Teenage academy graduate Aiden Marsh opened the scoring but Barnsley lost 3-1 to Preston North End to complete a record-breakingly bad home season.

Marsh netted on his first league start for his hometown club but Preston’s Daniel Johnson levelled midway through the first half then gave them the lead early in the second half before they added another.

The relegated Reds remain bottom of the Championship with one game to play while they have broken a club record for the fewest home goals in a season with 18 in their 23 games.

It was a better performance overall than in the lacklustre loss to Blackpool four days earlier but Preston were the better side for most of the match and could have won by more.

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Caretaker boss Martin Devaney made five changes from the team who lost very tamely to Blackpool on Tuesday.

Cauley Woodrow and Isaac Christie-Davies dropped to the bench while Mads Andersen, Callum Brittain and Remy Vita were out of the squad. Andersen and Brittain are understood to have picked up injuries.

Centre-back Jason Sraha, 19, made his debut following a loan at National League North Guiseley, with Marsh, Will Hondermarck, Victor Adeboyejo and Romal Palmer also coming into the 11.

Five of the starting 11 had come through the academy as had Kieren Flavell, 18, and Jordan Helliwell, 20, who were on the bench for a league game for the first time, joined by under 23s players David Bremang and Amir Ariely.

The Reds played 3-4-3 with Adeboyejo and Marsh flanking captain Carlton Morris in attack.

The visitors had the first chance when Ali McCann shot over just inside the box after Daniel Johnson’s low cross from the left was deflected to him.

But it was the hosts who opened the scoring in the 16th minute. After Hondermarck played the ball into the box from the right, Adeboyejo took advantage of hesitant defending to hook it from near the byline to Marsh who fired home from close range. It was a fantastic moment for the 18-year-old from Monk Bretton who had been an Oakwell season ticket holder from the age of three.

But Preston responded well and, after Jack Walton pushed away a low 20-yard shot by Ben Whiteman, they levelled in the 23rd minute.

Emil Riis played in Johnson on the left of the box and he found the bottom right corner from ten yards.

Palmer picked up an injury in the build-up to the goal with Clarke Oduor coming on for him and playing at left wing-back with Callum Styles moving to central midfield.

Walton pushed away Riis’ powerful effort from a tight angle on the right, after he was found by ex-Red Brad Potts, then another former Barnsley player Liam Lindsay headed the resulting corner onto the roof of the net.

Morris saw a shot from the edge of the box pushed away by Daniel Iversen who sprang to his right.

Whiteman crashed a 22-yard effort off the top off the bar after Sraha headed a left-wing cross to him.

Walton then got down to his left to push a Patrick Bauer header from a Potts cross out of his bottom left corner.

The visitors had been the more dangerous side in the first half but Barnsley had played with far more commitment and energy than in the previous game.

The second half started quietly but, nine minutes in, the visitors were ahead. After a good run and cross on the right by Potts, Johnson picked the ball up on the left of the box and curled a fine shot into the top right corner.

It should have been 3-1 when Sraha’s clearance was charged down by Cameron Archer who ran through on goal then squared to Riis who was impressively denied one-on-one by Walton.

Liam Kitching and Wolfe had weak long-range shots easily saved before Preston made it 3-1 when Riis latched onto a long ball, rounded Walton and scored from a very tight angle on the right.

Helliwell then came on for his league debut, before Wolfe fired over from 12 yards out on the right after a good move.

Young Preston substitute Mikey O’Neill almost made it 4-1 but fired wide of the bottom left post 15 yards out when through on the right after Styles lost the ball.

Morris looped a late header from a Styles corner straight to goalkeeper Iversen.

In injury-time, O’Neill was again released down the right of the box and crossed low for fellow substitute Sean Maguire whose five-yard effort was pushed over brilliantly by Walton.

Barnsley (3-4-3): Walton; Moon, Sraha, Kitching; Hondermarck (Helliwell 75mins), Palmer (Oduor 24mins), Wolfe, Styles; Adeboyejo, Morris, Marsh (Woodrow 68).

Unused: Flavell, Christie-Davies, Bremang, Ariely.

Goals: Marsh 16.

Preston (3-5-2): Iversen; Van den Berg, Bauer (Diaby HT) Lindsay; Potts, McCann, Whiteman, Browne, Johnson; Riis (Maguire 85), Archer (O’Neill 79).

Unused: Ripley, Cunningham, Rafferty, Sinclair.

Goals: Johnson 23, 54, Riis 74.

AS IT HAPPENED
  • 12:34pm
    GAME UNDERWAY
  • 12:36pm
    It's a 3-4-3 for Barnsley
  • 12:37pm
    Jason Sraha is in the middle of a back three with Jasper Moon on the right and Kitching on. the left. Hondermarck and Styles are the wing-backs, with Wolfe and Palmer central midfielders. Carlton Morris is the central striker with Adeboyejo on the right and Marsh left
  • 12:40pm
    6 First chance of the game. Preston's Ali McCann shoots over from just inside the box after a low cross from the left by Daniel Johnson is half-cleared
  • 12:46pm
    Barnsley corner on the left
  • 12:46pm
    12 Styles' corner is headed away
  • 12:50pm
    Reasonably solid start for the Reds. Their visitors have had one chance but the hosts seem to have settled into the game and look organise. They haven't had any real attacks of note yet though
  • 12:51pm
    GOAL!
    Aiden Marsh scores! What a moment for the 18-year-old from Monk Bretton
  • 12:53pm
    A great story at the end of a grim season. He had a season ticket aged three and now he's scored for the first team. Awful defending from PNE allowed Hondermarck and Adeboyejo to hook the ball into the box from the right then he finished from close range
  • 12:54pm
    18 Preston look to respond. Whiteman shoots from 25 yards but Walton gets down to his right to save then Sraha puts it behind for a corner which is cleared
  • 12:55pm
    That goal also means Barnsley can no longer equal their record for the fewest in a season.
  • 12:57pm
    GOAL!
    Daniel Johnson equalises
  • 12:59pm
    He's been free on the left several times but this time he is played in by Riis and finds the bottom right corner.
  • 12:59pm
    Palmer injured in build up for that goal. Oduor replaces him
  • 1:01pm
    26 Now Potts plays in Riis on the right and his powerful shot from very tight angle is pushed away by Walton for a corner
  • 1:01pm
    Lindsay heads the resulting corner onto the roof of the net
  • 1:03pm
    29 Styles free-kick from the left has caught by the goalkeeper
  • 1:04pm
    30 Morris shoots from 20 yards but Iversen throws himself to his right to push it away.
  • 1:08pm
    Oduor is playing left wing back with Styles in the middle
  • 1:09pm
    This is a pretty entertaining game, but Preston do look the more dangerous, getting plenty of space in the home half and always having a man over on the wings
  • 1:15pm
    Into the final five minutes of the first half, which has just gone a little flat after a flurry of chances
  • 1:16pm
    42 Styles free-kick from the right wing, it goes just over Morris and is headed clear
  • 1:18pm
    44 Jason Sraha, who has been good in general, can't get much distance on a header clear from a left wing cross and it falls to Whiteman who crashes a 22-yard effort off the crossbar.
  • 1:20pm
    Three added minutes
  • 1:22pm
    45+1 Preston free-kick just on the edge of the box. Crosses, it is headed out, Potts plays it back and Bauer flicks on a header which Walton. pushes out of his bottom right corner
  • 1:22pm
    45+2 Cameron Archer looks certain to head in Whiteman's cross from the right but totally misses it. Preston recycle and win a corner on the left
  • 1:23pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 1, Preston 1. Aiden Marsh opened the scoring with h is first goal for his hometown club but Preston have levelled and created the better chances overall. Certainly a better and more committed performance from the Reds than on Tuesday
  • 1:40pm
    Bambo Diaby comes on for Preston at half-time. Pretty big cheer from the home fans who were chanting his name in the first half
  • 1:40pm
    SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
  • 1:46pm
    50 Styles shoots well wide from 25 yards after Barnsley do well to win the ball
  • 1:49pm
    GOAL!
    Daniel Johnson curls into the top right corner
  • 1:51pm
    A fine finish from the left of the box from a player who always seems to score and play really well against the Reds. Brad Potts was allowed to run down the right wing then his cross well for Johnson
  • 1:54pm
    Preston well on top now. Potts has a shot blocked in the box
  • 1:57pm
    Potts wins a corner on the right
  • 1:58pm
    63 The corner is taken short then cleared
  • 1:58pm
    Barnsley have. pretty much defended constantly since conceding the second goal. They are working hard but it feels like Preston have more goals in them today
  • 1:59pm
    65 Kitching's weak 25-yard effort is easily saved by Iversen.
  • 1:59pm
    Cauley Woodrow is coming on
  • 2:01pm
    Woodrow replaces goal-scorer Marsh
  • 2:03pm
    68 Let off for Sraha. His clearance is charged down by Cameron Archer who runs in on goal ands squares to Riis who is denied by a fine Walton one on one save
  • 2:09pm
    GOAL!
    Emil Riis rounds Walton and nets from a very tight angle
  • 2:10pm
    He latches onto a long ball and is clean through, rounds Walton and scores from a very tight angle on the right
  • 2:11pm
    Jordan Helliwell on for his league debut, replacing Hondermarck at right wing-back
  • 2:12pm
    A decent move ends in Wolfe firing over from 12 yards out on the right of the box
  • 2:16pm
    81 Nearly 4-1. Youngster Mikey O'Neill, who has just come on, fires wide when through on the right of the box after Styles lost the ball
  • 2:21pm
    86 Styles corner on the left, headed by Morris but easily caught by Iversen.
  • 2:24pm
    90 Woodrow drives down the right and wins a corner which is cleared
  • 2:27pm
    Mikey O'Neill finds Sean Maguire whose five yard shot is pushed over superbly by Walton, who has kept the score down today.
  • 2:29pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1, Preston 3.