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U21 Report: Wolves 0-1 Burnley

7 September 2015

Dan Agyei scored his third goal in as many games in a well-worked 1-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The former Wimbldeon striker’s stunning 54th minute header saw the Development Squad clinch a second consecutive victory at Telford United’s New Bucks Head Stadium.

In a first half of few chances, it was the Clarets who had the first effort on goal.  Ntumba Massanka’s good hold-up play made space for Renny Smith to drive forward, but his shot was comfortably gathered.

Massanka, who was a constant threat all game to Wolves, held the ball up neatly again midway through the first half before setting up Jamie Frost - who found his volley superbly cleared for a corner.

Steven Hewitt’s resulting set piece was glanced inches over by stand-in left back Alex Whitmore.

But it was the hosts who came the closest in the first half with a thunderous 25-yard effort, which smacked out off the crossbar 10 minutes before the break.

And on the stroke of half time Wolves hit the woodwork for the second time, a low strike flew past Tony Aghayere, but the post came to Burnley’s rescue.

Moments after the restart Burnley nearly took the lead when a long throw-in into the box was cleared and Hewitt’s half volley was well saved at the second time of asking.

The Clarets finally broke the deadlock on 54 minites through Agyei. Whitmore’s out-swinging delivery to the edge of the box was superbly headed in by Agyei, who rose highest to power home a header from a good 15-yards out.

Summer arrivals Smith and Agyei linked-up well 20 minutes before time, before the midfielder’s lay-off to the goalscorer ended with a strike that arrowed agonisigly wide.

A chance late on for the hosts was the only real threat of danger when their tricky winger cut inside before seeing his goal-bound effort expertly blocked by Tom Anderson.

Burnley: Aghayere; Trialist, Anderson, Trialist, Whitmore; Hewitt, Wilson (O’Neill 40), Smith (Jackson 68), Frost; Massanka, Agyei

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