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Summary

  1. Demetriou deflected in Hammill's shot for Barnsley opener
  2. Winnall scored twice in two minutes
  3. Second leg at Bescot on Thursday

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By Kalika Mehta

All times stated are UK

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FT: Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Sam Winnall
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So Barnsley take a big step towards Wembley with a convincing win over Walsall - read the match report here.

That's it from me, but our next play-off game between AFC Wimbledon v Accrington is about to get under way on this mammoth Saturday of live football.

You can follow all that action from the League Two game here.

Tykes take control

FT: Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

An end-to-end first half ended with Barnsley taking the lead on the stroke of half-time as Adam Hammill's shot was deflected into the net by Walsall defender Jason Demetriou.

Sam Winnall then struck twice in two minutes as the hosts surged into a 3-0 lead before the hour mark.

The Saddlers' best chance of the match, with the score at 0-0, was skewed wide by Tom Bradshaw, who will be required to help his side make history as Bescot on Thursday if they're to reach the League One play-off final at Wembley.

No team has ever pulled back a three-goal first-leg deficit to reach a play-off final.

Tykes take control

FT: Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

BBC Radio Sheffield's Andy Giddings has posted a picture of the scene at the final whistle at Oakwell on Twitter...

The reds send off is an emphatic one!!!

The reds send off is an emphatic one!!!

FULL-TIME

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Sam Winnall
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Barnsley will take a well-deserved three goal lead into the second leg at Bescot on Thursday after Sam Winnall's double.

Have they already got one foot into the play-off final at Wembley on 29 May?

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Barnsley have marshalled the last 20 or minutes of this match without too many alarms.

Walsall have undoubtedly been competitive in this match but haven't fired at all up front. 

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

It's been a bad day at the office for many of the Walsall players, not least Romaine Sawyers, who once again fails to control the ball and gives away possession.

There are going to be four minutes of added time at Oakwell.

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Walsall are still pushing for a late goal. The away side will be looking for their own bit of luck in the final moments of this match.

Is there any way back for the Saddlers on Thursday if they return to Bescot with a three-goal deficit?

It's never happened before in the play-offs.

Walsall fans
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Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

There's a slight delay in play as a couple of Barnsley fans decide they would like a quick dash on the pitch.

They don't get very far and are booed loudly by the crowd. Nobody's impressed.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Jordan Cook replaces Walsall midfielder Milan Lalkovic while Barnsley bring on Harry Chapman for Lloyd Isgrove.

Can the visitors pick up a much needed goal in the final five minutes? It's not looking likely at the moment.

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

In case you didn't believe me earlier, here's a picture of that Barnsley conga...

Barnsley fans
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Surely with your team 3-0 up in a play-off semi-final, you'd want to sit down and enjoy the game?

SUBSTITUTION

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Aidy White replaces Ashley Fletcher as Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom looks to close this game out without seeing his side concede.

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

With 15 minutes left of this game the Barnsley players seem to have taken their foot off the gas, perhaps with a thought to Thursday's second leg.

Walsall play the ball forward and Sam Mantom really should do better as he skews his shot high and wide despite being in acres of space in the box. 

Another wasted chance for the away side.

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

You get the feeling that if Walsall are going to score it's going to be through Milan Lalkovic.

Anthony Forde drives the ball into the box from the right and Lalkovic at full stretch just fails to reach the ball. Any sort of touch and it surely would have been a goal.

Milan Lalkovic
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SUBSTITUTION

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw is replaced by another forward, Jordy Hiwula. 

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Barnsley defender George Williams makes a vital intervention as he comes across to clear Milan Lalkovic's pull back from the edge of the area.

Walsall are pushing hard for a goal.

SUBSTITUTION

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Barnsley take off two-goal hero Sam Winnall as Paul Heckingbottom opts to bring on some fresh legs in Ivan Toney.

Can Toney, who is on loan from Newcastle, add to the hosts' lead?

The fans certainly seem to think so... they've started a conga line in the stands.

How crucial will Winnall's brace prove to be?

Sam Winnall
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Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Like much of the first half, Walsall keep the ball in and around the box but fail to muster anything of note.

How much will Tom Bradshaw be regretting his first-half miss now?

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Walsall look to attack and Sam Mantom teases a cross into the box which is just headed wide by Tom Bradshaw.

The visitors will be hoping to take a goal back to Bescot on Thursday to keep this tie alive.

SUBSTITUTION

Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Walsall are making their first change with Kieron Morris coming off for Sam Mantom in a straight swap in midfield.

Can Mantom bring about a change in fortunes for Jon Whitney's side?

Jon Whitney
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Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

There is utter delirium inside Oakwell with Barnsley looking set to be heading to Wembley for a second time this season.

If the unfortunate own goal from Jason Demetriou at the end of the first half had completely deflated the away side, then that quick-fire Sam Winnall brace might have done so. Can the Saddlers respond?

2 - Sam Winnall has scored braces in back-to-back games for Barnsley. Potent.

GOAL - Barnsley 3-0 Walsall

Sam Winnall

Sam Winnall
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Two goals in two minutes for Sam Winnall may have taken Barnsley to Wembley, and we're not even an hour into this tie yet.

Winnall goes on a mazy run and finds himself one-on-one with Neil Etheridge, before sliding the ball past the Walsall goalkeeper.

GOAL - Barnsley 2-0 Walsall

Sam Winnall

The Walsall defence sit off Sam Winnall and the Barnsley striker has all the time in the world to unleash a shot that nestles in the back of the net.

It looks to have, once again, taken a deflection of one of the visitors' defenders but there is no doubt Winnall will be claiming that as his 23rd goal of the season.

Sam Winnall
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Barnsley 1-0 Walsall

Barnsley should be 2-0 up! The hosts break from a Walsall corner and are three-on-one but Lloyd Isgrove holds on to the ball and has his shot saved by Neil Etheridge, despite having Josh Brownhill and Adam Hammill free in front of goal alongside him.

The visitors immediately go down the other end and Milan Lalkovic tests Adam Davies with a fierce shot.

A breathtaking start to the second half. You don't want to take your eyes of this one.

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Follow live text and Radio 5 live reaction to Saracens' victory here.

Barnsley 1-0 Walsall

Barnsley have started on the front foot and win a corner.

Captain Conor Hourihane sends in a tantalising cross but it is well dealt with by the Walsall defence.

KICK-OFF

Barnsley 1-0 Walsall

We're under way again at Oakwell after a bit of delay as an injury to linesman Mark Duncan has forced a change.

Fourth official Jez Simpson has taken Duncan's place and Darren England has stepped up from the crowd to be the fourth official for the second 45 minutes.

The delay was because they couldn't find a pair of boots for England - you couldn't make it up...

Millwall's Thompson wins monthly award

Sunday: Bradford v Millwall, 12.15 BST

Ben Thompson
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In case you missed it earlier on, Millwall's Ben Thompson won the Football League's Young Player of the Month award for April.

Read about his journey from autograph-hunter to midfield maestro here.

Thompson is likely to be involved in Millwall's play-off first leg against Bradford tomorrow.

League Two play-off to come

AFC Wimbledon v Accrington, 19:30 BST

A bumper Saturday of play-off football sees League Two sides AFC Wimbledon and Accrington take on each other in our final game of the day from 19:30 BST.

If you'd rather enjoy the action from Kingsmeadow than hearing countless songs from Eurovision tonight, you can follow the action here.

Hull outplay hapless Derby

Championship: Derby 0-3 Hull

Hull celebrate
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Hull looked to have put one foot into the Championship play-off final after a resounding win over Derby at the iPro stadium.

You can read Phil Cartwright's match report on the Tigers' victory here.

Barnsley strike first

HT: Barnsley 1-0 Walsall

A late own goal by Jason Demetriou has given Barnsley the lead at half-time and the hosts will feel it is nothing less than they deserve after Lloyd Isgrove's perfectly good goal was ruled offside early on.

Walsall's top scorer Tom Bradshaw had a golden opportunity to give the visitors the lead three minutes before Barnsley scored, but screwed his shot wide.

Will Bradshaw and his team regret that miss at full-time?

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HT: Barnsley 1-0 Walsall

Charlie: Walsall need to get Romaine Sawyers on the ball more. Most creative player in tight spaces in League One.

Keep your thoughts coming to us using #bbcfootball on Twitter.

HALF-TIME

Barnsley 1-0 Walsall

And that was the last action of the first half at Oakwell. Advantage Barnsley at the break in the first leg.

GOAL - Barnsley 1-0 Walsall

Jason Demetriou own goal

Adam Hammill
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Barnsley have the lead and it's come through good work from striker Sam Winnall.

Winnall gets to the byline, pulls the ball back and Adam Hammill was in the right place to stroke the ball into the net, though his effort was deflected in off Walsall defender Jason Demetriou.

Barnsley 0-0 Walsall

Tom Bradshaw has his head in hands. 

The Walsall striker receives the ball in acres of space in the box after Milan Lalkovic gets the better of Barnsley defender Josh Scowen but he can only direct his shot wide of the post.

A disappointing effort from the prolific Bradshaw.

Barnsley 0-0 Walsall

A messy couple of minutes from both teams, with neither managing to string more than a couple of passes together.

Walsall defender Rico Henry, who has been given a torrid afternoon so far by Lloyd Isgrove, surges forward but is forced back after some good defending from Josh Scowen.

Rico Henry
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Barnsley 0-0 Walsall

Walsall full-back Jason Demetriou steals the ball in the middle of the pitch and releases Romaine Sawyers down the right before collecting the return ball in the box.

However, his tame shot is easily collected by Barnsley keeper Adam Davies, with the Walsall defender shaking his head in disappointment.

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Barnsley 0-0 Walsall

Andrew Wheeler: I would like to see Bradford go up to the Championship - it is about time they went up.

Ian Bradley: Come on Barnsley - another Yorkshire club in the Championship please.

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Barnsley 0-0 Walsall

Barnsley's Ashley Fletcher collects the ball on the left and dances his way into the Walsall box but loses the ball as Jason Demetriou clears.

Despite all the play inside the box, there haven't been many clear cut goalscoring chances just yet.

Lloyd Isgrove's disallowed goal aside, of course.

Barnsley 0-0 Walsall

Walsall are awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area and Anthony Forde's excellent effort is saved by Barnsley keeper Adam Davies, who excellently bats the ball away one-handed.

Barnsley 0-0 Walsall

Jon Whitney
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It's end-to-end stuff at the moment as both sides are looking to attack but neither defence is allowing much space in the box for the players to get a shot away.

Tense stuff in South Yorkshire at the moment.