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U23's Ruin Rooney's Salford Debut

Development squad held to a 0-0 draw with a strong Salford City side.

27 July 2018

Burnley’s Development Squad held a strong Salford City side to a goalless draw, with visiting striker Adam Rooney having a penalty saved on his debut.

A trialist keeper kept out a second half spot kick from Rooney, who joined City last week in a well-publicised move from Burnley's Europa league opponents, Aberdeen.

The Clarets came close early on through Teddy Perkins, the towering centre-back glanced a header just over from a corner.

Burnley then had another chance as Marley Blair raced forward before seeing his effort saved from close range.

Salford’s first chance came from a free-kick, which was met at the back post by Carl Piergianni, however the former Stockport County man couldn’t guide his header on goal as it fizzed narrowly wide.

After a goalless first half, City were awarded a penalty just minutes after the restart for a foul in the box from a corner.

New recruit Rooney stepped up to take the spot kick, only to be denied by the trialist stopper, who superbly palmed his effort away.

Thr hosts then came close to breaking the deadlock shortly after, as Ntumba Massanka’s point-blank header was stopped on the line.

City then came close to snatching victory as Rooney’s close range strike was saved by the trialist ‘keeper, before seeing his second effort brilliantly headed off the line by Perkins.

BURNLEY: Trialist, Cropper, Younger, Perkins, Koiki, N’Guessan, Benson, Goodridge, Blair, Harker, Massanka.

Subs; Bayode, Cook, Trialist, Chakwana, Stone, Wilson, Glennon.

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