The Final Curtain Call
6th May 2006 3pm
A final day match where we could watch someoneelses nerves been shredded, that makes a change but the truth is we wished it could be us.
The atmosphere generated by both sets of supporters helped bring an entertaining game to life.Despite the pressure on the visitors it was us who started slowly, and Barnsley could have taken the lead earlier than they did if it was not of the timely intervention of Mr Roper and Gerrard. Ian Roper the sponsors MOTM and Anthony Gerrard the saddlers player of the season, both lived up to there titles.
The main difference between the two sides was the forward play, Barnsley commited players into the box with purpose trying as they would to get on the end of a continued supply of crosses. However if Ropes and Gerrard didn't stop them, Andy Oakes was there with a couple of outstanding saves. All that changed on the 31 minute when a freekick was floated to the far post, Marc Richards had lost his man to plant a header low into the net. Shortly afterwards Mark Kinsella made his first change injecting some pace by bringing on Ishmal Demontagnac for the disappointing Mark Wright.Ishmel signalled his intent with a curling long range shot which Colgan dealt with ease.
Half time brought Daryl Taylor into the game for Kris Taylor, as we took the game to the Tykes, our pressing was rewarded in the 59 minute when Daryl Taylor forced his way into the box only to be brought down by Paul Heckingbottom. Ref Richard Beeby pointed to the spot, but amazed the saddlers fans by only producing a yellow card despite the Barnsley man been the last line of defence. Keates dispatched the penalty without problem despite some gamemanship from the Bransley lads.
This is when the ref decided it was to be the Richard Beeby show, he managed to show nine yellow cards, which raised the temperature even further as arguements betwen the two sets of players. In a half way flare up Ian Roper reacted to a half nelson hold and recieved his second red card, changing the game in Barnsleys favour.This 78 minute dismissal was folowed by a penalty in the 83 minute when Daryl Taylor was guilty of sticking his leg out, the winger obliged by falling over it, Nardiello made no mistake 1-2.
The action was over let Barnsley were using there extra man well and struck the post with Oakes beaten, as they tried to close the game out. However the biggest uproar was when a well placed Mr Beeby turned down strong penalty appeals after Ishmel was sent tumbling in the box after tricking his way past a couple of defenders. The respective benches were toe to toe in confrontation over the decision, especially since Kevin James penalty appeal had also been rejected.
4 minutes of added time was needed to compensate for Mr Beeby's handy work, hopes of an equaliser were raised when a late freekick was given outside the box, despite Walsalls protests of a hand ball inside the box. However Kevin James curled the ball round the wall and it went over the bar.
Full time whistle and Barnsley dream of Cardiff, we wish them all the best. We look forward to Accrington Stanley.
He was the most influential Barnsley player on the pitch, I hope the other results on his coupon went his way as he certainly had this one down as away win!!!