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Jolley's Pride At Cup Final Victory

19 August 2016

Michael Jolley spoke of his pride after the Clarets Development squad won the Final Third Development League Cup final with victory over Stoke City.

The Clarets, with Liverpool loan signing Jon Flanagan appearing for the first time, won a thrilling final 2-1 with Tinashe Chakwana and Cameron Dummigan grabbing the goals in the second half.

Dummigan fires home the winner

And Jolley felt his players showed real character to defeat tough opponents on their own ground.

The Senior Professional Development Phase Coach said: “I’m really proud of everyone involved.

“I think the players were absolutely first class, against tough opponent here in Stoke City, on their home pitch.

“I was really impressed with how the players went about the task and we played how Burnley want to play; we pressed from our shape, we played good football when we had the ball, then we got our noses in front.

“We got pegged back as Stoke equalised, but we showed great character to kick on again and it was a great winning goal from Cameron."

The first chance of an absorbing final fell to the Potters, as attacker Julienn Ngoy fired off a shot just inside the box, forcing keeper Nick Pope to parry the ball out for a corner.

Jon Flanagan

And form the resulting corner, Thibaud Verlinden was denied by the post.

The first real chance for Burnley came in the 20th minute as Mark Howarth played a delightful pass out wide to Irish full back Daniel Lafferty.

Mark Howarth

The full back spotted striker Ntumba Massanka in the box and whipped in a great delivery that the striker headed was just wide of Daniel Bachmann's goal.

Minutes later Cameron Dummigan played a through ball to Aiden O'Neill, who followed up with a pass into the box to an unmarked Chakwana, which the youngster fired wide.

Aiden O'Neill

It was the Clarets who struck first in the second half, as Massanka intercepted a poor pass back from former Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Melina and laid ball off to Chakwana inside the box, to slot home past Bachmann.

Chakwana celebrates with Ntumba Massanka

However the Potters were not behind for long and made up for the earlier mistake as Verlinden found Ngoy lurking at the back post, who let it bounce then smashed it past Pope to level matters.

Burnley, though, responded immediately as Pope fired a long ball upfield which Dummigan latched onto, before turning Ryan Sweeney and taking it round Joel Taylor to fire home the winner and spark the celebrations.

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