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Young Clarets Defeat Touring Chinese Team

7 December 2016

Michael Jolley's U23 side saw off touring Chinese side Hangzhou Greentown in a 2-1 victory at Barnfield.

Second half goals from Khius Metz and Jamie Thomas put the Clarets 2-0 up, before a late consolation goal from the visitors ensured a nervy last 10 minutes.

It was the visitors who had the first chance when a Hangzhou striker found space outside the area before firing at Conor Mitchell in the Burnley goal.

Jolley's side then had their first chance when Brad Jackson rifled an effort just past the post 20 yards out.

However, the best chance of the first half came when Jackson beat his man on the right before crossing for Thomas, who floated into the area and smashed a shot off the post and out wide.

The home side finally did break the deadlock just a few minutes into the second half as Metz broke through the Greentown defence before slotting home.

Seconds later it looked as if the Clarets had doubled their lead when U18 winger Tristan Jumeau teed up Jackson outside the box, who forced a smart save from the keeper.

The Clarets did grab their second when Thomas stepped up and smashed in a penalty after Kwazinkosi Mpofu was brought down in the area.

Hangzhou refused to lie down though and when the pacy Chinese striker picked up the ball in the box after a mix-up in the Burnley defence, he finished smartly from close range.

BURNLEY: Mitchell, Birch, Dunne, Olomewewe, Mpofu, Shrimpton, Jackson, Thomas , Jumeau (Egan 83), Yao, Metz (Pingling 72)
Sub not used: King.

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