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23 September 2017 Venue The Barnfield Training Centre Attendance

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Burnley U18
3 - 1
Sheffield Wednesday U18

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Clarets Aim To Clip Owls' Wings

Under-18s boss Danny Cadamarteri faces former

22 September 2017

Danny Cadamarteri faces his former club as the Clarets’ youth team takes on northern group opposition for the first time in the Professional Development League on Saturday.

Burnley are at home to Sheffield Wednesday (kick-off 11am) following a reversal in the fixtures.

And that will pit the Clarets’ under-18 coach against the side he led last season, when the Owls reached the national play-offs of the competition.

Wednesday are unbeaten this season, to sit one spot below second-placed Burnley in the northern section.

And Cadamarteri’s side has not lost since the opening day, having completed their first bout of fixtures against sides from the southern group – who they face just once over the course of the campaign.

“We’ve done and dusted our trips down south for now and put our mark on the southern section, so that’s great, and we’re just delighted to have kept a little bit of a run going,” said Cadamarteri.

The Clarets are again without second-years Olly Younger and Dwight McNeil, who are likely to be involved with the under-23s at Hull City next Monday night, as well as Leighton Egan and Scott Wilson.

Burnley from: Bruce, Clarke, Cropper, Fowler, Harris, Jumeau, Kershaw, Kozi, Meredith, Moss, Mupariwa, Samms, Taylor, Thomas, Yari, Wusiewicz.

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Match Reports

Burnley U18s 3 Sheffield Wednesday U18s 1

Jordan Cropper hat-trick takes Clarets joint top

24 September 2017

Burnley's U18s extended their unbeaten run to six games after coming from a goal behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday thanks to a quick-fire hat-trick from Jordan Cropper.

A Wednesday side managed last year by Danny Cadamarteri took the lead with just nine minutes gone as they looked to extend their undefeated start to the campaign.

But Cropper’s treble before the break ensured all three points for Cadamarteri’s current side as the young Clarets joined Nottingham Forest at the top of the northern section of the Professional Development League.

The away side took the lead early on after a neat move was finished off in the area, with a sweet strike into the bottom corner.

But Cropper  (above) quickly got the Clarets level as he opened his account after chasing down a long ball and showing the strength to win possession before coolly slotting home.

Minutes later the Clarets took the lead, Kian Yari dinking  a nice ball into the area for Cropper, who turned the ball home with a bicycle-kick to make it 2-1.

And shortly before the break, the striker completed a 17-minute hat-trick after finding space in the penalty area to fire home.

The Owls looked to hit back after the break but were denied by an excellent save from Adam Bruce, who preserved the Clarets’ two-goal lead.

Burnley looked to have got a fourth and another for Cropper when he rose highest and headed home at the front post but the effort was ruled out for a foul on the Wednesday keeper.

But despite the visitors best effort’s to pull a goal back, Burnley looked very comfortable in protecting their advantage and saw the game out well to wrap up a fifth win in seven games.

Burnley: Bruce, Moss, Clarke (Fowler 61), Thomas, Mpofu, Kershaw, Yari, Jumeau, Meredith (Samms 75), Mupariwa, Cropper. Substitutes: Wusiewicz, Harris, Taylor.

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