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1718 burnley youth team 2 1000x500Burnley have reached the final of the Generali CEE Cup this morning, beating Turkish side Altinordu FK 3-1 on penalties after the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

It was Burnley who went in front as early as the 10th minute when Michael Fowler, who had scored the goal in our first group game, scored from close range following a free kick which was headed back across goal by captain Oliver Younger.

It was only in the closing stages of the first half that Altinordu offered much response and they increased that threat in the second half. Despite that, we defended well and rarely looked as if we’d concede until they equalised directly from a free kick with a good finish with 24 minutes remaining.

But we came back strongly and might have snatched a winner late in the day. It wasn’t to be so the place in the final had to be decided with a penalty shot out.

There was some confusion. When they failed to score their third penalty, and with us having scored all three, it was a surprise when Kwasinkosi Mpofu stepped up to take a fourth with us leading 3-0. A bad camera angle had wrongly suggested they had failed with their first. It didn’t matter; Mpofu coolly slotted home to give us a 4-1 win.

We are in the final this Wednesday with Everton or FK Sarajevo our opponents.

A big well done to our lads who have done so well to reach the final.

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

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