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1718 burnley youth team 2 1000x500Burnley’s youth team arrived in the Czech Republic yesterday afternoon in readiness for a first ever appearance in the Generali CEE Cup and this morning have played host club and defending champions AC Sparta Praha.

We’ve opened up with a 1-0, courtesy of a 75th minute goal from Michael Fowler who slotted the ball home past the keeper, and it was Fowler, a first year scholar this coming season, who came closest for us in the first half, only to see his effort tipped onto the bar.

Adam Bruce, who was down with an injury for a while in the second half, also played his part with a couple of good saves, one particular in the second half with a superb block when it looked as though we were going to fall behind. Bruce has been nominated as man of the match.

Ahead of the trip, sponsored by the Up the Clarets Youth Foundation, new coach Danny Cadamarteri said: “I think overall it will be good for me to see the lads in a different environment, seeing them away from the training ground and out of their comfort zone a little bit.

“When we get away, we’ll have competitive fixtures and something to play for, so we can see how they adapt in a different environment and a different culture, and as the new coach, it will be good for me as well.”

Burnley will be in action again tomorrow morning at the same time when we play our second group game against Prostars FC from Toronto.

The team today was: Adam Bruce, Leighton Egan, Oliver Younger, Scott Wilson, Kwasinkosi Mpofu, Tristan Jumeau, Sam Layton, Kian Yari, Dwight McNeil, Terry Mupariwa, Michael Fowler. Subs: Marcel Wusiewicz, Jordan Cropper, Dylon Meredith, Richard Taylor, Ethan Kershaw, Dan Moss, Will Harris, Akim Samms, Bobby Thomas, Oscar Woods.

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