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Two goals in three minutes from Joe Smyth-Ferguson ensured victory for our under-18s this afternoon against Newcastle United at Leyland.

We had been beaten 2-1 at Newcastle in November and as we looked to reverse that we were doing so on the back of the shock defeat in the FA Youth Cup two days ago. And for this afternoon’s game it was a very much changed team from the one that went out of the club with Tony Philliskirk making eleven changes.

The team included under-19 goalkeeper Harry Allen behind an outfield of nine first year scholars and Joe Bauress, an under 15 player who a year ago, despite being an under-14, was called into an England under-15 training camp.

In a quiet first half it was the young Clarets who broke the deadlock when Smyth-Ferguson, whose previous goal was the winner in the 1-0 win at Everton in December, headed home a Jacob Hamilton cross. Three minutes on and the same player was there to get is second, turning in the ball from close range.

Both sides had opportunities in what proved to be a long second half that was extended by eleven minutes following an injury to Hamilton who, after some time receiving treatment on the pitch was stretchered off with Will Hugill replacing him.

We got through those extra minutes comfortably to win 2-0 and record our eighth victory of the season.

The Burnley team was: Harry Allen, Jacson Coppack. Jack Leckie (Keelan Williams 88), Benn Ward, Dane McCullough, Jacob Hamilton (Will Hugill 77), Will Couch, Joe Bauress, George Walters (Tremaine Eastmond 63), Ruairi Behan, Joe Smyth-Ferguson. Sub not used: Sam Waller.

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