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Bristol City U23s 3 Burnley U23s 1

A Diego De Girolamo hat-trick sends Dev Squad to defeat at Ashton Gate

29 August 2017

Burnley U23s suffered a second defeat in the Professional Development League as Robins’ striker Diego De Girolamo bagged a hat-trick at Ashton Gate.

A strong home side also included former Wolves full-back Scott Golbourne, ex-Bristol Rovers attacker Matty Taylor and defender Zak Vyner, recently involved with the first team, as they looked for a first win of the season.

De Girolamo gave City an early lead before Jamie Thomas – the only one of the Clarets’ Development Squad with senior experience from a loan spell in Scotland - equalised minutes later.

But another De Girolamo goal just before half time and a third just before the end from the former Sheffield United youngster consigned Michael Duff’s side to a second away defeat.

City got off to a dream start when Taylor squared the ball to an unmarked Diego De Girolamo, who stroked the ball home to give the hoststhe lead.


Tinashe Chakwana battles for possession

However, the Clarets were not behind for long as Olatunde Bayode worked terrifically to keep the ball alive before finding Tinashe Chakwana, who darted forward and teed up Thomas, who coolly struck the ball past an advancing Max O'Leary.

City were enjoying a lot of the ball and came close when De Girolamo had what looked the simple task of slotting the ball into an empty goal just before the 20-minute mark.

However, an excellent block in front of goal from Ali Koiki denied the former Italy U20 international his second of the game.

Bristol did take the lead again though minutes later, as George Nurse found De Girolamo lurking in the box to tap in past Aidan Stone.

Duff's men did come close to equalising shortly after as Harry Flowers rose highest from a Rahis Nabi free-kick but could not guide his effort on target.


Harry Flowers makes an aerial challenge

City went in search of a third goal and it nearly came when Taylor advanced forward before having his close-range effort blocked by Flowers.

But the hosts did get another to wrap up victory just before the end as the impressive De Girolamo slammed the ball in to the top corner to complete his treble and secure all three points.

Burnley: Stone, Birch, Flowers, Wilson, Koiki, McNeil (Wood 63), Nabi, N'Guessan (Howarth 57), Bayode (Younger 77), Thomas, Chakwana.


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