Barnsley have continued their excellent start to the season in Sky Bet League One with a 2-1 victory over Gillingham at Oakwell.

Star striker Kieffer Moore notched his fifth and sixth goals of the season for The Tykes as they battled to victory over The Gills.

The home side started well with George Moncur, Mamadou Thiam and Alex Mowatt all going close to opening the scoring within the first 10 minutes of the match.

Barnsley would soon get their first goal and it came from a familiar source. Striker Moore unleashed an absolute thunderbolt from 20 yards out which whistled beyond Gills keeper Tomas Holy, a stunning strike which was made even better by the fact that the player wasn’t even facing goal.

Two minutes later, it should have been 2-0 to the home side but Moncur failed to get both power and precision on his close range shot to beat Holy.

The South Yorkshire outfit were awarded a penalty kick just after the half hour mark when Daniel Pinillos came to collect the ball from a corner kick but he was tripped in the box. Moore stepped up to take the spot kick and drilled the ball straight down the middle and into the net.

Defender Pinillos then saw a vicious strike from 35 yards tipped over the bar by Holy before Tom Eaves had a goal disallowed for Gillingham on the stroke of half time with the player in an offside position.

The second half started with Moncur floating a free-kick into the stand before Moore’s goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by a Gillingham defender.

Some sloppy play from the home side then presented Eaves with the opportunity to pull a goal back for Gillingham but home keeper Adam Davies pushed his half volley over the bar.

Steve Lovell’s side pulled a goal back from the next move. A corner kick came in from the right and Davies could only push the ball into the path of Josh Parker who bundled in.

Moncur then curled an effort from range wide of target before Moore’s downward header bounced agonisingly beyond the far post and out for a goal kick.

The performance of Moore could only be described as special. The player was oozing with confidence all afternoon and he was unlucky not to have his hat-trick when he forced a good save from Holy with a shot from what looked like an impossible angle.

Gillingham didn’t give up and they could have equalised had Callum Reilly got his header on target late on or if Max Ehmer kept his composure when the ball fell to him at the back post.

Barnsley hearts were in mouths as the nerves descended in the dying minutes. Parker saw a shot go whiskers wide for Gillingham but the hosts held on for an important three points


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