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Barnsley reach Wembley after Johnstone's Paint Trophy shoot-out success

4 February 2016

Barnsley advanced to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final after defeating Fleetwood Town on penalties in the Northern Area Final.

The two sides met just under a month ago in the first leg at Oakwell, where the clubs battled to a 1-1 draw.

Fleetwood struggled to make the home advantage count in the return leg though, with Barnsley dominating at Highbury for much of the 90 minutes. However, they spurned several good opportunities and found Cod Army stopper Chris Maxwell in fine form.

However, the Tykes' pressure eventually paid off when Conor Hourihane gave them a second-half lead, only for it to be cancelled out by Ashley Hunter's 81st-minute effort.

Nathan Pond and Ashley Fletcher both had chances to win it at the death, but the aggregate score was locked at 2-2 when the full-time whistle blew, and the game went to penalties.

After four perfect penalties, Josh Scowen was denied by Maxwell, but Fleetwood's Conor McLaughlin failed to take advantage, seeing his penalty saved by Adam Davies. Then, the Barnsley stopper was at it again to deny Amari Bell from 12 yards.

A brilliant game of football tonight in the @JP_Trophy, but congratulations to @bfc_official. Que sera, sera...

— The Football League (@football_league) February 4, 2016
That gave Adam Hammill the chance to book his side a place under the arch, and he made no mistake, setting up a meeting with Oxford United at Wembley in April.

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