Charles hits double as Bolton pick up valuable first-leg win at Barnsley


Bolton took control of their League One play-off semi-final against Barnsley with a 3-1 first-leg win on Friday night.

Dion Charles steered in a superb Paris Maghoma cross to put Ian Evatt’s side in front midway through a cagey first half at Oakwell.

And the striker took his tally for the season to 20 in all competitions after the break when he beat Liam Roberts from the spot after the goalkeeper had clattered Josh Sheehan.

Barnsley did pull one back, when substitutes Conor Grant and Sam Cosgrove combined for the latter to thump in to give the Tykes hope.

But Randell Williams remarkably scored straight from a corner in stoppage time, to put Bolton firmly in charge of the tie ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at the Toughsheet Community Stadium, which is live on Sky Sports Football.

More to follow…


Tuesday 7th May 7:30pm


Kick off 8:00pm


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Dion Charles finds himself on the end of a superb cross from Paris Maghoma and puts Bolton 1-0 up in their League One play off against Barnsley

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Josh Sheehan is taken out by Liam Roberts and Bolton are awarded a penalty which is put away by Dion Charles

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Sam Cosgrove snatches back a goal for Barnsley to put them only one behind Bolton in their League One play-off semi final first leg

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Randell Williams extends Bolton’s lead in the League One play-off semi-final first leg as he scores an amazing goal straight from corner kick

What’s next?

Barnsley and Bolton will face off against one another in the second leg at the Toughsheet Community Stadium at 8pm on Tuesday May 7, live on Sky Sports Football.

The winners will advance to the Sky Bet League One play-off final, which will be played at Wembley on Saturday May 18.



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