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Bradford Dev Squad 1 Burnley Dev Squad 4

20 October 2015

A stunning second half display from the Development Squad saw off Bradford City 4-1 in the Final Third Development League.


All five goals came in the second half, as Jamie Frost and Khius Metz (2) scored either side of a Bradford own goal.


The win put the Clarets on four points from two games, with the Development Squad due to play their final game against Morecambe next month.


Defender Kevin Long completed another 90 minutes as he nears his comeback from a knee injury last January.


But it was the hosts who had the first effort of the match just eight minutes in. A defensive slip by the Clarets set up the Bradford forward, who blazed his effort way over.


Conor Mitchell’s long kick forward then found Ntumba Massanka, and the forward linked up with strike partner Frost, who chipped back to Massanka for a shot that was well blocked.


Josh Ginnelly’s curling strike was then deflected inches wide, before Mitchell was forced into action once more.


A long range strike looked destined for the bottom left corner, but the Northern Ireland youngster clawed the strike wide.


On the stroke of half time the Clarets had the chance of the half. Ginnelly found Frost just outside of the area and the striker went for the top left corner, but was a whisker too high.


But finally, on the hour mark, the Clarets finally broke the deadlock!


Long played a ball down the left flank to Massanka, and the striker did brilliantly to get goal-side, before squaring to Frost at the far post for a simple tap-in.


And just 10 minutes later Burnley doubled their advantage with a little bit of luck. Ginnelly’s corner from the left to the near post was headed against his own team-mate, and the ball ricocheted into the back of the net.


Metz scored the Clarets’ third with just 10 minutes to play. Brandon Wilson’s defensive clearance found the pacey striker and he burst past Bradford’s back four, before slotting into the bottom left.


But there was still time for two more goals and a Bradford consolation. A deep ball from the left was met by a thunderous volley at the far post past Mitchell to make it 3-1.


And in stoppage time Metz grabbed his second! Frost was the orchestrator once more, playing in the striker for another clinical finish.


Burnley: Mitchell; Hewitt, Long, Whitmore (Wilson 56), Birch; Jackson, Smith (Metz 70), O’Neill, Ginnelly; Frost, Massanka

Subs: Aghayere



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