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Having played our last game a week earlier, Burnley had to sit and watch the final week of the U18 Professional Development League as Leeds United took the northern group title by winning their last game against previous leaders Bolton Wanderers.

1718 burnley adam bruce 00 500x500Bolton have looked almost certain winners for some time and went into the final week’s fixtures with a three point lead over Leeds and a superior goal difference. There seemed no real concerns for them eight days ago when Leeds beat Ipswich but that changed last Wednesday when they could only draw at Crewe which left them with just a one point lead and the two to play each other. And Leeds it was who won at Bolton to finish first and land a home tie in the play-offs.

Leeds and Bolton take the top two places while both Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest moved ahead of us in the final week. Both of them beat Birmingham with Wednesday going  goal crazy, scoring 15 times in their wins against Birmingham and Huddersfield.

When we travelled to Huddersfield in mid-January, we were both right up there at the top of the league, but Huddersfield’s season has disintegrated with just one point in their last 12 games as they prepare for life outside of this league with their drop to Category 4 and they ended their season yesterday by conceding ten goals against Wednesday.

In the south, the top two had been confirmed last week. Palace have won it with Charlton second and they both ended their league programmes with wins. Just 29 points separate top from bottom in the north group, but the total in the south is 49 points although that is due in no small part to Coventry ending the season with just ten points, their three wins during the season actually coming in consecutive games.

The play-offs will be played this week. South group winners Crystal Palace are at home to north group runners-up Bolton on Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning Leeds are at home against Charlton.

The player featured this week is goalkeeper Adam Bruce.

The Final League Tables are below but will be retained along with our Fixtures and Results within U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

The final results of the season and our goalscorers are followed by those league tables.

FINAL RESULTS

Tuesday 17th April
Birmingham 1 Sheffield Wednesday 5
Cardiff 3 Barnsley 0
Leeds 3 Ipswich 0
Millwall 1 Hull 1
Watford 6 Colchester 1

Wednesday 18th April
Crewe 3 Bolton 3

Friday 20th April
Nottingham Forest 4 Birmingham 2

Saturday 21st April
Barnsley 1 Sheffield United 2
Bolton 0 Leeds 1
Ipswich 3 Huddersfield 1
Colchester 3 Charlton 6
Coventry 1 Cardiff 2
Crystal Palace 2 Millwall 1
Watford 1 QPR 2

Tuesday 24th April
Huddersfield 1 Sheffield Wednesday 10
QPR 5 Cardiff 1

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

10: Tristan Jumeau
9: Jordan Cropper
8: Michael Fowler
5: Kian Yari
4: Marley Blair, Craig Ellison
3: Jordan Barnett, James Clarke, Will Harris, Dwight McNeil
2: Mitchell George, Sam Layton, Dylon Meredith, Dan Moss, Bobby Thomas
1: Leighton Egan, Ethan Kershaw, Lewis King, Terry Mupariwa, Ne Jai Tucker, Oliver Younger, own goals

FINAL LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds United 30 19 3 8 72 39 60
Bolton Wanderers 30 17 7 6 84 53 58
Sheffield Wednesday 30 16 6 8 81 41 54
Nottingham Forest 30 15 6 9 75 54 51
Burnley 30 14 7 9 66 60 49
Birmingham City 30 13 7 10 72 63 46
Sheffield United 30 11 5 14 42 62 38
Hull City 30 11 5 14 57 78 38
Crewe Alexandra 30 10 7 13 62 58 37
Huddersfield Town 30 9 5 16 49 87 32
Barnsley 30 9 4 17 46 63 31
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 29 17 8 4 63 29 59
Charlton Athletic 29 17 4 8 77 55 55
Cardiff City 29 15 3 11 65 48 48
Watford 29 15 2 12 65 48 47
Millwall 29 14 5 10 66 57 47
Queens Park Rangers 29 13 2 14 65 74 41
Bristol City 29 9 4 16 44 54 31
Ipswich Town 29 7 6 16 42 72 27
Colchester United 29 7 1 21 47 92 22
Coventry City 29 3 1 25 29 82 10
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