Cup Exit for Youth Team in Etihad
It wasn't to be for the Clarets youth team tonight in the FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie They were defeated 2-0 by Manchester City in the Etihad Stadium but by no means disgraced themselves and in the end they can be proud of their achievements. A brave performance saw the Clarets contain Acedemy side, City until the 76th minute when 16 year Marcos Lopez on a dash from the half way line finally beat Jakovlevs with a cool shot. With two minutes to go it was all over after City increased their lead thanks to a goal by Jose Pozo who is rumoured to have cost City around £2.5m from Real Madrid.
Terry Pashley though can be proud of his young guns. Playing 4-5-1 formation, with captain Cameron Howieson in the holding midfield role and Jason Gilchrist alone up front, Burnley took the game to City and played some attractive football in the first half and defended well. In the second-half though they had to defend deep whilst creating few chances up front.
City in the end were just too strong for the Clarets and they will now fancy themselves for the final with United out the frame following Burnley's 4-3 victory over them at Old Trafford in the third round.
Manchester City: Lawlor, Facey, Leigh, Evans, Plummer, Rekik, Bytyqi, Ntcham, Cole, Lopes, Pozo (Barker 88).
Subs Not Used: Bossaert, Gunn, Bryan, Celina
Goals: Marcos Lopes (76), Jose Pozo (88)
Burnley: Jakovlevs, Dummigan, Conlan, Lowe, Whitmore, Holt, Jackson (Galvin 87), Daly (Ly 81), Gilchrist, Howieson, Frost (Hill 81).