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Kick off 12:00 (UK)

18 November 2017 Venue Nottingham Forest Football Academy Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest U18
2 - 3
Burnley U18

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Youths Stun Leaders

20 November 2017

The Clarets secured back-to-back league wins after a stunning 3-2 victory away to Nottingham Forest.

First half goals from Dwight McNeil, Trialist and Bobby Thomas gave Burnley a 3-0 lead over the league leaders at the break.

Forest made it a nervy ending, pulling towo goals back in the second half.

But despite the visitors going down to 10 men after a Jordan Barnett red card with 25 minutes to go, Danny Cadermarteri’s side held on for all three points.

Cadamarteri said: “We have come here and shown great mentality, especially in the first half.

“We knew it was going to be a really tough game because they have some great players here and it’s a good academy that develops good players, but we are absolutely delighted with that.

“More so the first half, for obvious reasons. The second half was a bit of a scrap but we rose to that challenge.”

Burnley started the game brightly and took the lead early on when McNeil drilled an effort from 25 yards out into the bottom corner.

Forest came close to equalising when Keith Asare cut inside before curling an effort just wide of Adam Bruce’s goal.

But just before the break, Burnley had a second as Jordan Barnett whipped in a fine ball for the trialist striker, who headed home past George Shelvey in the Forest goal.

And deep into first half stoppage time Cadermarteri’s men had a third as Thomas rose high at the back post and headed in from close range.

As expected, the home side came out fighting and came close through attacking duo Asare and Arvin Appiah; recently called up by England U17 level.

As the clock reached 65 minutes, Barnett was shown a second yellow card after his challenge on keeper Shelvey, despite his best efforts on going for the ball.

With 15 minutes to go, Forest were awarded a dubious penalty that Brennan Johnson stepped up to score and pull one back for the hosts.

And shortly after, the home side had another as a free-kick deflected off Bobby Thomas before rolling into the back of the net to set up a nervy end.

However, the Clarets stood firm and managed the last 10 minutes very well to ensure they went home with all three points.

BURNLEY: Bruce, Cropper, Thomas, Trialist, Rain, Barnett, Kershaw, Moss, Jumeau (Yari 85), McNeil, Trialist (Mupariwa 85).

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