Match ends, Mansfield Town 2, Barrow 4.
Manager Graham Coughlan was sacked after Mansfield's winless run - their worst in English Football League history - was stretched to 12 games by a Barrow side who recorded their first win since their promotion to League Two for this season.
It was a night to forget all round for the Stags, who had debutant defender Aaron O'Driscoll sent-off just after the break for two bookable offences.
Coughlan took charge in December 2019 after Bristol Rovers "reluctantly" gave permission for him to leave his role at the Memorial Ground, but he won just four of 27 games in charge.
Barrow took charge after 10 minutes when Josh Kay's low ball across goal was slid home by Bradley Barry at the far post, and a second followed when Patrick Brough advanced unopposed before firing home low from 25 yards.
The home side sneaked their way back into the game before half-time when Bluebirds goalkeeper Joel Dixon dropped a high ball and James Perch smashed home high into the net.
Nicky Maynard almost levelled on 49 minutes but Dixon superbly turned his 30-yard effort onto the crossbar.
Hopes of a fightback were dented when O'Driscoll was dismissed two minutes later and Barrow made them pay when Luke James set up Kay to curl in before Harrison Biggins sent a low 20-yard shot just inside the post to make it 4-1.
Harry Charsley poked home Kellan Gordon's low cross in the 89th minute for a late consolation, not enough to spoil the Barrow celebrations.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 15O'DriscollBooked at 51mins
- 14PerchSubstituted forMarisat 68'minutes
- 22MaynardSubstituted forReidat 68'minutes
- 5PlattBooked at 15mins
- 27BarryBooked at 90mins
- 4TaylorSubstituted forTaylorat 74'minutes
- 11KayBooked at 43mins
- 20AngusSubstituted forReidat 81'minutes
- Keith Stroud
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 2, Barrow 4.
Attempt missed. Jamie Reid (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by George Maris with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Patrick Brough.
Attempt blocked. Kellan Gordon (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by George Lapslie.
Attempt saved. George Lapslie (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Bradley Barry (Barrow) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Bradley Barry (Barrow).
Stephen McLaughlin (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Barrow. Conceded by Stephen McLaughlin.
Bradley Barry (Barrow) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Stephen McLaughlin (Mansfield Town).
Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Barrow 4. Harry Charsley (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Foul by Josh Kay (Barrow).
Kellan Gordon (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Chris Taylor (Barrow) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jayden Reid with a cross.
Offside, Mansfield Town. George Lapslie tries a through ball, but Andy Cook is caught offside.
Substitution, Barrow. Jayden Reid replaces Dior Angus.
Hand ball by Harry Charsley (Mansfield Town).
Attempt blocked. Stephen McLaughlin (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.