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U21 Report: Everton 0-4 Burnley

15 September 2015

Joey Barton was on target with a penalty for the Clarets in a 4-0 Development Squad victory at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground.

The visitors took a commanding lead into the break, with Ntumba Massanka also scoring a brace and  Cameron Dummigan completing the rout.

In a slow opening half hour, it was the Clarets who has the opening chance.

Brandon Wilson saw his 10th minute strike deflected and it took a smart reaction save from Everton’s goalkeeper to keep the game scoreless.

The hosts then thought they had taken the lead midway through the first half, but a ball over the back four was correctly deemed offside.

And it was the Clarets who struck first just after the half hour mark, when Massanka gathered a loose ball and wonderfully found the top right corner with a lethal strike from 25-yards.

Ntumba Massanka

Two-minutes later the Clarets were awarded a penalty after Barton was felled in the area.

And the midfielder, on his second outing as he steps up his fitness, stepped up to coolly slot in the second and his first in Burnley colours.

Five minutes before the break it was three as Massanka scored his second, meeting a dangerous inswinging ball from Steven Hewitt with a superb diving header.

And Burnley still managed to squeeze a fourth goal in before half time, this time as defender Dummigan surged forward before, from nowhere, curling a 25-yard effort into the top right corner.

Cameron Dummigan

The second half was then all about possession, as the Clarets dealt comfortably with any response Everton could muster.

Hewitt’s volley on the hour mark proved to be the Clarets final strike of the game. The midfielder saw his bobbling strike deflected and well handled by the overworked Toffees goalkeeper.

Burnley’s goalkeeper Danijel Nizic, meanwhile, had little to do all game, but had to be alert to a chance 20 minutes from time from another deflected shot that caused panic.

This time the shot from a tight angle ricocheted off Dummigan, but Nizic clawed away the chance to confirm the clean sheet. 

Burnley: Nizic; Trialist, Whitmore, Hendire, Dummigan; Smith, Wilson (Frost 59), Barton, Hewitt; Massanka (Jackson 59), Agyei

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