Barnsley 1-2 Blackpool: Match Report

17 January 2017 11:34

Bright Osayi-Samuel's last-gasp goal helps Blackpool see off Barnsley

Bright Osayi-Samuel scored in the last minute of extra time to give Blackpool a 2-1 FA Cup third-round replay win over Barnsley and set up a return to Blackburn for boss Gary Bowyer.

On a night of shocks in the famous cup competition the 19-year-old curled into the bottom corner in the 120th minute to give the League Two club victory over their Championship hosts.

A shootout looked on the cards as Kelvin Mellor's early opener for Blackpool was cancelled out by Angus MacDonald's header, but Osayi-Samuel's late effort decided it and Bowyer's men advance to a fourth-round tie at Ewood Park, where he managed for three years.

Such a dramatic ending did not appear likely after an uneventful start, though Blackpool held their own from the off.

And they deservedly took the lead in the 30th minute when Barnsley were caught napping at a set-piece and Mellor drilled home from 10 yards out.

The hosts did not have much to do to improve after the break and they needed only four minutes of the second half to draw level as MacDonald squeezed in a near-post header from Conor Hourihane's corner with the aid of a deflection off the post and goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.

It was MacDonald's first goal for the club and it changed the complexion of the game, with Barnsley putting their foot on the throttle in search of a quick second.

Adam Armstrong's glancing header brought Slocombe into action again, while Josh Scowen dragged an effort wide from a good position in the box.

Blackpool weathered the storm, though, and as extra-time loomed they came closest to stealing a dramatic winner but Osayi-Samuel's thunderous shot was bravely blocked by Adam Jackson and an additional 30 minutes was required.

Osayi-Samuel could have put Blackpool back in front just before half-time in extra time as he burst forward on a counter-attack and after creating space for himself he only had Adam Davies to beat, but his shot was too close to the Barnsley goalkeeper, who saved well.

Barnsley bombarded their visitors in the second period as they tried to avoid a shootout as Ryan Williams tested Slocombe, Adam Hammill blazed over from eight yards and Tom Bradshaw's header was brilliantly cleared off the line by Jim McAlister.

And there was a sting in the tale for the Championship club as Osayi-Samuel finally got on the scoresheet, curling in a composed effort from 14 yards to book a place in the fourth round.


Source: PA


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