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U21 Report: Burnley 1-4 Carlisle United

22 March 2016

A young Development Squad fell to a 4-1 defeat to an experienced Carlisle United side at the Barnfield Training Centre this afternoon.

The Clarets had six players featuring in the side that are still eligible for the Youth Team, including Khius Metz who has been offered new terms to stay at Turf Moor.

Dan Agyei scored Burnley’s solitary goal in the training match, as he continues his return to full fitness after an injury setback.

And the former AFC Wimbledon forward opened the scoring after 12 minutes.

Jamie Frost’s long ball forward found Jason Gilchrist and his flick-on was inch-perfect for strike partner Agyei, who cut inside before unleashing a drive that found the bottom corner from 20-yards.

And the forwards combined again three minutes later. Gilchrist’s vision found Agyei at the edge of the box, who turned his man before seeing his strike skim the crossbar.

First Year scholar Tinashe Chakwana played the full 90 minutes, and the winger almost made an instant impact in his first Development Squad start.

Taofiq Olomowewe’s ball found the winger on the left touchline and Chakwana ran at goal before seeing his curling effort creep just wide of the post.

The visitors responded well and went close when Angelo Balanta headed Alexander McQueen’s cross just wide.

On 23 minutes, The Cumbrians were level when Martin Smith’s delivery wasn’t cleared and Luis Pedro was on hand to finish after Derek Asamoah had seen an effort blocked.

And the League Two side were ahead on 31 minutes. Bastien Hery picked the ball up around 25 yards from goal and fired a wonderful effort past the keeper.

The Clarets had the chance to bring the game level at 2-2 after Gilchrist’s through ball found Aiden O’Neill, but he saw his effort saved superbly by Dan Hanford.

The second-half belonged to the visitors and in front of on watching manager Keith Curle, they extended their advantage with 20 minutes to go.

Hery’s corner was flicked on by Steven Rigg at the front post and Troy Archibald-Henville’s volley left Burnley’s trialist keeper with no chance.

Clarets’ skipper O’Neill was denied again by Hanford after good work from Ntumba Massanka but with nine minutes to play, Pedro was on the scoresheet again.

He curled an effort into the top corner from around 20 yards to condemn the Clarets to defeat.

Burnley: Trialist; Grogan, Birch, Olomowewe, Frost (Howarth 75); Massanka, O’Neill, Yao, Chakwana; Agyei (Metz 63), Gilchrist

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