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Clarets win shoot-out to clinch final place

Under-18s beat Altinordu 4-1 on spot-kicks to reach the final of the Generali Cee Cup

24 July 2017

The Clarets will face either Everton or Sarajevo in the final of the Generali Cee Cup after holding their nerve to win a penalty shoot-out in their last-four clash.

After a 1-1 draw against Turkish side Altinordu in Prague, Danny Cadamarteri’s side successfully converted all four of their spot-kicks through Dylon Allan-Meredith, Jordan Cropper, Terry Mupariwa and Kawzinkosi Mpofu (above) to go through to Wednesday’s final.

Having won both of their group games to reach the semi-finals, the Clarets again took the initiative and an early lead when Oliver Younger headed a free-kick across goal for striker Michael Fowler to tap in his second goal of the tournament.

The advantage lasted until the 68th-minute when Altinordu also scored from a set-piece to level the scores.

Berkay Gormez curled in a fine long-range effort to leave the sides dead-locked and facing a shoot-out after 90 minutes.

And it was the Clarets who rose to the challenge, boasting a 100 per cent record from the spot as only Altinordu’s opening effort was converted.

Adam Bruce made one excellent save to keep out the Turks’ second attempt, leaving left-back Mpofu to score the fourth and decisive penalty and seal Burnley’s place in the final of the under-19 competition.

Burnley: Bruce, Egan, Mpofu, Yari, Wilson, Younger, Jumeau, Layton, McNeil, Woods, Fowler. Substitutes: Wusiewicz, Cropper, Allan-Meredith, Taylor, Kershaw, Moss, Samms, Thomas, Mupariwa.

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