COLCHESTER United gave another Southampton youngster a chance to shine in their under-23 clash with Barnsley last night.

Midfielder Taymar Fleary, 18, featured for the opening 45 minutes of the U's 4-0 reverse at the JobServe Community Stadium, in their latest Professional Development League Two fixture.

He is the second Southampton youngster to be given a chance to shine by Colchester's academy in a matter of weeks, following Richard Bakary's recent trial period with the club.

Ipswich Town youngster Ryley Scott also featured for Kevin Horlock's side against Barnsley.

The teenager, who earlier in the season spent time on loan at Bostik League division north Bury Town, can play in either defence or midfield.

The duo were unable to prevent Colchester from falling to defeat against Barnsley.

And there were more injury worries for first team boss John McGreal as another of his midfield squad players, Louis Dunne, had to limp off after just nine minutes of the match.

A thundering block tackle on Dunne saw him needing treatment on and off the pitch and he was soon replaced by Tariq Issa.

Colchester fell behind just before the quarter hour mark when Amir Berkovits came in from the right and into the box before firing home a left-foot shot.

U's keeper Dillon Barnes then pushed another effort by Berkovits around the post but Colchester then pushed for an equaliser.

Jake Hutchinson failed to trouble Jake Greatorex with an effort after Todd Miller's good run had set up the next home chance and the Barnsley keeper then denied Issa, with a good low save.

But Barnes then made a good save to deny Sam Fielding, before a bad five-minute spell for the U's effectively lost them the match.

Fielding doubled Barnsley's lead 11 minutes before half-time when he got in front of Barnes and forced a shot over the line, after Barnett had swung a free-kick in from the right.

And Berkovits then created Barnsley's third goal, knocking the ball back into the box for Chris Sange to scramble the ball over the line following a goalmouth scramble.

Any hopes of a Colchester recovery were quickly dashed three minutes after the break, as Fielding thumped an unstoppable shot home from just outside the penalty area.

Colchester kept going and Noah Chilvers forced an excellent save out of Greatorex while at the other end, a good block by Scott stopped a goalbound shot.

Callum Jones drove an effort just over for Colchester but they were unable to find a consolation.

Colchester under-23: Barnes, Scott, Kensdale, Kiangebeni, Clampin, Miller, Chilvers, Dunne (sub Issa, 9), Fleary (sub Agboola, 46), Hutchinson, Jones. Subs (not used): Coulter, Ager, Hyde.