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Burnley’s under-23 side have been beaten 3-1 tonight against Bristol City at Ashton Gate in the Professional Development League with their Italian under-20 international Diego De Girolamo netting a hat trick.

1718 burnley jamie thomas 00 500x500We fell behind in only the fifth minute of the game to a De Girolamo goal when he finished off the bar after Matty Taylor had played him in following a ball into the box from Scott Golbourne.

But we weren’t behind for long, just six minutes. Olatunde Bayode did well to find Nashé Chakwana who squared the ball for Jamie Thomas (pictured) to slot home to give us our first away goal of the season.

City did look the most likely and, after a few close calls, it was De Girolamo again just past the half hour. He’d just seen one effort blocked but made no mistake with a left foot shot that Aidan Stone could do nothing about.

Almost immediately he set up what looked like a third for City but Opanin Edwards, who got the last touch, was ruled offside.

Burnley battled hard to get back into the game in the second half but City, with just over a minute of normal time remaining added a third with De Girolamo, previously with Sheffield United, volleyed home from the edge of the box.

Our next game in the league is a week on Monday when we travel to play Watford, but next Tuesday we are in Lancashire Senior Cup action with an away game against Preston.

The teams were;

Bristol City: Max O’Leary, Zak Vyner, Scott Golbourne, Tom Richards (Kel Akpobire 67), Tin Plavotic, Harvey Smith, Opanin Edwards, George Dowling, George Nurse (Ashley Harper 79), Matty Taylor (Morton 67), Diego De Girolamo.

Burnley: Aidan Stone, Arlen Birch, Harry Flowers, Scott Wilson, Ali Koiki, Olatunde Bayode (Oliver Younger 76), Rahis Nabi, Christian N’Guessan (Mark Howarth 57), Nashé Chakwana, Jamie Thomas, Dwight McNeil (Tommy Wood 63). Sub not used: Adam Bruce.

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