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Barnsley set up Yorkshire Derby tie against Sheffield Wednesday after beating Bolton in League One play-off semi-final

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May 19, 2023
Barnsley set up Yorkshire Derby tie against Sheffield Wednesday after beating Bolton in League One play-off semi-final


Barnsley have moved one step closer to an instant return to the Championship after beating Bolton 1-0 to progress into the League One play-off final.

A first half header from Liam Kitching proved to be the difference with the Tykes to now face Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on May 29.

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Kitching scored the only goal of the game at Oakwell

Barnsley beat Bolton 2-1 on aggregate to advance through to the League One play-off final

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Barnsley beat Bolton 2-1 on aggregate to advance through to the League One play-off final

Tykes supporters invaded the pitch following the full-time whistle

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Tykes supporters invaded the pitch following the full-time whistle

It was nothing but joy for Barnsley’s players and fans after the full-time whistle

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It was nothing but joy for Barnsley’s players and fans after the full-time whistle

But unlike the Owls’ stunning comeback victory over Peterborough on Thursday night, there was no real drama with Barnsley in control of the match at Oakwell.

Michael Duff’s side went into the game on level terms having drawn 1-1 in last week’s first leg tie.

And they took the lead in the 24th minute when former Leeds academy defender Kitching headed in Luca Connell’s inswinging delivery.

The Trotters failed to create anything of note in the match, with boss Ian Evatt making a raft of changes ahead of the second half.

Barnsley were relegated last season, but could be set to seal an instant return back to the Championship

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Barnsley were relegated last season, but could be set to seal an instant return back to the Championship


Duff’s side were in control for the majority of the match at Oakwell

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Duff’s side were in control for the majority of the match at Oakwell

There were great scenes after the match

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There were great scenes after the match

However it didn’t work as like Barnsley, they failed to have a shot on target after the break.

But it was the hosts that looked more dangerous, as they almost doubled their lead when Adam Phillips struck the crossbar with a dipping volley in the 66th minute.

The closest Bolton came to an equaliser was when they were handed a free-kick inside the box in the 75th minute when Harry Isted picked up a Mads Anderson backpass, but Aaron Morley blazed his effort high over the bar.

It proved to be the visitors’ last real opportunity, with Barsnley fans invading the pitch following the full-time whistle.

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