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Luton Town 3-1 Barnet

Luton Town deservedly ended 2016 with a home victory after seeing off Barnet at Kenilworth Road.

The hosts were inches away from an early lead as Jordan Cook's effort deflected narrowly wide, while Barnet's Jack Taylor saw his volley stopped by Christian Walton.

The Hatters went ahead after 31 minutes when Alan Sheehan curled a stunning free kick into the top corner from 25 yards out.

However, Barnet levelled six minutes later when Taylor's cross-shot was nodded home by Bira Dembele with the home defence screaming for offside.

Danny Hylton went close to a second twice before the break, his fierce effort requiring a sharp stop from Jamie Stephens, and then hooking just over, while Cameron McGeehan scooped off target from a yard out.

In the second period, Jonathan Smith only just missed the bottom corner, before two goals in the space of seven minutes gave Luton complete control.

McGeehan notched his 11th of the season with a wonderful volley four minutes after the restart, before Alex Gilliead rifled home from 25 yards on 56 minutes to make it 3-1.

Barnet tried to mount a comeback as Michael Nelson headed just over and Sam Muggleton's free-kick went close, but the Hatters held on.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1WaltonBooked at 39mins
  • 5Mullins
  • 6Cuthbert
  • 44SheehanSubstituted forJustinat 63'minutes
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 16ReaBooked at 50mins
  • 4Smith
  • 3PottsSubstituted forGillieadat 28'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 8McGeehanBooked at 23minsSubstituted forLeeat 86'minutes
  • 10Cook
  • 9Hylton

Substitutes

  • 7Gray
  • 14Marriott
  • 15Gilliead
  • 19Lee
  • 23McQuoid
  • 31King
  • 36Justin

Barnet

  • 1Stephens
  • 32Vilhete
  • 6Nelson
  • 4DembéléBooked at 2mins
  • 3Johnson
  • 11GambinSubstituted forMuggletonat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Weston
  • 28Taylor
  • 23NichollsSubstituted forKyeiat 68'minutes
  • 13Campbell-RyceSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 53'minutes
  • 9Akinde

Substitutes

  • 7Watson
  • 12Vickers
  • 15Sesay
  • 16Taylor
  • 17Muggleton
  • 18Kyei
  • 19Akpa-Akpro
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
8,262

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away14
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 3, Barnet 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Barnet 1.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Mauro Vilhete.

Attempt missed. Danny Hylton (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Sam Muggleton (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Muggleton (Barnet).

Jordan Cook (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Jonathan Smith.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by John Mullins.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. Jack Taylor (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Akinde (Barnet).

Booking

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Olly Lee replaces Cameron McGeehan.

Foul by Alex Gilliead (Luton Town).

Bira Dembélé (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. Curtis Weston (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sam Muggleton (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Foul by Glen Rea (Luton Town).

Jack Taylor (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Sam Muggleton replaces Luke Gambin.

Attempt missed. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Bira Dembélé.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Nana Kyei replaces Alex Nicholls.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by John Mullins.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Glen Rea.

Attempt blocked. Curtis Weston (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Elliot Johnson (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. James Justin replaces Alan Sheehan.

Attempt blocked. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Michael Nelson (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

Luke Gambin (Barnet) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Barnet 1. Alex Gilliead (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Cook.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro replaces Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

goal

As It Stood

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1Plymouth23153537241348
2Carlisle231210144281646
3Doncaster23144545311446
4Portsmouth23116636221439
5Luton23108534211338
6Wycombe2311573025538
7Cambridge2310583126535
8Blackpool2397736241234
9Colchester239683429533
10Barnet238963233-133
11Exeter2393112927230
12Grimsby238692927230
13Yeovil238692526-130
14Stevenage2393113538-330
15Crawley2385102838-1029
16Crewe236982431-727
17Mansfield236982229-727
18Hartlepool236893140-926
19Morecambe2282122741-1426
20Leyton Orient2374122630-425
21Accrington2366112129-824
22Notts County2364132740-1322
23Cheltenham2349102435-1121
24Newport2245132639-1317
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