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Cork City
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No Rush For Defour And Brady

Recovering duo may be the only ones to sit out Cork City opener

12 July 2018

Steven Defour is set to sit out the Clarets’ opening pre-season friendly and Robbie Brady may not be rushed back into action as he nears his eagerly-awaited return.

Burnley open their pre-season campaign at Cork City on Friday night (kick-off 7pm) after a week-long training camp in southern Ireland.

But Defour and Brady are likely to be given a little longer to make their comebacks, with Defour picking up a strain in training and Brady being eased back to full fitness after recovering from the knee surgery he underwent last December.

“Steven Defour has a niggly calf, so we are being careful with that one and, maybe, Robbie,” confirmed manager Sean Dyche.

“We will have to be careful with Robbie. He’s going really well but it is still early in his progress.

“He is training with the team, which is really good and he’s enjoying that.

“They are probably the only two we will be careful with. Everyone else should play some form of football tomorrow.”

Midfield play-maker Defour has also successfully recovered from a knee operation which has kept the former Belgium international out since January.

But while he must wait to get back into the fray, the bulk of his team-mates are expected to figure against Cork as Dyche’s side continues the countdown to their opening competitive fixture against Aberdeen in the Europa League in a fortnight’s time.

The game against Cork, who aren’t expected to field a full-strength side due to their Champions League qualifying schedule, will be an extension of the work they have been putting in on the training ground this week.

And Dyche confirmed that he intends to spread the workload in the friendly at Turner’s Cross, where the Clarets won 3-0 in a similar warm-up game five years ago.

“No-one, we hope, will have to play 90 minutes. We’ve got enough players for that not to happen,” added the Burnley boss.

“We’ve got another training session today (Thursday) and then a light session in the morning.

“But if the numbers are good probably the most anyone will play will be 60 minutes and most of them will play 45.

“It’s just about them getting that competitive feel of a game so we will look at that and use it wisely and then build on it next week.”

Defending champions Cork are currently second in the League of Ireland Premier Division with 10 games to go, but don’t return to domestic action until 27 July.

The side, managed by former playing favourite John Caulfield, lost 1-0 to Legia Warsaw in the home leg of their Champions League first qualifying-round tie on Tuesday night and go to Poland for the return leg next Tuesday night.

Former Hull City and Ipswich Town defender Damian Delaney, 36, returned to his hometown club earlier this summer after reaching the end of a contract with Crystal Palace and made his second debut in the narrow defeat to Legia.

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Match Reports

Cork City 0 Burnley 1

Jimmy Dunne scores first senior goal to give the Clarets opening pre-season win

13 July 2018

Jimmy Dunne made it a landmark return home by scoring his first senior goal to give the Clarets victory in their opening pre-season friendly.

The young Irishman struck from close range 20 minutes from time as Burnley got their campaign up-and-running in efficient style at Turner’s Cross.

In an exercise more about continuing to build on fitness at the end of a five-day training camp in County Cork, boss Sean Dyche was able to give 45 minutes game time to most of his travelling party.

But it was still an important night for Dunne, who has been given his first taste of the first-team environment since returning from a successful loan spell with Accrington Stanley at the end of last season.

The defender - who hails from Dundalk, Cork’s big domestic rivals - has enjoyed a productive week on the training ground and given his senior ‘debut’ took the chance as a second-half substitute to win it for the Clarets on a red-letter night for the 20-year-old.

Like Burnley, Cork dipped into their own squad strength, with the game falling between the two legs of their Champions League first-round qualifying tie against Legia Warsaw.

But the defending League of Ireland champions were still able to field a competitive starting side made up almost exclusively of first-team squad members.

And City – second in the table with 10 games to go as they look to overhaul Dundalk in the title race – made it an honest test before the break.

Tom Heaton was never overly tested as he made his first start since the shoulder injury last September which ultimately cost him a World Cup place.

But he did have to hold one long-range effort from former West Ham youngster Kieran Sadlier, who also fired into the side netting from the hosts’ best chance of the opening half.

Burnley saw most of the ball, with teenager Dwight McNeil catching the eye in a wide position, but couldn’t fashion a clear sight of goal.

Nahki Wells nodded wide a cross from Stephen Ward, one of four Ireland internationals in the Clarets’ ranks to be welcomed by the home crowd.

And Jack Cork also steered a shot just past a post after intercepting a pass and driving forward in typical style from Burnley’s best opening before half-time, which brought widespread changes from Dyche.

Only Aiden O’Neill was sent out again for further duty, switching from central midfield to right-back with Matt Lowton joining Robbie Brady and Steven Defour as the only three senior men – along with World Cup attendees Nick Pope and Johann Berg Gudmundsson – not to figure.

And in a bright start to the second half the Clarets almost went in front on three occasions.

Sam Vokes had scored here in a 3-0 win five years ago and the Wales international poked an effort just wide after Jon Walters had dummied a cross from O’Neill.

And Vokes was closer still as Cork keeper Peter Cherrie was forced into a quick-fire double save.

The former Dundalk man palmed out a powerful header from Vokes following a perfect deep cross from the tidy Ashley Westwood and then kept out a fierce long-range drive from O’Neill.

Cherrie was then replaced by David Coffey and three minutes later the substitute keeper was beaten as Burnley forced their way through to find a winner.

James Tarkowski connected with a Westwood’s corner and it was central defensive partner Dunne who was in the right place to pivot and volley home from just outside the six-yard box to make it a night to remember for the Ireland under-21 international.

Cork City: Cherrie (Coffey 68), Kane, Bennett (Hurley 68), Dunleavy, Barry, Sadlier (Murphy 78), Kavanagh (McFarlane 78), Daly-Butz (Collins 84), O’Hanlon (Campion ht), Coughlan, Phillips. Substitutes: Campion, Murphy, Collins, McFarlane.

Burnley (first half): Heaton, Bardsley, Long, Mee, Ward, McNeil, Cork, O’Neill, Lennon, Wood, Wells.

Burnley (second half): Lindegaard, O’Neill, Tarkowski, Dunne, Taylor, Waltyers, Westwood, Hendrick, Agyei, Barnes (McNeil 82), Vokes.

Referee: David Keeler

Attendance: 1,727

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