Blues played out an eight-goal thriller in South Yorkshire at the weekend.
George McGee (pictured) gave Blues a 17th minute lead, but a rampant Barnsley hit four goals without reply before half-time.
Blues started the second half really positively, but it was the hosts who scored again, before Charlie Cooper pulled a goal back and then McGee netted his second of the game.
Despite seeing his team concede five goals, Academy coach Steve Spooner was full of praise for his young side.
“You’d think that conceding five it would be all negative but far from it,” he said.
“Barnsley were excellent, but we were as good and it could have been any score.
"It was great advert for academy football with the way the ball was moved around and the passing.
“Admittedly we gave them two goals because of our own indecision but that’s part of the kids’ learning and decision-making process.
“We had an under 15 and two under 16s out there playing against a more experienced side, and only two second years which was very young, so it was great encouragement for the future of the football club.”