Burnley Under 19’s fought back to register a 4-2 victory over Everton at Finch Farm this afternoon.
Youth Team striker Josh Dolling scored a brace in the game, with Josh Ginnelly and Aiden O’Neill both chipping in with solitary strikes.
The Clarets under 19’s side was a mix of first year professionals and youth team players, with defender Arlen Birch returning to his former employers after a summer move to Turf Moor.
It was Everton who were fastest out of the traps at Finch Farm, as the Toffees scored twice in the opening 20 minutes.
The deadlock was broken in the 10th minute, as Shaun Hobson inadvertently sent the ball past teammate Tony Aghayere following a right-wing cross.
Things got worse for the Clarets 11 minutes later as the Toffees extended their advantage.
An inch-perfect cross into the box from Everton’s wide man was exquisitely volleyed into the top left corner and Michael Jolley’s side faced an uphill struggle to get back into the game.
Testament to the Clarets fighting spirit however, the side battled back and instantly got their reward as they reduced the arrears just 60 seconds after conceding.
Attackers Dolling and Ginnelly both chased down a stray ball forward, forcing Everton’s defender to pass straight to the latter who neatly tucked in Burnley’s first of the afternoon.
Dolling then linked up well with Jamie Frost, playing a neat one-two with his strike partner, before Frost forced a great save out of Everton’s goalkeeper who expertly tipped wide.
The Clarets began to exert their dominance and they deservedly grabbed their equaliser 10 minutes before the break when Birch’s ball forward found the persistent Dolling, who coolly slotted into the top right corner.
The turnaround was complete two minutes after half-time as the Clarets took the lead for the first team in the game with a stunning 25-yard strike following a well-worked corner routine.
Ginnelly’s low corner from the right was dummied by former Arsenal midfielder Renny Smith, allowing O’Neill a shot at goal, which fiercely flew into the roof of the net.
The victory was sealed on 68 minutes when Ginnelly and Dolling combined again to get the sides fourth.
Ginnelly showed great composure in the final third before picking out the intelligent run of Dolling.
The former Trafford loanee delicately slotted under the on-rushing goalkeeper to give the away side an unassailable lead going into the final quarter of the game.
The hosts did have a couple of efforts from the edge of the box going into the dying stages of the friendly, but the Clarets’ defence stood strong to see out the turnaround on a wet and windy afternoon in Merseyside.
Burnley: Aghayere; Bianga, Birch, Hobson, Nugent; Ginnelly (Howarth 71), Smith, O’Neill, Wilson; Dolling (Wood 71), Frost (Chakwana 71)