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Clarets Cup Report: Burnley 0 Blackburn Rovers 2

Rovers edge Clarets in U17s Lancashire derby

17 September 2019

Burnley fell to their first defeat in the Clarets Cup this afternoon, after losing 2-0 to Blackburn Rovers at the Barnfield Training Centre.

Two goals in three second half minutes from the visitors ensured Rovers went away with all three points in the Lancashire derby.

The Clarets started bright and came close early on when Michael Mellon, who scored the U18s' only goal on the weekend against Watford, fired an effort just wide of the post.

It was a very even first-half, with neither side with any real clear-cut opportunities, on a sunny afternoon at the Clarets HQ.

Early on in the second half, Malakai McKenzie, who was partnering Mellon up-front, fired straight at the Rovers goalkeeper from close range, after connecting with Finlay Armstrong’s low cross.

The away side then had a chance, as the Blackburn forward fired on goal, only for Burnley defender Matty Carson to block the effort excellently just inside the area.

But just 10 minutes after the hour mark, Rovers broke the deadlock, as a cross fell into the path of a Blackburn attacker to turn home from a few yards out.

And just a couple of minutes later, the visitors had a second, after the unfortunate Joe Conley found the back of his own net from a Rovers attack.

Despite Burnley’s best efforts at clawing themselves back into the match, Blackburn did well to keep John Townson’s side at bay and take all three points.

Burnley’s next match in the Clarets Cup is on Tuesday 8th October at the Barnfield Training Centre against Huddersfield Town.

Thomas, Connolly, Conley, Carson, Armstrong, Unwin, Moonan, Woods, Behan, Mellon, McKenzie.

Subs: Eastmond, Hamilton, Bridges, Etaluku.


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