Tony Philliskirk’s side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Watford’s training ground this morning (Saturday) in the U18 Professional Development League.
U16 striker Michael Mellon gave the Clarets the lead just after hour mark, before two quick-fire Watford goals gave the hosts the advantage.
And the home side had a third in stoppage time, after countering on Burnley’s late attacking pressure.
The visitors started well and could have taken the lead just 15 minutes into the first-half, as Mellon cushioned a lovely ball into the feet of Mitch George, who picked out Rhys Fenlon out wide, to cross for Mellon at the back post, as the striker was a whisker away from breaking the dead-lock.
Shortly after, Fenlon came close as he went for goal from distance, however the Hornets’ keeper had it covered.
With the scores level at the break, it was Burnley that came out raring to go and nearly took the lead through George, although the forward was flagged for offside.
But the away side got took their deserved lead moments later through a lovely move, as Fenlon broke down the right, before whipping in a fine cross for Mellon to turn home to open the scoring.
Michael Mellon celebrates the opener
Watford looked to claw themselves back into the match, as Harry Allen pulled of a terrific save to keep the Clarets in-front with 20 minutes to go.
But two goals in the space of seven minutes from the hosts, gave the southern division league leaders the lead with 10 minutes left of the
And as the Clarets were awarded a corner in stoppage time, goalkeeper Allen went up to help snatch a late equaliser, but it was Watford who rubbed salt in the wounds.
As three strikers in yellow and black shirts broke on an empty goal, before slotting home a third of the afternoon to put the game out of reach.
BURNLEY: Allen, Patterson, Rooney, Pruti, Rain, Fenlon, Moonan (Conley 75), Woods, Conn-Clarke, George, Mellon.
Unused: Thomas, Armstrong, Carson.