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Accrington Stanley 1-0 Barnet

Shay McCartan scored the only goal as Accrington eased their League Two relegation worries with victory over Barnet.

Goalmouth action was limited in the early stages with the first real chance not coming until the 29th minute when Stanley defender Matty Pearson hit the crossbar following Sean McConville's corner.

Barnet had to resort to some desperate defending to stop Stanley, with Michael Nelson blocking a goal-bound strike from McConville on the stroke of half-time.

The Bees' first shot on target did not come until first-half stoppage time but Mauro Vilhete's effort was easy for Stanley's on-loan goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

The home side started the second half with purpose and forward McCartan fired narrowly over from 30 yards while, at the other end, winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce saw a chip comfortably saved by Rodak.

McCartan then provided the game's decisive moment, firing a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner in the 54th minute after Billy Kee had been fouled on the edge of the area

The Bees' 22-goal top-scorer John Akinde should have levelled six minutes from time but his unmarked header from 10 yards was blocked on the line.

There was still time for Stanley substitute Jordan Clark to hit the woodwork.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 12Rodak
  • 2Pearson
  • 32Rodgers
  • 3Hughes
  • 30Donacien
  • 15ClareBooked at 43minsSubstituted forClarkat 62'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 10McCartan
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 4Davies
  • 7Clark
  • 9Gornell
  • 14Boco
  • 16Husin
  • 20Chapman
  • 24Edwards

Barnet

  • 43Buchel
  • 16Taylor
  • 41Clough
  • 6Nelson
  • 4DembéléBooked at 67mins
  • 32Vilhete
  • 11BoverBooked at 22mins
  • 20ChampionSubstituted forWatsonat 72'minutes
  • 13Campbell-RyceSubstituted forKyeiat 66'minutes
  • 14AkinolaSubstituted forAmaluzorat 62'minutes
  • 9AkindeBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 7Watson
  • 17Coulson
  • 18Kyei
  • 30Amaluzor
  • 31McKenzie-Lyle
  • 39Sweeney
  • 40Tutonda
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
1,236

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Barnet 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Barnet 0.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Marek Rodak.

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bira Dembélé (Barnet).

Attempt blocked. Ruben Bover (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Foul by Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley).

John Akinde (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Bira Dembélé (Barnet) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).

Michael Nelson (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ryan Watson.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Ryan Watson replaces Tom Champion.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

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

Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

Justin Amaluzor (Barnet) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Bira Dembélé (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bira Dembélé (Barnet).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Nana Kyei replaces Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Attempt blocked. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Justin Amaluzor replaces Simeon Akinola.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Jordan Clark replaces Sean Clare.

Foul by Sean Clare (Accrington Stanley).

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

Attempt missed. Bira Dembélé (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley).

John Akinde (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simeon Akinola (Barnet).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster35209666422469
2Plymouth34205954361865
3Carlisle35151375651558
4Luton341512753312257
5Portsmouth341681049311856
6Stevenage35174145951855
7Exeter351661356411554
8Mansfield35131394338552
9Colchester35149125144751
10Wycombe35148134445-150
11Blackpool341114952381447
12Cambridge34138134441347
13Grimsby35138144142-147
14Barnet351113114347-446
15Morecambe34137144351-846
16Crawley34127154152-1143
17Yeovil35913133344-1140
18Cheltenham35912143846-839
19Crewe35912143752-1539
20Accrington33911133746-938
21Hartlepool35911154659-1338
22Notts County35107183861-2337
23Leyton Orient3595214055-1532
24Newport34511183757-2026
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