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Burnley U23s 2 Ipswich T U23s 0

Goals from Dan Agyei and Olatunde Bayode gives Clarets first win in league

21 August 2017

The Clarets recorded their first win in the U23 Professional Development League thanks to goals from Dan Agyei and substitute Olatunde Bayode.

Agyei struck with 27 minutes gone with a smart finish on the turn before Bayode (above) finally made the game safe for Michael Duff’s men when he fired home three minutes from the end.

Clarets’ coach Duff said: “It was a positive game for us. They were quite young but you can only beat what is in front of you.

“The first 45 minutes in particular we moved the ball really well and created numerous opportunities.

“We could have been out of sight but they grew into it and it got a little bit squeaky at times.”

The Clarets gave a first outing in a Burnley shirt to recent signing Adam Legzdins with the former Birmingham City goalkeeper comfortably keeping a clean sheet.

Dan Agyei put the Clarets in front

Tom Anderson, Freddie Ulvestad and Agyei were also handed run-outs and the Clarets made their experience count against a youthful Ipswich side, which had won their opening game against Crewe Alexandra.

“All four of the lads who dropped down from the first team showed the mentality and culture of the club,” Duff added.

“They just come in, get on with it, do the right things, no egos or ‘I’m too good to play in this,’ which is a great example for our lads looking up and I thought they were particularly good."

Burnley had been beaten at Crystal Palace in their first taste of life at this level but got up-and-running with a performance that should have yielded more goals.

Dwight McNeil, again stepping up from youth-team duty, fired just wide early on before Agyei was denied by Town keeper Harry Wright.

Ulvestad was next to go close with the Norwegian midfielder testing Wright with a fierce strike following a corner.

Freddie Ulvestad twice went close for the Clarets

Wright was called into action again two minutes after the break when beating away a free-kick from Rahis Nabi.

And Ulvestad then clipped another effort against the foot of a post from Tinashe Chakwana’s pull-back.

But the Clarets were guilty of not killing the game off and allowing Ipswich back into the contest.

Legzdins was never seriously tested but Armundo Dabro did see a shot blocked and James Blanchfield was unable to provide a finish to the visitors’ best chance of the game with five minutes to go.

And any prospect Ipswich had of snatching a point did eventually disappear when Bayode deservedly made it 2-0.

Nabi created the opportunity with a tidy ball into the penalty area which Bayode finished in style as he buried a right-footed shot to open the Clarets’ account.

Burnley: Legzdins, Birch, Wilson, Anderson, Younger, Ulvestad, Nabi, Chakwana, McNeil (Bayiode 65), Metz (Limb 60), Agyei. Stone, Flowers, Thomas.

Ipswich: Wright, Rowan, Clements, Hyam (Henry 68), Marshall, McGavin, Dabro, Ndaba, Lancaster (Vega 72), Blanchfield, Cahill (Barley 68).


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