The Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team stunned Everton on Friday afternoon with undoubtedly their best performance of the season so far, ending their opponents’ unbeaten run in the process.
The tone of the game was set when centre-back Joe Wilson made a very strong challenge to regain possession at the first opportunity and, with just under two minutes on the clock, Dean Makunike ran 15 yards to close down the Everton defender whose poor first touch allowed Makunike to steal the ball, beat the keeper and make it 1-0.
A superb counter attack 15 minutes later resulted in goal number two. Michael Burke found Luke Taylor on the left wing before Taylor pushed the ball past the full-back and crossed for Damani Hall who fired home with his left foot.
The third goal was similar to the second. A quick counter attack was started by Rob O’Donnell, before he found Taylor who once again crossed for Hall to score from six yards.
Everton scored a consolation goal with just five minutes to go, however, it was too little too late and the Shadow Youth Team took all three points.
Shadow Youth Team Head Coach, Chris Andrews, said: “It was important for this group of players to put in a good performance this week. We’ve had a few weeks now where players have been unavailable for various reasons and our application on the pitch hasn’t been at the level that we expect.
“Today was an opportunity to put things right and we executed the game plan almost perfectly. Every member of the squad played their part today, whether they were on the pitch for 90 minutes or nine minutes. Hopefully, the players can take this into our next game and beyond.”
Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team: O’Rourke, Temperly, Oldroyd, Wilson, O’Donnell, Burke, Taylor, Hall, Co (Pulleyn), Makunike (Tshife) and Groves (c) (Chambwe)
Subs: Chambwe, Tshife, Pulleyn and Kipoy
Goals: Hall (2) and Makunike
Man of the Match: Joe Wilson
The next set of trials take place on Tuesday 5th February and you can sign-up by visiting: https://www.burnleyfccommunity.org/education/shadow-youth-team/syt-trial-dates/.