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Burnley have made a good start in the U18 Premier League, beating Stoke City this lunchtime 3-1 in what is our first ever game in this league.

Defender Rooney (pictured) opened the scoring seven minutes before half time with a header following a free kick and then, virtually on half time, added a second, this time a header from a corner.

Things got even better in the second half when Joe McGlynn added a third with a good finish before the hour and the only disappointment was seeing Stoke pull one back through Tom Sparrow with just over ten minutes remaining.

But, without any doubt, this was a good start to the season for Tony Philliskirk’s team which started the game with seven second year and four first year scholars.

The teams were;

Stoke: Paul Cooper, Thomas Nixon, Jamie Melbourne, Tom Sparrow, David Okagbue (Julius Ndene 65), Henry Nash, Jack Griffiths, Ryan Malbon (George Lewis 57), Jai Verma, Emre Tezgel (Justin Iwobi 65), Sam Knowles. Subs not used: Kevin Fernandes, Conor Robson.

Burnley: Sam Waller, Joel Connolly, Jake Rooney, Dan Sassi (Joe Smyth-Ferguson 77), Finlay Armstrong, Dylan Moonan, Will Hugill, Ben Woods, Joe McGlynn (Corey Brennan 68), Kade Ratchford, Sam Unwin (Michael Mellon 67). Subs not used: Matthew Carson, George Walters.

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