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Youths Fall To Cup Defeat

12 September 2016

Burnley’s Youth Team fell to a first defeat of the season away at Doncaster in the Youth Alliance Cup.

Michael Duff’s youngsters had started the season with two wins and two draws in the Youth Alliance League games, adding in a victory over Accrington Stanley in the first group game of the EFL YA Northern Cup.

However, in the second group game, Rovers edged out the Clarets 1-0 to mean their last group game against Scunthorpe United, at the end of October, will determine their fate.

It was Burnley who dominated the opening stages of the game, as Tommy Wood played and Leighton Egan combined to tee up U16 player Ethan Kershaw, who saw his effort go inches over the bar.

Leighton Egan

Minutes later Tristan Jumeau came close to breaking the deadlock as he picked up the ball 30 yards out before rifling a shot just wide of Louis Jones' goal.

It was then Scott Wilson's turn to get in on the action as he latched onto Tyler Shrimpton's inswinging free kick, only to be denied by a fine save.

Tyler Shrimpton

The Clarets were well on top towards the break and Kwazinkosi Mpofu almost put the visitors ahead with a direct free-kick that was expertly tipped over by Jones in the Doncaster goal.

And despite Burnley's dominant first half, Doncaster took the lead early in the second half as Rovers defender Callum Robinson smashed the ball upfield and the James Morris slotted home.

The Clarets side looked to reply not long after and Wood took the ball from Robinson's feet 20 yards out before pulling off a shot which rolled past the post.

And the best chance of salvaging a point came when Mpofu whipped in a cross which found Jumeau at the front post, who was flagged offside as he slotted home.

BURNLEY: King, Clarke, Wilson, Younger, Mpofu, Jumeau, Shrimpton, Kershaw, Egan (Meredith 68) Wood, Pingling (McNeil 68)
Unused subs: Wusiewicz, Edwards.

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