Bradford Dev Squad 3 Burnley Dev Squad 1
An experienced Bradford side overpowered the Burnley Development Squad, winning 3-1 in a friendly at Valley Parade.
Jason Gilchrist (pictured, above) claimed the Clarets’ only goal, equalising from the spot in the 54th minute, before the young Clarets finally succumbed to a Bantams’ side that included former Clarets striker Andy Gray.
Irish full back Cameron Dummigan and Kiwi midfielder Cameron Howieson, fresh from Tuesday night’s inclusion in the first team squad, featured in the starting line-up.
Meanwhile, the Bantams made most of their squad, naming all of the first-team players that weren’t selected in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Oldham.
The first chance of the game fell to their summer signing Caleb Folan in the 12th minute.
The striker drilled an effort at goal from the edge of the six-yard box but Dan Nizic saved comfortably.
Folan didn’t take long to make amends for his miss when the Republic of Ireland international out-jumped the Burnley defence and neatly nodded in the opener.
Burnley’s first chance fell to Christian Hill, who forced a good save out of Middlesbrough loanee Connor Ripley, but unfortunately the winger couldn’t find the target from the rebound.
Luke Gallagher was full of confidence following his 25-yard goal last week for the U21 squad.
And when the Republic of Ireland youngster tried his luck from a similar position after cutting inside, his effort was straight at Ripley.
Former Sheffield United and Watford winger Mark Yeates then teed-up a marvellous chance for Folan, who headed over from six-yards.
Bradford’s youngest player, Oliver McBurnie, 17, also had a golden chance to double the lead moments later after he found time in the area and opted to lob Nizic, only to see the effort loop onto the roof of the net.
It seemed like an ongoing battle between Nizic and Folan when the striker yet again tested the Australian at his near post moments into the second half.
But the Clarets’ equaliser finally came from the penalty spot after Gilchrist rounded the goalkeeper and was brought down by Ripley’s trailing leg.
The striker dusted himself down and slotted home to level the scores.
Bradford regained the lead in the 65th minute when the ball fell nicely to Jack Stockdill, whose strike rocketed into the bottom left corner past the hapless Nizic.
Clarets’ Development Squad coach Simon Weatherstone made three changes in the 68th minute, and substitute Bradley Jackson came close to nicking an equaliser close to time, forcing Ripley into a full-stretch save with an angled effort.
However, Raffaele De Vite settled the encounter in the 89th minute with a crisp strike from outside the box.
Burnley: Nizic (Mitchell 80), Dummigan, Errington (Whitmore 68), Coleman, Conlan (Brownhill 68), Gallagher, Howieson, Daly (Lowe 45), Hill (Jackson 68), Frost, Gilchrist.
Bradford: Ripley, Oliver, Taylor, McHugh, De Vita, Yeates, Kennedy, Stockdill, Gray, Folan (Brennan (72), McBurnie (King 45).
Report by Ed Aspinall