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Pepper delighted with Clarets' cup showing

Academy manager praises squad after Czech cup run ended with final defeat

26 July 2017

Academy boss Jon Pepper paid tribute to the Clarets’ youth team after they went down fighting in the final of the Generali Cee Cup in Prague.

Burnley’s first visit to the tournament saw Danny Cadamarteri’s under-18s go all the way to the final where they lost 3-1 to Everton.

Substitute Michael Fowler’s goal – the first conceded in the competition by Everton – promised to set up a successful fightback.

But even though those hope were dashed by Tom Warren’s second goal of the night for the Toffees, Pepper was delighted with the Clarets' efforts in the competition, which saw Adam Bruce (above) named goalkeeper of the tournament.

Pepper said: “I’m very proud of every player and all our staff in representing the club to the highest of standards.

“We conducted ourselves in line with a Premier League club and the organisers commented on the professionalism of Burnley FC.

“It has been a great experience for everyone that will be invaluable to their careers in the future.

“Many thanks to UpTheClarets (website) for their continued financial support for the Academy and this trip in particular.”

Second-year scholar Bruce, 17, picked up his award after playing a massive role in helping the Clarets reach the final.

He kept a clean against Sparta Prague in Burnley’s opening group game and then made a crucial save in the Clarets’ semi-final penalty shoot-out win.

And, according to goalkeeping coach Craig Mawson, the award was a fitting reward for the keeper’s effort in battling back from recent long-term injury.

“It’s a magnificent achievement to be named goalkeeper of the tournament,” added Pepper.

 Picture courtesy of Svatopluk Samler

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