A bad tempered Yorkshire derby was won in the first half as an experienced Barnsley side looked decidedly shaky against a young Leeds outfit on a wet and windy evening.
Leeds were far slicker in their passing and movement in the first and deservedly led 2-0 at half time. It would have been more without another superb penalty stop from Heinz Muller.
Barnsley started with five players who could expect to start in the senior side- Muller, Marciano Van Homoet, debutant Hugo Colace, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Miguel Mostto whilst four others in Luke Potter, Robert Atkinson, Jacob Butterfield and Jamil Adam have first team experience. Only defender Conor Branson and winger Alistair Taylor could be considered novices.
But Leeds were much the livelier and should have gone in front on 12 minutes when gangly striker Tom Elliott was rashly clipped in the area by Potter.
But Muller further enhanced his reputation as a penalty king as he dived to his left to smartly turn Elliott's effort around the post.
It was a warning Barnsley failed to heed and 10 minutes later Leeds were in front. Oliver Hotchkiss' shot taking a wicked deflection off Atkinson and totally bamboozling Muller.
Atkinson was doing his best to hold the side together and was easily Man of the Match but he could do nothing about Leeds second as Andrew Milne was left completely unmarked from Ben Parker's free-kick to send a powerful header past Muller.
With Leeds seemingly believing the job was done the second half belonged to Barnsley but with Mostto once again a frustrating figure up front, Leeds keeper Jonathan Lund was rarely threatened.
Potter headed home Butterfield's free kick on 69 minutes but the effort was ruled out for offside before the goal finally arrived two minutes later.
A breakaway left The Reds with a 2 on 1 in their favour and substitute Tyrone Crapper played Mostto through and the Peruvian showed the talent that he may well possess by curling a delightful effort around Lund and into the far top corner.
Barnsley assistant coach Ryan Kidd withdrew Colace, Campbell-Ryce and Mostto, probably in readiness for Saturday's Championship game at Blackpool and Leeds held on for a victory that they just about deserved.
1. Heinz Muller: A fantastic penalty save showed he's lost none of his class. Had very little to do after the break. 8
2. Marciano Van Homoet: Has a fight on to regain his first team place and looked decent on the overlap. Got involved in one confrontation with Leeds's Hotchkiss which saw the Leeds man grab Van Homoet by the scruff of the neck. Luckily for him it went undetected by the referee. 7
3. Luke Potter. Stupid tackle to give away the penalty and lost his man for the second goal. 5
4. Conor Branson: Not a name I have come across before and looked slightly uneasy. Could learn a lot from Atkinson. 5
5. Robert Atkinson: Head and shoulders above everybody else. Has a style like John Terry. Cool, calm and a great header of the ball. 9
6. Hugo Colace. Breaks up play well and it was just great to see him finally in action. 7
7. Jamal Campbell-Ryce: Very vocal and showed no ill-effects from his elbow injury. Rather strange to play in the centre of midfield in the second half but it enabled him to see more of the ball. 7
8. Jacob Butterfield: Always busy and always looking for the ball. A bright prospect. 7
9. Jamil Adam: Very little impact. Struggled to get control of the ball in tricky conditions. 6
10. Miguel Mostto: Was absolutely woeful until he scored a sublime goal and then was immediately subbed! 5
11. Alistair Taylor: Another new name for me. Impressed a lot in the second half. 7
Tyrone Crapper (for Colace 69)
Danny Fearnehough (for Campbell-Ryce 69)
Jack Watts (for Mostto 71)
Martin Grundy, Kyle Letheren.
BarnsleyBoy's Man of the Match: Robert Atkinson.
1. Jonathan Lund
2. Scott Gardner
3. Aiden White
4. Joshua Falkingham
5. Jonathan Webb
6. Andrew Milne
7. Robert Snodgrass
8. Oliver Hotchkiss
9. Tom Elliott
10. Ian Westlake
11. Ben Parker
12. Peter Sweeney
14. Liam Darville
15. Mike Whitwell
16. Callum Williams
17. Matthew Edwards
Referee: Mr MA Naylor
Assistant Referee: Mr M McGrath, Mr JR Price
Fourth Official: Mr S Hawkins
Other Reports:Official Website
Results so Far:
20/8/08 Hartlepool 4-0 Barnsley
27/8/08 Barnsley 3-3 Rotherham
9/9/08 Barnsley 1-2 Leeds
On The Road:
Bradford City v Barnsley, Tuesday 30th September 2008 Kick Off 7pm
Barnsley v Huddersfield Town Wednesday 15th October 2008 Kick-Off 7pm.