The Vintage Clarets ran out the victors at the Store First Stadium against Burnley Boys Club and their Old Boys in a charity match in memory of Eamonn Kilbride.
Goals from Liam Robinson, George Oghani, Junior Bent, Nigel Smith and a brace from Andy Cooke saw the Burnley veterans pull off a comfortable win.
However, the moment of the game was when Jack Kilbride, Eamonn’s son, dribbled in to the box past three players, round the keeper and back heeled the ball in to the net to score a goal that even Lionel Messi would have been proud of never mind his father.
The first half was played against the BBCOB and the Clarets, looking resplendent in their new kit, got off to a flying start with Hoyland scoring after only two minutes after latching on to a Liam Robinson cross. Then just five minutes later Oghani doubled the lead.
The old-timers continued to control the game with efforts from former hit-man Cooke, Phil Eastwood and Captain John Deary.
But after a quarter of an hour Deary’s misplaced pass fell to Chris Moreland who struck an absolute thunderbolt in to the roof of the net from 25 yards.
Moreland said: “Thanks to John for the nice little one-two but I still reckon it was more like 35 yards.”
While the BBCOB were still celebrating, Cooke slipped the ball under the keeper at the other end to regain the two goal lead. And he showed that he still has his killer instincts when he doubled his tally ten minutes later to make it 4-1.
The half an hour mark saw the introduction of Roger Eli, Graham Lancashire & Bent who scored five minutes from the break when he headed a cross from the grasp of the keeper’s hands to score from a ridiculously tight angle.
The second half was played against the current BBC side. All of a sudden the teams looked more evenly matched with the veterans beginning to tire against a more youthful side.
But it was the Clarets who had the first chance of the half. Lancashire hit a sweet volley that rocked the upright. Bent latched on to it straight away but the keeper, Marcus Gee, was all over him and more or less wrestled him to the ground. Surprisingly the referee decided it was a foul and a penalty was given.
Bent stepped up to fire to the keeper’s left hand side but Gee was more than a match and made a superb diving save.
Then with 15 minutes to go Jack Kilbride broke clean through against the keeper and after a couple of lovely step-overs saw his shot go anxiously wide. But moments later he had an identical chance which was somehow saved again. The crowd showed their displeasure by booing the man between the Burnley sticks.
His time finally came a few minutes later when he scored a delightful goal that was greeted by a standing ovation from the 250 strong crowd.
It looked like the BBC may have made a remarkable comeback when Lee Taylor was up-ended in the box and he duly slotted home the resulting spot kick.
But with the final whistle looming, Lancashire crossed for Smith whose diving header made it 6-3.
It was great to see Hoyland making his début along with Cooke who was the man of the match for me.
Next up for the VC’s is the 36th Annual Football Tournament at Hammer Spielvereinigung 03/04 in Hamm, Germany.
Vintage Clarets: Lee, Atkinson, Smith, Scott, Eastwood, Harrison, Hoyland, Deary, Oghani, Robinson, Cooke (MOTM)
Subs: Bent, Harrison, Eli, Oliver, Hamilton, Lancashire
BBCOB: Ryan Needham, Stephen Fanshawe, John Edwards, Liam Kilbride, Gaz Broxup, Lee Corns, Carl Cheetham, Mark Corns, Lee Shatwell, Chris Moorland, Chris Duff
Subs: Liam Carney, Connor Kilbride, Steven Box
BBC: Marcus Gee, Mark Stevenson, Glynn Skelton, Micky Woods, Robbie Young, Matt Barnsley, Tony Allot, Karl Young, John Hynes, Steve Bentley, Lee Taylor,
Subs: Daz Taylor, Jack Kilbride (GOTM)