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05 January 2018 Venue Turf Moor Attendance

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Burnley U18
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Plymouth Argyle U18

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Cadamarteri Aims For Pilgrims Progress

Clarets out to avoid upset against giant-killing Plymouth Argyle

5 January 2018

Danny Cadamarteri is determined to avoid another giant-killing when the Clarets take on Plymouth Argyle in the FA Youth Cup at Turf Moor on Friday night (kick-off 7pm).

Argyle pulled off one of the biggest shocks the competition has ever seen when they knocked out Manchester City – finalists for each of the last three seasons – in round three.

The young Pilgrims won on penalties following a 0-0 draw with the twice-winners at Home Park to make it into the last 32.

Burnley booked their place in round four by beating Leeds United 1-0 and youth coach Cadamarteri doesn’t want his side to become the second Premier League club to go out at the hands of a team sitting in the bottom half of the Football League’s South West Youth Alliance.

“I think it puts a big stir around Academy football. It’s that same kind of projection of the magic of the cup as in the senior level, where anything can happen,” Cadamarteri – a Youth Cup winner with Everton in 1998 – told Clarets Player HD.

“Plymouth put in hard work, resilience and organisation and got a result off the back of it.

Jordan Cropper's goal took Burnley past Leeds United in round three

“We are well aware that Manchester City went out in that kind of situation and we don’t want to be another club that suffers a scalping.

“We will go into the game with it being probably one of the only games this season where we’ve been favourites.But we want to go in and do a job and put in a performance to win a game.”

Plymouth - coached by Kevin Hodges, Argyle’s record appearance-maker and former first-team manager - have also beaten Eastleigh and AFC Wimbledon during their run and have won their last three games in all competitions.

The Clarets – third in the northern division of the U18 Professional Development League – have won four on the spin.

John Townson led the Clarets in the last round but Danny Cadamarteri will be back on duty on Friday night

The last of those was the cup victory over Leeds at the end of November and Cadamarteri’s side hasn’t played since due to the bad weather in December and the Christmas break.

But he has a full-strength squad to select from – apart from injured goalkeeper Kai Calderbank-Park – and believes the players and staff have put in enough work on the training ground to try and capitalise on a number of shock results and progress further in a competition which saw Burnley reach the last four in 2012 following a sole success back in 1968.

“We are under no illusion. It’s going to be a tough game. It’s a very resolute group we are going to play against, but we have to back ourselves to go out and put in a performance,” added Cadamarteri.

“I have said to the boys, and looked at the results from the last round, and a couple of the big hitters have already gone out.

“Man City are out, Man Utd have gone out and in the next round Liverpool or Arsenal will go out, because they play each other, so there are some really big teams who have already gone out of the competition.

“Our primary focus is to make sure we are in the draw for the next round and just try and have as long a run in this competition as possible.”

The Bob Lord Stand will be open for the game. Turnstiles 5, 6 and 7 will open at 6 p.m.

However, tickets must be purchased from the ticket office before entering through the turnstiles.

Supporters are requested to purchase using cash, rather than credit cards.

Prices are £4 for adults, £2 for Under 18’s and Over 65’s. Season ticket holders from both sides will pay £1 for a ticket on production of their season ticket for this season.

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Match Reports

Burnley U18s 0 Plymouth Argyle U18s 1

Late winner sends Clarets out of FA Youth Cup as giant-killers march on

5 January 2018

FA Youth Cup giant-killers Plymouth did it again as an injury-time winner sent the Clarets crashing out in heart-breaking fashion at Turf Moor.

League One Argyle – who play their football in the Football League’s South West Youth Alliance – knocked out Manchester City on penalties in the third round.

On that occasion the Devon club shut City out for 120 minutes and this time 94 minutes was enough to deny Burnley a place in round five for the first time since 2014/15.

Danny Cadamarteri’s Clarets had virtually all the chances but couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper Michael Cooper, who made his first-team debut against Blackburn Rovers earlier this season and is set to sit on the bench against Bury tomorrow after getting back in the early hours of the morning.

And just as they were heading towards extra-time, Burnley were delivered a sucker-punch as Argyle broke away to clinch a dramatic winner through Billy Craske to spark scenes of celebration moments later from players, staff and supporters who had made the 640-mile round trip.

Plymouth, who had also got past Eastleigh and AFC Wimbledon to reach this stage, showed early on how they had frustrated City as they got plenty of men behind the ball and were never too ambitious going forward.

The Clarets had chances to force a change of mindset as Jordan Barnett volleyed wide inside the opening 10 minutes and Tristan Jumea shot into the body of Cooper from a Dwight McNeil cross.

Striker Michael Fowler also dragged a shot wide and Barnett threatened with his pace from the left wing.

But the longer they stayed level, Arygle grew in confidence and centre-forward Klaidi Lolos wasn’t far away with a long-range effort which just went over the bar.

No doubt mindful of Plymouth’s reputation for resilience, the Clarets knew the importance of the opening goal and three minutes before the break it almost came in spectacular style.

Jumeau won the ball to feed McNeil and from fully 35 yards dangerman McNeil let fly with a dipping left-footer was set to drop under the bar before Cooper made a superb finger-tip save.

A minute into the second half McNeil tried his luck again and wasn’t far off target with another well-struck effort that flew just over the top.

And as the Clarets continued to press, former Liverpool youngster Marley Blair curled an effort wide minutes after coming off the bench to make his Burnley debut.

Plymouth were always in the tie, though, and gave Cadamarteri’s side a scare mid-way through the second half when the influential Cameron Sangster – whose League One debut came as a substitute just before Christmas – worked a short corner and teed up Elliott Crawford who shot just wide.

At the other end the Clarets were getting closer, the lively Blair and McNeil again forcing Cooper into saves before it was Fowler’s turn to be frustrated by the Pilgrims’ keeper, one of the stars of his side’s shoot-out win over City.

But it was getting edgy with the prospect of extra-time looming as Plymouth sensed they could get grab a late winner, Luke Jephcott stabbing the ball just wide from a Craske cross with five minutes to go.

That chance wasn’t taken but two minutes into four minutes of stoppage time Plymouth did strike to book their place in the last 16 and claim another scalp, Craske racing clear to calmly slot home with his side’s only effort on target and leave the young Clarets crestfallen.

Burnley: Bruce, Clarke, Wilson, Younger, Mpofu (George 90), Moss, Jumeau (Blair 58), Yari, McNeil, Barnett, Fowler (Cropper 85). Substitutes: Allen, Kershaw.

Plymouth Argyle: Cooper, Purrington, Law, Sangster, Downing, Crawford, Craske, Peck, Lolos, Garside (Ward 67), Jephcott. Substitutes: Hodges, Childs, Ward, Goulty, Burn.

Referee: Thomas Kirk

Attendance: 410

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