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'Absolutely beautiful' says Hill as young Reds thrash Birmingham

Saturday 1st September 2012
Rhys Oates scored twice.

Keith Hill praised Barnsley under 18s from the sidelines as they produced a superb display to batter visitors Birmingham City 5-1 on Saturday morning.


The first team manager was watching from the sidelines for a 30-minute period either side of the break and, when Rhys Oates headed in a fine third goal, Hill said: 'That was absolutely beautiful.'


The Reds took the lead after 15 minutes when George Maris tapped in Brad Abbott's cross.


Barnsley should have doubled their lead when Josh Alderson was fouled in the area but Macauley Shillito saw his shot saved. Shillito made amends one minute later when he powered through the Blues defence before the ball rolled to Rhys Oates who netted for 2-0.


Birmingham pulled one back through Charlee Adams' superb shot but the Reds restored their lead just before the break through Oates who headed in a fine cross from Omari Alexander-Salmon.


Oates had plenty of chances to complete his hat-trick. He missed an open goal and had several one-on-one chances saved by visiting goalkeeper Callum Preston, one of which fell back to Abbott who fired wide with the net gaping.


Birmingham had plenty of chances at the other end as Reece Hales and George O'Neil each missed two one-on-ones. But it was Barnsley who completed the scoring with two late goals.


Shillito exchanged passes with Alexander-Salmon and fired in from the edge of the box for 4-1. Alexander-Salmon completed the scoring when he slipped trying to connect with Kenna Ngoma's cross and the ball looped into the top corner.