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Ipswich U18s 4 Burnley U18s 4

Clarets stretch unbeaten run to three games in eight-goal thriller

4 September 2017

Burnley extended their unbeaten run to three games but missed out on the chance to go top of the table in an eight-goal thriller at Ipswich.

A game of mixed emotions saw the the Clarets race into a 3-0 lead with 30 minutes gone before two goals just before the break gave Town a lifeline. 
Ipswich then leveled after the break before a 77th-minute goal put the home side ahead.
But Clarets' defender Oliver Younger grabbed an equaliser as the Clarets fought back to extend their unbeaten run and collect the point which sees them sit third in the north group of the U18 Professional Development League.
Ipswich almost struck first as Jack Lankester's header rattled off the post before Clarets' keeper Adam Bruce cleared the danger.
Minutes later Burnley were in front, though, as a Lucas Vega' pass-back caught out Ipswich keeper Nick Hayes before trickling over the line into his own net.
Just before the half-hour mark Tristan Jumeau picked out Dwight McNeil (above) to poke the ball home and double the lead.
And shortly after it was 3-0 to Danny Cadamarteri's side as James Clarke followed up his own header from a corner, stabbing the ball home after he had hit the bar.
Former Clarets' striker Alan Lee, now the Ipswich Town youth coach, saw his side claw one back just before half-time through another own-goal as Kwazinkosi Mpofu inadvertently turned the ball home at the back post following Steven Cahill's cross.
Not long after, the home side pulled another back after Younger was ruled to have brought down Albert Wilton in the area with Wilton slamming home the spot-kick to make it 3-2.
The hosts then came out flying at the start of the second half and grabbed the equaliser with 20 minutes to go to set up a nervy finish.
And the Tractor Boys got their noses in front for the first time 10 minutres from the end when Brett McGavin slotted the ball past Bruce.
But Burnley dug deep to fight back and got a deserved equaliser when Younger tapped in from close range before putting a late chance over the top as Ipswich survived to claim their first point.
Burnley: Bruce, Clarke, Wilson, Younger, Mpofu (Egan 67) , Jumeau, Kershaw, Moss (Harris 80), Yari, McNeil, Fowler (Cropper 60). Subs: Wusiewicz, Thomas.

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