The Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team recently made the long trip to play Oxford United in the National Football Youth League Cup.
Confidence within the team going into this game was high, having beaten top of the table Newcastle last week; and this showed in the early stages of the game.
Sam Anuniru scored three goals in the first 22 minutes of the game. His third came off the back of some good play when Bailie Copeland hit a 40-yard ground pass to attacking full-back, Tom Temperley. Temperley then dropped his shoulder to beat the Oxford defender before driving a low cross to the back post for Anuniru to score.
Temperley was once again the creator for the fourth goal as he beat two Oxford defenders with a powerful run down the right-hand side of the pitch. Temperley’s run ended with another good cross into the six-yard box where Cuan Bradley was perfectly positioned to score his second of the season.
Oxford United did pull a goal back in the final stages of the game, but the Shadow Youth Team scored their fifth shortly after. A flick-on from Groves found Patrick Baynes who delivered a back post cross to pick out Man of the Match Temperley, who rounded off a fine individual performance with a well-deserved goal.
Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team Head Coach, Chris Andrews, said: “It’s always nice to play well and win a game, especially when we have to travel such a distance! We’re very luck to be part of Burnley FC in the Community who value our programme and provide us with the opportunity to travel the day before, stay in a hotel and allow the players to prepare properly for the game.
“Hopefully, we can continue this good run of form and keep improving as a group.”
Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team: Parkinson (captain), Temperley, Baynes, Copeland, Oliver, Oluwabiyi, Oleh (Groves), Anuniru (Clark), Hadfield, Godsman-Pilling (Appiah) and Bradley (Waddington)
Goals: Anuniru (5), (7) and (22), Bradley (58) and Temperley (89)
Man of the Match: Tom Temperley
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