot wide.

Barnsley took full advantage as Winnall's fantastic pass from the byline took four Walsall defenders out of the game and allowed Hammill to shoot home via Demetriou's leg.

In the final 20 minutes, after Winnall's double, Walsall's Anthony Forde saw a driven low cross flash across the face of goal while Sam Mantom missed badly from close range as the Saddlers tried to get back into the match.

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Whitney on Barnsley v Walsall

Walsall interim head coach Jon Whitney told BBC WM 95.6: "I'm hurting. I don't think it was a lack of effort from the players, it was just our decision making.

"We allowed them to execute their game plan a bit too easily. The second goal was a bit fortuitous but our reaction was very disappointing.

"The third goal makes it such an uphill task, but it's one that we can climb - I truly believe that."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 7Scowen
  • 4Roberts
  • 26Mawson
  • 22Williams
  • 34IsgroveSubstituted forChapmanat 84'minutes
  • 11Brownhill
  • 8Hourihane
  • 20Hammill
  • 18FletcherSubstituted forWhiteat 77'minutes
  • 9WinnallSubstituted forToneyat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McCourt
  • 13Townsend
  • 24Toney
  • 25Tuton
  • 28Cowgill
  • 32Chapman
  • 35White

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 14Henry
  • 18MorrisSubstituted forMantomat 60'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 10Sawyers
  • 12Forde
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 71'minutes
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forCookat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 8Mantom
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 21Cook
  • 26Osbourne
  • 31Hiwula-Mayifuila
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
16,051

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 3, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 3, Walsall 0.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Josh Brownhill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Barnsley. Adam Hammill tries a through ball, but Aidan White is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Harry Chapman (Barnsley) because of an injury.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Walsall).

Alfie Mawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Harry Chapman replaces Lloyd Isgrove.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Offside, Barnsley. Ivan Toney tries a through ball, but Lloyd Isgrove is caught offside.

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alfie Mawson (Barnsley).

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Aidan White replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers with a through ball.

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Josh Brownhill (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Milan Lalkovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Ashley Fletcher (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ivan Toney replaces Sam Winnall.

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Attempt saved. Ashley Fletcher (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Winnall with a headed pass.

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

Josh Brownhill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Mantom with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Sam Mantom replaces Kieron Morris.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

Lloyd Isgrove (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 3, Walsall 0. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 14th May 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan462415782453787
2Burton4625101157372085
3Walsall4624121071492284
4Millwall462491373492481
5Bradford4623111255401580
6Barnsley462281670541674
7Scunthorpe4621111460471374
8Coventry4619121567491869
9Gillingham4619121571561569
10Rochdale461912156861769
11Sheff Utd461812166459566
12Port Vale461811175658-265
13Peterborough46196218273963
14Bury461612185673-1760
15Southend461611195864-659
16Swindon461611196471-759
17Oldham461218164458-1454
18Chesterfield46158235870-1253
19Fleetwood461215195256-451
20Shrewsbury461311225879-2150
21Doncaster461113224864-1646
22Blackpool461210244063-2346
23Colchester46913245799-4240
24Crewe46713264683-3734
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