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Our under-18s remain top of their cup group having secured a point from a 2-2 draw at Arsenal yesterday to add to the win against Everton in September.

Twice we had to come from behind to earn this point; Arsenal having gone in front firstly from a penalty and then from an own goal.

Charlie Casper had made some good early saves but we’d more than got into the game when Arsenal were awarded a dubious penalty which gave them the opportunity to go in front just a few minutes before half time.

Just four minutes into the second half we drew level with a Will Hugill shot from the edge of the area but it was Arsenal who regained the lead with just over twenty minutes remaining when a ball deflected in off Dan Sassi.

We pushed hard for a deserved equaliser and got it three minutes from time when two substitutes combined, Ryan Tioffo crossing for Tremaine Eastmond (pictured) to score.

It ended 2-2. Both us and Arsenal have four points in the group, Everton have three and West Ham, our final opponents, are without a point.

Coach Tony Philliskirk said after the game: “I’m so proud of this team and the spirit shown by the lads today. They are the dream group to work with.”

The Burnley team was: Charlie Casper, Keelan Williams, Jack Leckie, Dan Sassi, Dane McCullough, Jacson Coppack (Sean Etaluku 76), Will Couch, Will Hugill, Joe Bauress, Kade Ratchford (Tremaine Eastmond 76), Joe Smyth-Ferguson (Ryan Tioffo 69). Subs not used: Nathan James, George Walters.

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