Crewe Alexandra’s U18 team were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup this evening after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Barnsley at Gresty Road.
Second half goals from Aiden Marsh gave the visitors a 2-0 lead and despite a stoppage time goal from Matthew McDonald, Lee Bell’s side slipped out of the competition.
In a tightly fought contest Crewe caused Barnsley plenty of problems in the first-half with Tyreece Onyeka coming close after cutting in from the left wing and firing over the bar.
But Barnsley were also looking dangerous and keeper Andrew Walklate had to be alert to deny Marsh in stoppage time.
Crewe once again threatened after the break as skipper Joe Robbins fed sub Kyle Stubbs to find Onyeka who narrowly shot wide.
However it was the visitors who came close to breaking the deadlock once again on 55 minutes as William Lancaster struck the foot of the Crewe post.
9 minutes later and the away side did have the lead as a Marsh strike deflected over Walklate in the Crewe goal and dropped into the net.
Robbins had a strike from distance well saved as Crewe looked to reply and Walklate produced a fine stop to deny Barnsley a second but he couldn’t do anything to deny Marsh his second of the game on 85 minutes.
Crewe kept on pressing and they got their reward in stoppage time as McDonald was on hand to fire home after the ball dropped into him in the box but it wasn’t enough for the Alex.
Barnsley will now go on to face either Sunderland or Birmingham in the next round.