Gillingham 2 Barnsley 1

Barnsley's winning streak in Sky Bet League One is over as they fell to defeat at high-flying Gillingham.

Saturday, 13th February 2016, 4:25 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th February 2016, 4:30 pm
Barnsley in action at Gillingham where their briliant unbeaten run came an end

The Reds, looking to extend their winning run to eight matches, couldn’t quite carve out enough clear-cut chances throughout the 90 minutes.

There were relatively few chances during a first period in which both sides pretty much cancelled one another out.

However, it was the Reds who went in at the break behind.

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The Gills broke the deadlock in the 25th minute, with Dominic Samuel pouncing on a poor pass from James Bree before charging clear and slotting comfortably past Adam Davies.

Earlier Marley Watkins went close for the Reds, seeing a smart shot from an acute angle superbly blocked by ‘keeper Stuart Nelson.

After the goal, Josh Brownhill responded by curling a free-kick inches wide of the post, while Sam Winnall’s overhead kick also missed the target.

Watkins saw a chipped effort saved by Nelson seconds before the break.

Both sides missed decent chances early in the second period.

Kevin Long saw a header blocked for the Reds, while the Gills hit back with Samuel being denied by a fine Davies stop.

Two goals inside a minute just past the hour mark lit up the game.

The Reds equalised superbly with Conor Hourihane lashing a crisp half-volley into the roof of the net, before the Gills re-took the lead almost immediately.

Donnelly cracked in a great shot which Davies could only parry into the path of Bradley Dack, who tapped home to make it 2-1.

Hourihane and subs Josh Scowen and Ashley Fletcher both went close in the latter stage, but the Reds couldn’t find a leveller.

Gillingham (4-3-1-2): Nelson; Osadebe, Egan, Ehmer, Garmston; A Morris, Wright, Loft; Dack; Samuel, Donnelly. Subs: G Morris, Chicksen, Hessenthaler, McGlashan, List, Williams, Norris.

Barnsley (4-4-2): Davies; Bree, Long, Mawson, White; Isgrove, Brownhill, Hourihane, Hammill; Winnall, Watkins.Subs: Townsend, Roberts, Scowen, Fletcher, Khan, G Williams, Tuton.

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire).