Barnet Football Club



Youth team go top of Merit League

The Barnet FC Youth Team maintained their winning start to their new campaign on Saturday with a thumping 6-2 win over Peterborough United at The Hive.


Despite falling 2-0 behind the Bees quickly mounted an excellent comeback that takes them to the top of their new Merit League with two wins from two.


Barnet started the stronger of the two sides, showing good composure in possession of the ball and creating chances with both Shane Cojocarel and Mathew Stevens going close early on.


However, it was Peterborough who took the lead early on with a penalty awarded for what seemed to be a well-timed challenge by centre-half Joe Gater down the side of the penalty area.


The visitors doubled their lead almost immediately with a looping header from a cross from the left-hand side and that eluded Kai McKenzie Lyle, as Peterborough found themselves 2-0 up against the run of play with their first two shots on goal.


Yet Barnet kept their composure and continued to play the same free-flowing football, scoring four goals in a fantastic fifteen minute spell with Cojocarel bagging a brace, Stevens adding another to his tally and Nana Keyi slotting home from the penalty spot.


The pick of the bunch was the third which came from a sweeping counter-attack that was rounded off with a first-time finish by Cojocarel after an excellent parried save by the Peterborough goalkeeper.


Barnet continued in the same vein throughout the second half as the goals kept coming.


Connor Leon scored his first goal for the club when he dispatched a ball pulled back across the face of goal following an excellent move down the right-hand side involving Hakeem Odofin and Nana Keyi.


Mathew Stevens then notched his 43rd goal of a prolific campaign with a volleyed finish as Barnet ran out 6-2 winners at the final whistle.  


With two games gone in the inaugural Merit League Barnet already find themselves two points clear at the top and will be hoping to build on their perfect start with another good performance away to Plymouth Argyle on Friday morning.