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1718 burnley nashe chakwana 00 500x500Despite a late goal from Tinashe Chakwana, Burnley’s under-23 team fell to a 2-1 defeat against a more experienced Millwall team at The Den yesterday afternoon.

Burnley’s team was a mixture of under-23 players among four trialists including Bury’s Rob Harker who was making his second appearance for the Clarets. Four of the other starters in the line up have been eligible to play for our under-18 team.

Millwall, meanwhile, included some experienced players. David Martin, with over 331 Football League appearances to his name, was in goal and in front of him was former Burnley captain Jason Shackell who is fast approaching 450 career league appearances. He’s currently on loan at Millwall but has been left frustrated by their excellent form and is still to make his first start at first team level. They also included former Blackburn player Ryan Tunnicliffe and Aiden O’Brien in their team.

And it was the experience that won the day. We fell behind just past the half hour to a goal from Fred Onyedinma with Tunnicliffe doubling Millwall’s advantage soon after.

Despite coming close on a number of occasions, it was just a couple of minutes from the end when we pulled one back from Chakwana (pictured) and we now move on to Sheffield Wednesday for our final game of the season in three days time.

The teams were;

Millwall: David Martin, Dan McNamara, Harry Toffolo, Ben Thompson, Jason Shackell, Christian Mbulu, David Ajiboye, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Kristopher Twardek, Fred Onyedinma, Aiden O’Brien. Subs: Jethro Hanson, Ryan Sandford, Junior Tiensia, Lex Allan, Jesse Debrah.

Burnley: Conor Mitchell, Jordan Cropper (Tunde Bayode 80), Oliver Younger, Scott Wilson, Ali Koiki, James Clarke, Josh Benson, Christian N’Guessan, Mace Goodridge, Tinashe Chakwana, Rob Harker (Ntumba Massanka 75). Subs not used: Aidan Stone, Teddy Perkins.

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