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Dev Squad Report: Burnley 2-2 Manchester United

17 October 2014

The Clarets Development Squad drew 2-2 against a Manchester United XI on Friday afternoon at Gawthorpe.

Burnley led twice in the game, which saw Ntumba Massanka score the opener and fellow striker Jason Gilchrist get back to scoring ways.

United looked the better of the two sides in the first half, enjoying the lion’s share of the possession and creating several chances to take the lead.

Will, twin brother of Michael Keane, should have been on the scoresheet with several efforts going amiss, with his main opportunity coming in the 41st minute, when the 21-year-old lashed his strike over the bar.

Hosts’ manager Michael Jolley was forced to make an early change when defender Alex Whitmore limped off after just half an hour and Australian Callum Richardson took his place.

And Burnley’s only chances in the first half came through winger Jamie Frost, whose shots from the edge of the box couldn’t beat Sam Johnstone between the sticks.

However, the Clarets youngsters flew out of the blocks after the restart and Massanka scored the opener on the hour mark.

The striker pounced on a neat lay-off from Gilchrist and slotted in from 10-yards against his former side.

United equalised eight minutes later when Burnley failed to clear and winger James Weir chipped the equaliser into the top corner.

But it took the Clarets just one minute to restore the lead when Gilchrist capitalised on a poor back-pass and made no mistake , converting against United who he scored a splendid hat-trick against in 2012.

The scoring didn’t finish there, though. Tom Thorpe, who has featured for the Reds’ first-team, nodded the equaliser with 12 minutes to play from a corner from the right after a huge deflection.

Following a couple of late scares, the referee drew the game to close as Jolley’s men now focus on  their next game against Wrexham on Tuesday.

Burnley: Nizic, Daly, Whitmore (Richardson 28), Conlan, Nugent, Howieson, Frost, Hewitt, Hill (Lowe 52), Massanka, Gilchrist (O’Neill 72).

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