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Development Squad Report: Burnley 3-2 Oldham

28 April 2015

The Development Squad staged a late comeback from two goals down to beat Oldham Athletic 3-2 at Gawthorpe.

Three goals in the final 15 minutes won it for Michael Jolley’s young side, who had trailed to the Latics going into the latter stages.

However, Nathan Lowe’s wonderful long-range strike and a Ntumba Massanka brace turned the friendly on its head.

The Clarets thought they had a big shout for a penalty early on, but the cries were answered with a free-kick awarded inches outside the box and resulted in a free-kick smashed into the wall by Cameron Howieson.

Halfway through the first half Oldham almost took the lead when a neat interchange between the forwards created a great one-on-one chance. However, Conor Mitchell was quick out of the traps to close down chance and saved well with his legs.

Minutes later Mitchell was once again called upon. Oldham appeals for a Tom Anderson hand ball were waved away before the ball broke to an Oldham forward, who forced a fine save from Mitchell with his legs low to his right.

However, the opener finally came 10 minutes before the break. Good play down the right flank by the visitors ended in a first time ball to the far post, where a volley finally beat Mitchell, who had no chance.

The Clarets had to battle against treacherous winds in the first half, but the wind nearly came to Burnley’s favour after the restart.

Jamie Frost’s long-range effort took off and bounced just in front of the Oldham goalkeeper, who spilled the testing strike before making amends and gathering.

And the Clarets had a glorious chance to put the game back on level terms on the hour mark.

A long ball forward which carried on the wind was well anticipated by Frost, who then produced a great cross for Massanka, whose goalbound shot was fantastically tipped onto the crossbar.

Howieson was through on goal moments later, but another great save denied the young Kiwi.

After enjoying large chunks of the game in Oldham’s half, the Latics countered and were awarded with a harsh penalty.

Mitchell was forced to come out and gather ahead of the advancing Oldham forward, but Mitchell was adjudged to have clipped his opponent and the resulting penalty was slotted away.

Burnley got themselves back into the game with 15 minutes remaining when Lowe’s sublime strike from 30-yards nestled into the top corner to set up an exciting finale.

And with just four minutes remaining and Burnley still trailing, the Clarets probably thought Massanka’s 86th minute equaliser earned a deserving draw.

The forward weaved in and out of the Oldham defence before producing a left footed curling strike, low into the goalkeeper’s bottom right.

However, there was to be more drama as the Clarets completed the dramatic turnaround with the last kick of the game.

Howieson capitalised on a defensive slip and found himself through on goal with Massanka adjacent to him. And the Kiwi unselfishly squared the ball for Massanka to tap the winner into an empty net.

Burnley: Mitchell; Daly, Anderson, Whitmore, Hill; Jackson (Wilson 63), Howieson, Hewitt, Lowe; Frost, Massanka
Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan.


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