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Long On Target In Development Squad Victory

19 August 2015

Striker Chris Long scored on his debut for the club in a 2-0 victory for the Development Squad against Rochdale.

The summer arrival from Everton played an hour in his step up to fitness in the friendly at Gawthorpe on Wednesday afternoon.

Fellow striker Ntumba Massanka scored the other Clarets’ goal, with both of them confidently rounding the Rochdale goalkeeper.

Five signings, including Long, started the match, where Burnley produced a solid, well-organised performance.

The Clarets started with an unnamed trialist in goal, behind a back four of Luke O’Neill, Tom Anderson, who was an unused substitute at Ipswich Town the previous evening, Alex Whitmore and former Manchester United youngster Luke Hendrie.

Josh Ginnelly also made his first appearance for the club since joining from Shrewsbury Town, playing the full 90 minutes on the wing alongside Renny Smith in a midfield completed by Aiden O’Neill and Nathan Lowe.

Both Long and Development Squad striker Dan Agyei played 60 minutes in attack.

And it was Long who opened the scoring ten minutes form the break. The former Toffees striker pounced on a defensive slip before rounding the goalkeeper and effortlessly slotting home.

The first half was a game of cat and mouse, with Burnley comfortably dealing with any pressure thrown at them and Rochdale failing to register a shot on target.

But the second half belonged to Burnley, with the midfield linking up well with the forwards and amassing ten testing strikes in the half, before Massanka finally sealed the victory with another show of composure.

The striker latched onto a smart through ball from midfield in the 75th minute and glided past the substitute goalkeeper, again making no mistake by tapping into the empty net.

Burnley: Trialist; L. O’Neill, Anderson, Whitmore, Hendrie; A. O’Neill, Lowe (Jackson 61), Smith (Hewitt 61), Ginnelly (Trialist 61); Long (Frost 61), Agyei (Massanka 61)
Unused: Nizic

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