The young striker was coach Clive’s top scorer for the reserves last season with 17 goals in 17 appearances - the highlight successive hat-tricks against Derby and Arsenal.
Barney’s strike meant he scored the first and last goals of the 2004-05 season — the first in a friendly against Falkenbergs in Sweden in July and, 10 months on, the last here in Mauritius.
“Lee deserved it and it was a goal that summed up his season, the way he came inside and his first thought was ‘can I score’,” said Clive. “His thinking has changed and it was a tremendous finish.
“He’s been hungry to learn all season and it’s all paid off with a wonderful goal for the first team out here.
“His all-round play has improved along with the confidence he’s got from scoring goals.
“He’s been a constant threat in games even when things haven’t gone his way and that has resulted in a very productive season.”
Clive Allen was delighted that Lee Barnard capped a season to remember with a goal against Mauritius.