Thursday, 22 January 2015

FA Youth Cup: Burnley 3-1 Cardiff City

Burnley’s young starlets claimed an emphatic 3-1 victory over Cardiff City to progress to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.

A trip to the City Ground was the reward following goals from Brandon Wilson, Jamie Frost and Bradley Jackson on a bitterly cold evening at Turf Moor.

Burnley dominated the first half and it looked like it was only a matter of time before they took the lead. Ntumba Massanka was in the thick of the action and he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet. This lad has pace to burn.

The goal came just before half time following a bit of a goalmouth scrap which fell to Wilson who shot from the edge of the box.

The lead was nearly doubled on the stroke of half time when Jackson let rip only to see the Cardiff stopper make an absolutely world class save to tip it round the post.

I’ve seen Jackson play a few times now and he always impresses. He quick, has good feet and isn’t afraid to skin a full back.

The appropriately named Jamie Frost came on for Massanka just after the hour mark. He’s another young lad that I rate and he made an immediate impact.

On 75 minutes, Jackson muscled his way through the Welshmen’s defence. His cross was defelected but he managed to hook the ball over to the back post for the waiting Frost who slammed it in to the far corner giving their keeper absolutely no chance.

Burnley were two nil up, and true to recent form they conceded. Cardiff won a free kick on the edge of the box. All the players lined up as if Veale was going to cross it in to the box. From where we were sat it looked like there was a big gap. There was. He curled it in to the top corner.

But thankfully there was that man again. Khius Metz played a delightful through ball and Jackson powered in to the box and made no mistake making it 3-1 and guaranteeing them a fifth round tie against Nottingham Forest next Tuesday 27th January.

I would also like to give Waqas Azam a quick mention. I thought he was solid in the centre of defence. He’s not the tallest of centre halves but he put himself about. He’s another one to watch.

MOTM: Bradley Jackson

Burnley: Aghayere; El-Fitouri (Dixon 86), Hobson, Azam, Nugent; Jackson, Bianga, Wilson, Hill; Massanka (Frost 66), Metz.

Subs: King, Dolling, Crawford.

Cardiff: Massaro, Rees, Baker, Patten, R. Menayese, Williams, Watkins (Phipps 46), Yonwa-Toonga (So Sani 75), E. Menayese, Taylor (Veale 46), Noor.

Subs: Coughlan, Coxe.

Attendance: 282

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