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Reaction: Mellon Delight

15-year-old striker Michael Mellon grabbed Clarets’ equaliser on debut

27 July 2019

Michael Mellon, son of former Clarets midfielder Micky, proved a chip off the old block as Burnley shared the honours with Turkish side Altinordu in the group B clash of the CEE Cup last night (Friday).

The striker started the match up-front alongside Mitch George and was one of three 15-year-olds in Tony Philliskirk’s side starting line-up.

And the teenager made it a debut to remember, rising highest in the box to equalise and earn Burnley a share of the spoils in their second game.

The former Manchester United forward said: “It feels so good, especially with it being my debut for the U18s and to score just makes it extra special.

"I’m just really happy to get off the mark on my first game for youth team, but the occasion makes it a little bit more special.”

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As, again, the temperatures nudged beyond 30 degrees with two drinks-breaks, Philliskirk’s side had to battle on through the sweltering heat to earn their first point of the cup competition.

“It’s very tough, but you just have to keep focused and fight your way through it for the team," explained Mellon, whose dad spent two seasons at Turf Moor spanning the Millennium.

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Mellon is an U16 at the club, after joining from United, and had not yet played or trained with the youth team before the trip to Prague.

However, the 15-year old is enjoying every minute of the experience and is looking to take his knowledge from this week into the future with him.

Mellon said: “It’s been a really good experience so far; I have really enjoyed the trip with all the boys.

“I have learned a lot and I will look to take that into the upcoming season.”

U18 head coach Philliskirk admitted the youngster looked down and out at the interval, but was equally adamant he wanted to carry on.

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And just a few minutes into the second half, Mellon took his chance, crashing crashed a header into the top corner to bring the Clarets back into the game.

Philliskirk said: “At half-time he was blowing and I said to him, are you okay?

"It was red hot and you could see it in his face, but fair play to him; he could have said I’m really tired and want to come off.

"But he said I want to give it another 10 minutes, then he got his goal!

"It was amazing to see, all the lads celebrating and Michael running over to the corner to celebrate.

"I was a striker myself and getting a goal does so much for your confidence.

"He is absolutely beaming from ear to ear and he won the man of the match jersey, so I am over the moon for him.”

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Philliskirk also praised the non-playing members of the squad, who were showing their support in and around the dressing room before and during the match.

He said: "I would just like to say a big mention to the lads that didn't play, who were absolutely brilliant from start to finish.

"They were encouraging and supporting all the boys who were playing and showed a great team spirit throughout the evening. It was great to see."

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