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Youth Beaten By Burnley

23 February 2015

Under-18s: Shrewsbury Town 2-5 Burnley

  • Four first-half Burnley goals do the damage
  • Town pull two back through Hassall and Jones
  • Under-18s will go again against Accrington next
Shrewsbury Town were beaten by Burnley in the Football League Youth Alliance - North West league on Saturday.

Town's Under-18s did score twice through substitute George Hassall and Ethan Jones, but two goals for each of the Clarets' Bradley Jackson and Ntumba Massanka, and one for Kaius Metz, gave the visitors all three points at Shrewsbury Sports Village.


Head of academy coaching Ian Dawes made three changes to the side which won 2-0 at Oldham Athletic the week before.

Harry Lewis returned from a long injury spell and started in goal at the expense of Shaun Rowley, while Nathan Millis and Sam Hughes came in for Ben Burton and Callum Grogan.


Town made the better start at Shrewsbury Sports Village and Niall Flint tried his luck from long range in the 16th minute, but the ball flew over the crossbar.

Striker Kaiman Anderson then burst down the inside left seven minutes later and fired towards goal - but hit the near side netting.

And the young Shrews then fell behind in the 25th minute as Jackson fired the visitors in front from close range.

Burnley then scored again two minutes later as Jackson got into the inside left position inside the penalty area and lofted the ball into the top right corner.

It could easily have become three for the Clarets just past the half-hour mark but Lewis pulled off a fantastic double save to deny Wilson.

However, the visitors did get their third in the 34th minute through striker Massanka.

Town nearly pulled a goal back three minutes before half-time but Tom King's fierce drive from the left was tipped around the far post well by Burnley goalkeeper Connor King.

And the Claret pinched a fourth a minute before the break as Massanka tapped the ball into an empty net from Jackson's run and pullback.

HALF-TIME: Shrewsbury Town 0-4 Burnley

Shrews made two substitutes at the break as they looked for an improved performance in the second half, with Hassall and Jack Butts coming on for Sam Hughes and Jordan Wilson.

And Hassall got Town on the scoresheet just seven minutes after his introduction as he found the top left corner with a high shot from outside the penalty area on the right hand side.

Two minutes later, at the other end, Burnley were denied by Lewis' left-hand post following a fierce, low free-kick from Brandon Wilson.

Town striker Anderson was then denied one on one by goalkeeper King in the 66th minute after being picked out by Jones.

Burnley were also denied by the post for a second and third time with just over ten minutes left, first from substitute Kaius Metz and then from fellow substitute Tinashe Chakwana.

The Clarets did grab a fifth with three minutes of normal time left, though, with a low finish from Metz.

There was then a consolation goal for Town in the 89th minute as Jones tapped into an empty net from close range, but it was a disappointing day for Dawes' side.

FULL-TIME: Shrewsbury Town 2-5 Burnley

SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP: Harry Lewis (GK); Nathan Sheron, Nathan Millis, Alex Fletcher, Sam Hughes (Jack Butts - 45), Niall Flint, Ryan Hickman (c), Ethan Jones, Kaiman Anderson, Jordan Wilson (George Hassall - 45), Tom King

SUBS: Shaun Rowley (GK), Joe Kenton

GOALS: Hassall (53), Jones (89)

BOOKED: Fletcher (69)

BURNLEY LINE-UP: Connor King (GK); Haman El-Fitouri (Kaius Metz - 68), Christian Hill, Andreas Bianga, Shaun Hobson, Vashiko Dixon, Jamal Cranford (Billy Grogan - 68), Brandon Wilson, Ntumba Massanka, Josh Dolling (Tinashe Chakwana - 68), Bradley Jackson

SUBS: Harcelle Wusiewicz

GOALS: Jackson (25, 27), Massanka (34, 45), Metz (87)

REFEREE: Mr J Maskrey
ASSISTANTS: Mr B Howting and Mr D Wycherly

PICTURES: Photo gallery HERE

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