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1718 burnley youth team 04 1000x500Burnley’s youth team can leave the Czech Republic with their heads held high. Having won both our group games and then shown a lot of clubs how to take penalties in a semi-final shoot out, we fell at the final hurdle, losing 3-1 against a very good Everton side tonight which saw the Toffees crowned 2017 winners.

The young Clarets were fighting a losing battle, or so it seemed, when we conceded two goals in two minutes to leave us 2-0 down with only 18 minutes on the clock, and this against a team who had won both of their previous games 6-0.

We hung on and, in the second half in particular, started to play some good football, knowing we could be right back in it with a goal. That goal came on 74 minutes when Michael Fowler scored his third goal of the tournament, scoring from close range after a Dwight McNeil free kick had been knocked down to him.

But our hopes were ended three minutes later when Everton scored their third and despite a real go towards the end we couldn’t add to the scoreline and had to settle for being the runners up although goalkeeper Adam Bruce, a player who missed most of last season with a bad injury, was recognised as the goalkeeper of the tournament.

Up the Clarets have been proud to sponsor Burnley in this tournament and our players should be very proud in the way they have represented our club. Last season, it became an enjoyable experience again watching the youth team, and I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to see them this coming season in the U18 Professional Development League.

A big well done to every one of them – they really have done Burnley Football Club proud in the last week.

Tonight’s teams were;

Burnley: Adam Bruce, Leighton Egan, Oliver Younger, Scott Wilson, Kwasinkosi Mpofu, Tristan Jumeau (Ethan Kershaw 56), Oscar Woods (Kian Yari 69), Akim Samms (Richard Taylor 84), Dylon Meredith (Michael Fowler ht), Terry Mupariwa, Jordan Cropper (Dwight McNeil ht). Subs not used: Marcel Wusiewicz, Sam Layton, Dan Moss, Will Harris, Bobby Thomas.

Everton: Nico Hansen-Defreitas, Nathan Moore, Con Ouzonidis, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Pawel Zuk (Jordan Corke 65), Thomas Scully, Sid Kerr, Tom Warren (Joe Anderson 90), Ellis Simms (Barney McKeown 89), Anthony Gordon. Subs not used: Joseph Hilton, Elliot Richards.

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