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Burnley U18s 3 Bolton Wanderers U18s 2

Michael Fowler hat-trick sends Clarets through to quarter-finals.

25 September 2018

Michael Fowler secured a hat-trick in Burnley's 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers in the Lancashire Youth Cup.

The Clarets were again led by assistant coach John Townson due to Danny Cadamarteri's absence this afternoon (Tuesday), in the five-goal thriller at the Barnfield Training Centre.

Burnley took the lead with 35 minutes played, as Fowler slotted home from close range for his first of the afternoon.

The striker got his second just four minutes later, however, Wanderers pulled one back just before the break from the spot.

And the visitors equalised just ten minutes into the second-half through Callum King-Hornes.

However, the hosts had the last say, as Fowler’s 85th minute strike put the Clarets through to the quarter-final.

The visitors started brightly and came close early on, as Dermalio Sterling broke forward, before forcing Kai Calderbank-Park into a smart save.

Fowler came close to breaking the dead-lock shortly after, as Ethan Kershaw slipped a nice through ball into the forward’s feet, before seeing an effort fizz just wide of the post.

Burnley did take the lead moments later though, as Fowler took advantage of Adam Senior’s error at the back, before coolly finishing past Matthew Alexander in the Bolton goal.

Minutes later Fowler added a second, as Richard Taylor dinked a wonderful ball over the top to the striker, who then curled the ball delightfully round Alexander.

However, the away side pulled one back just before the break, as Udoka Chima was penalised for giving away a foul in the area.

Ronan Dorcy stepped up and slotted home from the spot with just a minute to go before half-time.

And the Wanderers had their equaliser early in the second-half, as King-Hornes curled the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.

The Clarets began to then pile the pressure onto the visitors as the clock ticked on and got their deserved winner with five minutes to go.

Udoka Chima played an excellent long ball over to Fowler, who then stroked the ball home into the corner past a stranded Alexander.

Burnley's victory put them through to the quarter-final of the Lancashire Youth Cup.

BURNLEY: Calderbank-Park, Chima, Pruti, Taylor, Rain (Patterson HT), Yari, Kershaw, Mupariwa, Smith (O'Neil 80), George (Fenlon 70), Fowler.

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