Thomas hits late winner as Tyne Met see off a spirited Barnsley
Tyne Metropolitan College first team left it late to beat a spirited Barnsley side in their first home league game since October.
On a bobbly surface, good passing football proved difficult and this resulted in a fairly scrappy game which was ultimately decided by three great finishes from Tyne Met.
Few chances were created in the opening half hour with both keepers under employed.
Jack Cooper hit a 20-yard effort just wide as Tyne Met showed the first signs of breaking the deadlock, and they did just that on 40 minutes when defending turned to attack with a long through ball by Joe Walton that found Regan Paterson racing down on goal and he cleverly lifted the ball over the keeper into the net.
Just 35 seconds from the restart it was 2-0 when Walton hit a diagonal pass towards Paterson and via the full back’s head and he set up Cooper who made no mistake with a 20-yard drive into the far corner.
Tyne Met were looking keep it tight at the beginning of the second half but they conceded a free kick on the left wing only a minute in and one of the two towering centre backs scored a back post header.
The game then took a similar pattern to the first half with few chances at either end.
However, on 73 minutes a quick break down the left saw Barnsley draw level from a pull back and side-foot finish from ten yards.
You could sense both teams still felt they could win it and on 83 minutes Tyne Met nearly scored when skipper Jake Mitchell strode forward combing with Jay Hornsby who delivered a great cross but Ryan Thomas rose to head the ball just wide from a good position.
But Thomas was not to be denied when he thundered in a 90th minute winner from the edge of the box after a corner was headed clear. He took a touch to steady himself and saw his left-footed drive fly past the keeper for a great winner.