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Blackburn Defeat Brave Burnley as Youth Cup Final Beckons

Steve Hewitt converts his penalty to give Burnely some hope late on in the game.

Overcoming Blackburn Rovers seemed to be one step too far for a proud Burnley youth side who had a stunning run to the FA Youth Cup semi-final.

They defeated Fulham and West Ham United along the way to this stage of the competition but their local rivals Blackburn were ultimately too much for them.

However, nothing should be taken away from Blackburn as they fought tirelessly and put in a real quality performance to see themselves through to the final.

Hugo Fernandez and Ryan Edwards both scored in the space of two minutes to send the whole side into raptures as they relish taking on Manchester United or Chelsea in the final.

Steven Hewitt provided some consolation for Burnley as he converted a late penalty but the Clarets fell short in this game, not to mention the fact they effectively started 1-0 behind thanks to the first leg.

Raheem Hanley, scorer of that winner in the first leg, offered glimpses of class throughout the first half as he looked to be Blackburn’s biggest threat.

Blackburn seemed to dictate the early stages but Burnley fought their way back into the game and had some chances that could have easily spurred them on to further success. Adam Evans was a stand out performer for Burnley throughout the first period as he dazzled the crowd with some silky skills.

As the game began to age, a bright run from Osawe allowed him to get a shot off and Coleman’s block dropped invitingly into the path of Fernandez who placed the ball into the bottom corner.
Before Burnley had the chance to recover their composure, Edwards had doubled the visitors’ lead. His driven free-kick from 35 yards was well-struck but fell just underneath the Burnley goalkeeper’s body.

Burnley grabbed their consolation when Adam Hanley handled inside the area and Hewitt finished the penalty.

The game ended with a standing ovation with both sides performing to the best of their ability to make a great spectacle for the neutral.


About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


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