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Report: Burnley U21 4-1 Newcastle United

24 March 2015

A young Clarets Development Squad overpowered Newcastle as they came from behind to beat the Magpies 4-1 at Gawthorpe.

The visitors opened the scoring before Ntumba Massanka scored in each half, either side of Jamie Frost and Kevin Ly efforts.

With the majority of the first team squad training in Spain, Senior Professional Development Phase Coach Michael Jolley fielded a mixture of Youth and Development Squad players against a similarly-aged side coached by Peter Beardsley.

And United took the lead in the eighth minute, with a United striker finding the far corner with a wonderful strike across Daniel Nizic that cannoned in off the post.

Ten minutes later the Clarets were almost level. Luke Conlan burst forward from left back before finding Massanka in the centre, but the striker was caught in two minds to either head or volley and the chance slipped away.

However, the Clarets did get back on level terms midway through the first half.

Captain Steven Hewitt produced a wonderful diagonal ball to Waqas Azam, whose fine touch created space to deliver a ball to Massanka.

The striker this time miskicked, but luckily the chance was kept alive when Frost’s shot bounced out to Massanka, who gleefully tapped into the open goal.

And two minutes later Burnley were ahead.

Makeshift winger Ly found himself behind the back four with space and the Australian composed himself before dinking a cross to the far post, where Frost clinically buried in the Clarets second in as many minutes.

Frost and Ly then linked up again to complete a whirlwind five minutes for the hosts. Brandon Wilson’s stunning long-range ball found fellow Australian teammate Ly, who played a one-two with Frost and the winger found the far corner with aplomb.

The Clarets went into half time with a two-goal lead and were thankful to Nizic, as he made several top-drawer saves, including one moments before half time, tipping a shot destined for the back of the net onto the crossbar for a corner.

From the restart, however, the Clarets continued on the front foot. Nizic’s kick forward was misjudged by a Magpie defender and Massanka latched on the end of the loose ball before arrowing his strike into the bottom corner. 

From that point the hosts were in total control and the youngsters pressed and played football reminiscent of the first team to complete and impressive 4-1 victory.

Burnley: Nizic; Azam, Whitmore, Hobson, Conlan (El-Fitouri 46); Jackson, Wilson (Bianga 80), Hewitt, Ly (O’Neill 65); Frost, Massanka

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