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Clarets' final hopes dashed by last-minute Wigan winner

3 April 2018

The Clarets’ hopes of trophy success in the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup were dashed by a last-minute Wigan winner.

The Clarets had looked to have taken the tie to penalties after second half substitute Dylan Meredith’s deflected free-kick cancelled out Will McGuffie’s strike.

But there was a sting in the tale in the dying seconds as Charlie Jolley tapped home from a counter attack to ensure the Latics’ spot in the final.

The away side started brightly and came close twice; Jolley lifting the ball over the on-rushing Adam Bruce only to see it roll just wide. A second effort by the striker was then cleared off the line by Scott Wilson minutes later.

Burnley’s best chance of the first half came when Marley Blair did well to beat three men, before firing straight at Wigan stopper Jordan Perrin.

But it was the visitors who took the lead just before the break, when a corner was whipped in and bounced around the area, before McGuffie looked to have the final touch.

The Clarets came out pushing for their equaliser and came close from several corners.

And eight minutes from time the pressure paid off when Meredith’s swinging free-kick from 25 yards took a deflection on the way past Perrin.

But just as the game was heading to a penalty shoot-out, Wigan countered and Mwiya Malumo squared to Jolley in the box who slotted home.

Bruce, Cropper, Clarke, Wilson, Rain, Blair, Kershaw (Layton 62), Yari (Fowler 58), Moss, Jumeau (Meredith 74), Ellison.
Subs unused; Harris, O’Shaughnessy.

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