Shadow Youth Team end the season on a high!
Four goals in the final ten minutes of the match marked a great comeback from the Clarets in their final fixture of the season.
Shrewsbury were by far the better team in the opening stages of the game and their bright start payed dividends when they scored two quick fire goals in the 13th and 15th minute.
Although disappointed to be two goals down, this was probably the best thing that could have happened as it forced the Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team players to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.
Man of the match, Ridwan Sanni said: “It was important to finish the season with a win and there was no way that I was going to let the game get away from us. I wanted to chase down every ball and compete for every challenge to help get the boys back in the game.”
Leading goal scorer Connor Lucas pulled a goal back on 37 minutes when he headed over the keeper into the far corner. Having missed a few chances in the first half, Josh Ilesanmi drove the ball through the Town keeper’s legs in the 58th minute to draw level.
Once the scores were level, there was only ever going to be one winner! With the momentum in their favour, the Clarets created chance after chance. The introduction of Bafude Djabi, Kenan Eti and Martin Enow helped to turn chances into goals.
Djabi played a through ball into the path of the on-running Clinton Agho, who slotted it neatly past the keeper to keep up his fine scoring run. Djabi then scored himself when Kenan Eti played a clever reverse pass into the unmarked Djabi to make it 4-2.
Ilesanmi scored his second of the game when he curled in a left footed shot from the right corner of the penalty area and Martin Enow capped off the comeback with a fine individual goal.
Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team Head Coach, Chris Andrews said: “It was nice to finish the season with a victory. We certainly improved as a squad during the second half of the season and this is reflected in our results, having only lost three games since early December. The players know the importance of having a good squad they know that whether they are on the pitch for 5 or 75 minutes, they are expected to show the same effort and commitment. It was therefore pleasing to see the impact made by the three lads who came on during the second half.”
Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team: Bunting-Jones, Brewer, Lucas (Enow), Hylton, Tabone, Pate, Harling (Djabi), Richmond © (Eti), Ilesanmi, Agho, Sanni.
Subs: Djabi, Enow, Eti
The trials will take place on Monday 10th July and you can sign up by visiting http://www.burnleyfccommunity.org/education/shadow-youth-team/