Burnley u21 Dev Squad vs Oldham Athletic
The Development Squad suffered a second consecutive defeat today (Tuesday) with a 1-0 loss to Oldham Athletic.
A goalless first saw both team’s defences cancelling each other out. Freddie Yao was the stand-out player for Burnley as he was involved in every move that the Clarets created.
The best chance of the first half fell to Dwight McNeil following a free kick from Jamie Thomas.
The ball was initially cleared only as far as Arlen Birch, who found McNeil unmarked just inside the box.
However, the winger couldn’t quite keep his volley down as it fired over the bar.
As the first half went on, the game became more dominated by the Burnley midfield.
The Clarets dominated possession but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.
A scrappy first 45 minutes ended with a yellow card being given to Jimmy Dunne for an off the ball incident after a free kick was given.
Oldham scored the only goal three minutes after the restart through Dylan King, following a corner kick poorly defended by Burnley, where King was at the back post to head the ball low under the keeper.
Burnley then came under pressure as the Latics pushed for a second. The Clarets keeper, Connor King, was to thank after a superbly hit volley which was arrowing to the top right corner, but the last man fully stretched and managed to tip it round the post.
King was again the saviour for Burnley as he again managed to keep out a driven shot which was heading for the bottom corner.
Mike Jolley’s late substitution nearly paid off as on Birch cut in on his right foot, whipped in an inch perfect ball into the box where Olatunde Bayode rose highest and headed the ball inches past the far post.
Burnley came close again late on as yet another substitute nearly scored an equaliser as a good passing move found Pingling in space, but he sliced his shot wide of the near post.
Burnley: King, Younger (Clarke), Olomowewe, Dunne, Koiki, Yao, Birch, Jackson (Leitch), McNeil (Bayode), Thomas, Chakwana (Pingling)
Unused Subs: Wusiewicz, Layton