Young Clarets knock out Manchester United in an emphatic 4-3 victory at Old Trafford to reach the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.Burnley bounced back from behind twice after taking an early lead to grab an extra time winner and match ball for hat-trick hero Jason Gilchrist.
The Clarets lined up 4-5-1 with Gilchrist as a lone striker.
There was early pressure from United with a succession of corners but it was Burnley who had the better chance early on. Captain Cameron Howieson went on a great run that ended with Gilchrist through on goal but Pierluigi Gollini managed to gather up the loose ball for the home side.
In the 26th minute the Clarets had some defending to do with Charlie Holt making a goalmouth clearance.
Then around ten minutes later Jack Barmby, son of Nicky, headed just over Callum Jakovlevs’ cross bar.
The deadlock was broken just minutes later when Luke Conlan earned a free kick near the left hand corner flag. Nathan Lowe whipped in the cross and the captain rose like a salmon at the near post to head a Howieson howitzer in to the top corner of the net.
That should have been the score line at the break, but in added time James Weir collected a classy through ball and with only the keeper to beat slotted the ball in to the far corner of the net.
Within seconds of the restart Cameron Dummigan let a 25 yard shot fly that dipped just over the bar.
That was Manchester United 1-1 Burnley at half time. The youngsters had given a very good account of themselves. The question was could they keep up the tempo in the second half?
On 51 minutes Kevin Ly had a chance but his shot went high and wide.
United then substituted Barmby who was arguably their most creative player. Immediately, James Wilson received the ball on the edge of the Burnley box and with his back to goal he chipped over his head and turned to volley a spectacular shot high into the Stretford End.
Around the hour mark Ly crossed to the far post only for Dummigan to head over. A couple of minutes later Ly was replaced by Bradley Jackson.
Then came United’s second after some valiant goal mouth defending. Jakovlevs fisted the ball away only for it to return but be headed clear by Charlie Holt but then unfortunately it fell to Nicholas Ioannou who managed to find the back of the net.
You’re not singing anymore
Chants of “you’re not singing anymore” from the United faithful were short-lived four minutes later when Gilchrist latched on to a superb through ball and struck it first time only to see the keeper parry it high in to the air. The ball was dropping in to the six yard box and the young striker continued his run to somehow bundle the ball over the line.
Terry Pashley then made another change bringing on Christian Hill for Jamie Frost.
United restored their lead minutes later when a rebounded corner fell to Donald Love, brother of Claret Archie, who hammered home from 18 yards.
Goalscorer Ioannou was replaced on 79 minutes by Declan Dalley for the red devils.
Hash of a back pass
However, Burnley still looked good for a goal and with just ten minutes to go Gollini made a hash of a back pass and Gilchrist latched on to slot the ball home from a tight angle on the edge of the box with two defenders closing down fast.
They managed to hang on and it was Manchester United 3-3 Burnley at the full time whistle.
So extra time loomed along with a dreaded penalty shootout if the stalemate couldn’t be broken.
Four minutes after the restart Jakovlevs made a superb save from a Ben Pearson shot. Then at the other end of the field Howieson had a 25 yard effort similarly kept out.
United had a couple of corners with a header going just wide of the post followed by a shot from Nathan Lowe that went agonisingly wide of the mark.
Half time in extra time and it was still 3-3. Several players were beginning to pull up with cramp which was not surprising in the near freezing conditions.
Burnley made their final substitution when play resumed bringing on Evan Galvin for Luke Daly.
Then Jackson made a superb run down the right wing and floated the ball over for Gilchrist to seal his treble and become one of a very select few who have scored a hat-trick at Old Trafford against Man United, joining the likes of Martin Peters and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Within seconds Hill had a chance saved as the Clarets broke away again with the few hundred or so travelling fans causing a huge furore.
Burnley then had just five minutes plus Fergie time to contend with and a minute before the end Jakovlevs made a world class double save to keep his team in the game shortly followed by another with his fingertips. This hat-trick of saves in my opinion would be worthy of the man of the match award if it wasn’t for Gilchrist’s treble at the other end of the pitch.
The final whistle blew and Burnley were handed an unforgettable victory in the so-called Theatre of Dreams.
The celebrations by the players showed just how much it meant to them. This is what football is all about. Passion, belief and desire were all very noticeable in this young group of players and it’s in most part down to the work of Terry Pashley and his team.
Quite rightly he was given a standing ovation.
Terry Pashley’s Claret & Blue Army march on into the next round. It doesn’t matter who they get drawn against because whoever it is they can beat them.
Full time Manchester United 3-4 Burnley
Man Of The Match: Jason Gilchrist
Manchester United: Gollini, Love, Rowley, Grimshaw, Ioannou (Dalley 78), Pearson, Barmby (Rudge 53), Weir, Wilson, Januzaj, Daehli
Subs: Sutherland, Byrne, Gorre
Burnley: Jakovlevs, Dummigan, Conlan, Lowe, Whitmore, Holt, Daly (Galvin 110), Ly (Jackson 63), Gilchrist, Howieson, Frost (Hill 70)
Subs: Mitchell, Bianga