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Youth Cup: Burnley 3 Cardiff 1

20 January 2015

The youth team progressed through to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup with a fine 3-1 win against Cardiff City at Turf Moor.

The Clarets earned a visit to Nottingham Forest through Brandon Wilson’s first half strike and second half goals from Jamie Frost and Bradley Jackson either side of Jamie Veale’s late free kick, which gave the visitors brief hope.

The first chance of the game fell to the hosts in the ninth minute, in a half the hosts dominated.

Khius Metz showed his lightning pace to beat the back four, but the forward couldn’t steer his shot towards goal.

Ntumba Massanka was a handful all night and the leggy striker flicked-on a direct ball onto Andreas Bianga, who narrowly fired over from a tight angle.

The Clarets continued to press as Metz knocked the ball past Rollin Manayere before producing a timid effort straight at Cardiff’s stopper Joe Massaro from the edge of the box.

Moments after Cardiff’s first shot of the game flew over the crossbar on the half hour mark, Massanka was again in the action with a curling effort that, this time, didn’t test Massaro as it whistled over the bar.

But the Clarets finally broke the deadlock three minutes from the break.

The ball fell to Brandon Wilson at the edge of the box and after shifting the ball out of his feet, the Australian midfielder rifled home the opener.

Jackson nearly doubled the advantage with two golden chances moments before half time, both efforts being fantastically clawed to safety by Massaro.

After making two changes at the break, Cardiff grew into the game and Elvis Menayese came close to levelling 25 minutes from time, curling his shot just wide of Tony Aghayere’s post.

But Burnley made a change of their own in the 66th minute, with Massanka making way for Jamie Frost, who instantly sprang into action.

First the winger produced a wonderful first-time ball into the mixer that Metz headed wide, then he grabbed the all-important second 17 minutes from time, slotting home at the far post after a wonderful solo run and cross from the impressive Jackson.

Cardiff caused late flutters for the final eight minutes after substitute Veale bent in a fantastic free-kick from 20-yards.

But three minutes from time Jackson ended any fears of a Cardiff comeback, breaking forward before neatly sending Massaro the wrong way to cap a wonderful night for the youngsters.

Burnley: Aghayere; El-Fitouri (Dixon 86), Hobson, Azam, Nugent; Jackson, Bianga, Wilson, Hill; Massanka (Frost 66), Metz.
Subs: King, Dolling, Crawford.

Cardiff: Massaro, Rees, Baker, Patten, R. Menayese, Williams, Watkins (Phipps 46), Yonwa-Toonga (So Sani 75), E. Menayese, Taylor (Veale 46), Noor.
Subs: Coughlan, Coxe.

Attendance: 282

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