Barnsley: Reds 2 Steaua Bucharest 2

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Barnsley kicked off their pre-season with a battling 2-2 draw in a closed-door friendly with Dinamo Bucharest at Oakwell.

Goals from young midfielder Jordan Clark and Polish winger Tomasz Cywka gave the Reds ‘a welcome 2-0 half-time lead.

But former Romanian Liga champions and European Champions Cup semi-finalists Bucharest hit back with two goals in the second half to share the spoils.

Reds boss David Flitcroft made two changes at half-time when keeper Luke Steele was replaced by Ben Alnwick and midfielder Paul Digby came off for Anthony Boland.

Flitcroft then made nine more changes with a string of under-21 development players used in the second half as he cast his eye over his squad ahead of the club’s first official pre-season friendly, against Club Brugges at Oakwell tonight (7pm).

Clark gave the Reds a deserved 15th-minute lead with a clinical strike, before Cywka doubled the home side’s lead with a thunderous free-kick nine minutes later.

However, the visitors controlled the second half and need just three minutes to reduce the arrears.

An equaliser came just after the hour mark as Bucharest continued their fine pre-season form.

The Romanian club have been training in Leeds for the last ten days and thumped Scottish Premier League outfit Hearts 5-1 in Manchester on Monday night.

The Reds knew they’d had a tough test but there were no injuries. The Star understands more senior players will play a significant role against Brugge.

Young striker Danny Rose is recovering from a foot injury which means he is unlikely to feature tonight

Rose, though, is hopeful he will back in time to play in the club’s three other pre-season matches before they start their Championship campaign at home to Wigan Athletic on Saturday August 3.