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1718 burnley oliver younger 00 500x500Having won the first three games of the season, the youth team were beaten 5-3 at Watford last week which saw us drop from 1st to 3rd in the northern group of the U18 Professional Development League.

Our opponents Ipswich have also made a good start to the season and their record is virtually the same as ours. They too have won three and lost one, they’ve also, like us, scored eight goals, but they have conceded two goals less than us.

Ipswich were beaten by Leeds in their second game of the season but they’ve beaten Nottingham Forest, Hull and Barnsley.

The fixture between the two sides last season was played at Ipswich and looked to be going  Burnley’s way and then Ipswich’s before ending in a draw. It was our fourth game in this league and we’d won the previous two against Cardiff and Millwall.

We went in front through an own goal in the third minute and just after the half hour we looked to be on our way to a big win when goals from Dwight McNeil and James Clarke took the score to 3-0. It looked to be an odds on win at this point but they benefited from an own goal and then pulled back a second just before the break from the penalty spot.

In what had been a quiet second half, they equalised on 68 minutes and then, incredibly, went in front with just 15 minutes remaining. But we were quickly level through Oliver Younger (pictured) and that ended the scoring in a remarkable 4-4 draw.

Having all gone out on loan, Burnley will be without captain and leading goalscorer Michael Fowler, Will Harris and Ethan Kershaw tomorrow for the game which kicks off at Gawthorpe at 11 a.m.

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