Barnsley made it two wins from as many EFL Trophy games with a 3-1 success at home to Manchester City under 21s.

Conor McCarthy – with his first Reds goal – and Jon Russell headed in corners midway through the first half then the visitors replied just before the break.

Teenage debutant Emmaisa Nzondo secured the win late on after coming off the bench.

The Reds now have six points and are top of Group F. They complete their group games at Bradford City on November 14.

Neill Collins again made 11 changes from the last league game but it was a younger and less experienced team than for the first trophy fixture against Grimsby – mainly at wing-back where Danny Benson and full debutant Hayden Pickard started.

Fabio Jalo dragged a shot well wide from just outside the box in the fifth minute then Max Watters curled a 15-yard shot wide of the top right corner after good work by Pickard.

The opener came on 26 minutes when McCarthy met Josh Benson’s left-wing corner at the back post and headed into the bottom right corner.

It was 2-0 six minutes later when Pickard’s right-wing corner was met at the near post by Jon Russell who headed in off the bar.

City finished the half strongly and scored when Joel Ndala ran down the left of the box and crossed low for William Dixon to tap in almost on the line.

Nathan James replaced Jack Shepherd at half-time, then Emmaisa Nzondo, Jonathan Bland and Mylan Benjamin made their first team debuts later in the half.

Jalo almost made it 3-1 early in the second half but he fired across goal and wide when clean through on the left of the box.

The third goal eventually came from teenage striker Nzondo who sent a looping header over the goalkeeper from a Theo Chapman cross.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Killip; de Givegney, McCarthy, Shepherd (James HT); D Benson, Chapman (Benjamin 90), Russell (Yoganathan 61mins), J Benson, Pickard; Watters (Nzondo. 61), Jalo.

Unused: Flavell, Dyer.

Yellow cards: Shepherd.

Goals: McCarthy 26, Russell 32, Nzondo 79.

Man City: Murray-Jones; Samuel, Alleyne, Noble, Galvez; Wright, Taylor; Ndala (Lawrence 60), Heskey (Warhurst 90), Alfa-Ruprecht (Oboavwoduo 60); Dickson.

Unused: Carrington, Grant, Okeke, Adam, Warhurst.

Yellow cards: Noble.

Goals: Dickson 43.

  • 7:35pm
    Nothing of note to report from the opening three minutes. There are about 1500 fans watching in the East Stand
  • 7:37pm
    First chance of the game. Watters chests a long. ball to Jalo who drags a volley well wide from 20 yards
  • 7:40pm
    Big chance. Hayden Pickard does well to win the ball deep in City half then drive into the box and pass to Watters who curls wide of the top right corner about 15 yards out
  • 7:42pm
    Now City's Joel Ndala sees a shot blocked in the box
  • 7:44pm
    So a few chances in the opening ten minutes. Still no shot on target
  • 7:45pm
    City win a corner on the right
  • 7:45pm
    City try to play a corner short and somehow manage to be offside
  • 7:48pm
    Barnsley doing pretty well at the moment. Penning their young visitors in and winning. the ball off them and City try to pass out. from the back. Still Watters' chance the only big one
  • 7:50pm
    City again lose the ball deep in their half and. Jalo is played in in the box but a defender tackles him
  • 7:54pm
    Now Jalo gets on the ball on. the left of the box, beats a player and fizzes a low cross which Chapman is a few inches off turning in
  • 7:56pm
    Joel Ndala shoots over for City from about 25 yards out
  • 7:57pm
    Barnsley win a corner on the left. Won by Pickard who has looked good o n the left so far
  • 7:58pm
    26 Josh Benson's left wing corner is headed home by Conor McCarthy
  • 8:02pm
    A couple of yellow cards since the goal. Shepherd for Barnsley and Kian Noble for City
  • 8:03pm
    It was McCarthy's first goal for the Reds and a nice moment for tonight's captain
  • 8:03pm
    Josh Benson's free-kick. is cleared for a corner
  • 8:04pm
    Pickard's right-wing corner is headed home by Jon Russell
  • 8:06pm
    The towering midfielder rises highest at the front post to nod in off the bar a few yards out. Good corner by Hayden Pickard who has impressed so far
  • 8:10pm
    City have an attack down the right and Farid Alfa-Ruprecht blasts the ball low across goal but no one can turn it in
  • 8:10pm
    So two set piece goals as Barnsley 'old man' this young City side. The Reds have been the better team overall
  • 8:11pm
    Chapman wins a corner on the right. Will Barnsley score from another?
  • 8:12pm
    Pickard's right-wing corner is cleared at the. near post then Conor McCarthy concedes a foul
  • 8:15pm
    William Dickson pulls one back for City
  • 8:17pm
    Chance for 3-1. Max Watters sprints down the right but his shot from wide in the box goals across goal and out
  • 8:18pm
    The goal was. the first real chance for City. Pacy run down the left and low cross for Dickson to tap in almost on the line
  • 8:18pm
    Three added minutes in this half
  • 8:20pm
    City are having joy when they get the ball to their fast wide players. Shepherd has to concede a corner
  • 8:21pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 2, Man City u21s 1.
  • 8:37pm
    Nathan James comes on for Jack Shepherd at half-time
  • 8:37pm
    Nathan James comes on for Jack Shepherd at half-time
  • 8:37pm
  • 8:40pm
    After a good move Josh Benson stands up a cross on the left of the box but Watters' volley is blocked
  • 8:41pm
    Josh Benson's right-wing free-kick leads to some pinball in the box but the ball is cleared
  • 8:44pm
    Fine tackle by de Gevigney after Watters loses the ball and City break
  • 8:44pm
    Jalo so close to a goal. He gets away from a defender on the left of the box but, ten yards out, shoots across goal and wide
  • 8:45pm
    Danny Benson wins a corner on the right
  • 8:46pm
    Pickard's corner punched clear
  • 8:46pm
    McCarthy slips and De Givegney blocks the ball out for a corner
  • 8:46pm
    City corner from the right. Easily caught by Killip
  • 8:50pm
    It looks as though Emmaisa Nzondo and Vimal Yoganathan will be coming on
  • 8:50pm
    It looks as though Emmaisa Nzondo and Vimal Yoganathan will be coming on
  • 8:51pm
    City bring on Justin Oboavwoduo for Farid Alfa-Ruprecht and Emilio Lawrence for Joel Ndala
  • 8:53pm
    Emmaisa Nzondo makes his debut in place of Max Watters and Vimal Yoganathan comes on for Jon Russell
  • 8:56pm
    A City shot from just outside the box. goes out. for a corner on the left
  • 8:56pm
    Corner headed out by McCarthy and. next cross over everyone
  • 8:59pm
    Josh Benson has been good tonight. He looks really up for it an has. brought quality like for the opening goal.. A very good footballer not to be getting in the match day squad in the third tier
  • 9:00pm
    Nathan James has to concede a corner on the. left after a good City move
  • 9:01pm
    69 City corner from the left. Cleared at. the front post for another which is taken short and Danny Benson has to make a tackle in the box to concede a third corner
  • 9:01pm
    Another City corner is over everyone and a player at the. back post can only head into the side netting
  • 9:02pm
    Another first team debut, this time for Jonathan Bland who replaces Danny Benson
  • 9:05pm
    Approaching the final 15 minutes. Will there be a twist. in the tale or will the Reds get a second win in the trophy this year?
  • 9:08pm
    Barely anything has. happened in. this second half. City briefly threatened before half-time and will look. to end this half strongly too
  • 9:08pm
    Barely anything has. happened in. this second half. City briefly threatened before half-time and will look. to end this half strongly too
  • 9:09pm
    Lots of possession for the visitors but Barnsley holding firm so far
  • 9:11pm
    Emmaisa Nzondo scores on his professional debut.
  • 9:12pm
    The teenage striker meets a Theo Chapman cross and beats the goalkeeper with a looping header
  • 9:13pm
    That should do it for the Reds
  • 9:17pm
    Josh Adam embarks on a long run. into the box and hits a shot which is deflected. wide
  • 9:18pm
    The corner is caught by Killip
  • 9:19pm
    Good move by City on the right leads to a cross which Killip catches
  • 9:23pm
    A third first team debut of the night as Mylan Benjamin replaces Theo Chapman. Five added minutes
  • 9:28pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 3, Manchester City under 21s 1.