QPR were blown away in the wake of Storm Doris but Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team didn’t let it dampen their spirits as they braved the poor weather conditions to travel south to Queens Park Rangers for their Reserve League Fixture.
The players travelled on Thursday afternoon to enjoy the luxury of an overnight stay, before playing on Friday afternoon, a factor which may have influenced the way in which the Clarets approached the game.
Burnley flew out of the traps on this occasion, which could not have been said about their previous trip to London to face Chelsea. As the teams began to find their feet, it was clear that Burnley were starting to get on top. The Clarets moved the ball effectively, with Lewis Richmond pulling the strings in the middle of the pitch; and he was involved in the build-up of the opener, sliding in full back Ish Hylton to cross for Josh Ilesanmi to score the opener on 14 minutes.
Burnley continued to dominate, with much of the game being played inside the QPR half and a number of chances continued to fall for Clinton Agho, Martin Enoh and Connor Lucas. However, it was Ilesanmi who grabbed his second in the 20th minute following a clever knock down from commanding centre back Luke Tabone after Hylton had floated a corner to the back post.
It was the story of the game, with Tabone and centre back partner, Mason Brewer dominating both in the air and on the ground, often combining with Lewis Richmond and Bafude Djabi to begin Shadow Youth Team attacks.
It seemed only a matter of time before Burnley scored again, with Martin Enoh striking the post moments later following an indirect free kick and they did just that in the 34th minute. Connor Lucas was quickest to react as the keeper prevented Ilesanmi from securing his hat trick, but Lucas was there to tap home the rebound to give the Clarets a 3 goal advantage. Lucas doubled his tally two minutes later, following a surging run from Ish Hylton who pulled the ball back to the striker to smash home his second.
Hylton was a constant threat all game, as was opposite full back Blake Holland, giving Burnley constant opportunities to switch the play to create chances. Josh Ilesanmi would have completed his hat trick after he round the keeper, however he was ruled offside after a clever through ball from captain Lewis Richmond.
Despite the pressure though, it could have been 4-1 at half time, had it not been for a good save from goalkeeper Jake Dall as he rushed out to smother the ball to prevent the QPR striker getting a shot at goal.
With the points all but in the bag, the Clarets began the second half in a similar fashion, with full backs Holland and Hylton being a constant thorn in the QPR side. However, it seemed it was the Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team that faced Chelsea that came back out in the second half, rather than the one that finished the first half; with a number of chances to score being turned down.
Burnley continued to dominate the game, limiting QPR to only one chance from a counter attack late in the second half, however, they could not add to their total, despite the efforts of Nosa Agheyisi, Ridwan Sanni and Isaac Kanu who replaced Agho, Lucas and Enoh midway through the second half. It was substitute Matt Heap, who was experimenting with a role just behind the strikers who looked the most likely to set up a 5th as he combined effectively with teammates on a number of occasion, however, it wasn’t to be and the Clarets had to settle with a 4-0 away win.
Shadow Youth Team Coach Danny Morville said “It was very pleasing to bounce back from the Chelsea disappointment in such a manner. Our preparations were better and it was evident with how we started the game. We challenged the players to focus on the processes of performing well, rather than the outcome of the game and the response from the players was fantastic. When your players are disappointed not to add to their total in the second half and were frustrated when we lost a bit of focus, I think that shows a real winner’s mentality. That has to become the norm, they need to be constantly wanting to add to their totals and if they look after the processes, that will come. I think Ish and Blake were fantastic today, giving us constant width which was needed to unlock a compact QPR defence. I also think a mention needs to be given to Matt Heap who was excellent just behind the strikers when he came on.”
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