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Youths Pipped To Title

8 May 2017

Burnley U18s finished a strong season with a victory over Accrington Stanley that guaranteed them runners-up spot in the Youth Alliance.

The Clarets came into the final game knowing they would need to win and Blackpool would have to lose to stand a chance of taking the league title.

But despite securing a 3-2 win – a 10th in 12 games – the Seasiders matched Burnley’s victory to snatch the title.

Burnley got off to best possible start when Tyler Shrimpton, pictured above, poked home from close range following Dwight McNeil's corner.

Just six minutes later the young Clarets had their second when Olatunde Bayode was tripped over in the area and stepped up to slot home the penalty to double the advantage.


Olatunde Bayode

Michael Duff's side went in to the break with a 2-0 lead and came out wanting more when Tinashe Chakwana's effort was hit just wide of the goal.

However, Bayode did grab the home side's third when Chakwana slipped the winger in for a tap-in to put the game out of reach for Stanley.

Accrington were not leaving without a fight though and when a long ball was lifted in to the area, their towering centre forward smashed in from just inside the area for a late consolation.

And minutes later the away side struck again as an Accrington free-kick was blocked, only for the second effort to be volleyed into the bottom corner.

And despite last minute nerves, the Clarets held on to take all three points and finish off a successful first season under Duff’s guidance.

BURNLEY: King (Bruce 72) Egan, Younger, Wilson (Grogan 62) Mpofu, McNeil, Yari, Shrimpton, Bayode (Jumeau 67) Wood (Limb 67), Chakwana (Cropper 67)

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