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Burnley’s youth team might not be involved in the end of season play-offs for the top two teams but we’ve certainly ended the season in style, following up the 4-1 midweek win of Hull with a 6-0 beating of Bristol City yesterday.

1718 burnley ethan kershaw 00 500x500There were a choice of matches yesterday with the under-16s playing a Leicester Thai XI, but it was sun glasses time at Gawthorpe for the under-18 game although this had everything to do with the visiting team’s kit rather than anything up in the sky. With us in our traditional home kit, Bristol City opted for a vivid purple shirt with matching socks and that with very bright green shorts. I think it could challenge the Coventry brown if contesting a worst ever kit.

They might have looked bright but it was definitely us who turned in the bright performance and, in truth, the result was never in doubt once we’d gone in front in the seventh minute. It was an absolute stunner from Ethan Kershaw (pictured) who hammered home from over 30-yards. I can confirm that no one got a touch on it and, although he might try to claim it, Harry Kane did not get a touch.

That lead was almost doubled a couple of minutes later with a repeat effort from Kershaw. This time it hammered against the bar.

The game settled down and it wasn’t until seven minutes before the break that we got our second and it was another goal for Michael Fowler. The striker from Sunderland has had a difficult time this season with a knee injury that required surgery, but he’s come back this week to grab two starts and this added to his hat trick in the Hull game.

We’d got just past the hour before the goals started to come in the second half. Substitute Kian Yari got the first of them before Fowler got his second 12 minutes from the end. It looked as though it might end 4-0 but Yari got his second and our fifth on 89 minutes with Jordan Cropper adding number six two minutes into stoppage time, hitting home from close range when Tristan Jumeau looked likely to score on his last appearance for the club.

Tristan was one of three playing in Burnley for a final time, alongside goalkeeper Connor King and Aussie midfielder Sam Layton and I’d like to wish the three of them all the very best in the future, hoping all three can win deals at other clubs.

The team was: Connor King, Jordan Cropper, Ed Cook, Scott Wilson, Matthew Rain, Tristan Jumeau, Ethan Kershaw, Sam Layton (Terry Mupariwa 81), Marley Blair (Kian Yari 30), Dylon Meredith (Dan Moss 65), Michael Fowler.

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