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Youths Stage Stunning Fightback In Wigan Win

8 December 2016

Burnley Youths staged a stunning comeback to edge a seven-goal thriller at Wigan.

The U18s trailed 2-0 early in the game at Christopher Park before Tinashe Chakwana pulled one back in the first half.

Olatunde Bayode then equalised before goals from Tommy Wood and Tyler Shrimpton (pictured, above) put the Clarets 4-2 up.

The Clarets then had to survive a nervy last five minutes when Wigan bagged their third, however Michael Duff's side held on to secure all three points.

It was the home side who got the ball rolling early on, when Cotter's cross found Callum Lang, who slotted in from close range with a slight deflection from Oliver Younger.

Wigan were dominating the opening stages and when Lang squared the ball to an unmarked Jamie Cotter he rifled it past Connor King and doubled their lead.

The Clarets then had their first real chance of the game - and took it - when Chakwana latched onto to King's long ball upfield and the striker slotted past Theo Roberts.

Tinashe Chakwana

The hosts came close to a third though when Nathan Randell tried a chipped effort from 30 yards after King came out of his area, however the attacker’s strike skimmed the bar.

The visitors, however, came out on the front foot in the second half and got what they deserved when Bayode found space and struck the ball from just outside the area which found the top corner to level things up.

Burnley then took the lead for the first time when Dwight McNeil fired off the crossbar from 25 yards and Tommy Wood smashed the resulting header past Roberts.

Tommy Wood

Neat play and attacking football from the Clarets soon resulted in another goal and it was substitute Shrimpton who got it this time, as he slotted into the bottom corner after receiving a pass from Wood.

Wigan were not backing down though and grabbed a third when a mix up in the Clarets defence resulted in Luke Geldhart shooting at King, taking a little deflection off Scott Wilson to find the back of the net.

BURNLEY: King, Clarke, Wilson, Younger (Egan 90+4), Koiki, McNeil, Howarth, Fenton (Shrimpton 66), Bayode (Pingling 75), Chakwana (Jumeau 66), Wood.
Subs not used- Wusiewicz.

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