Townson brought in Jack Leckie and Rohan Vaughan, brother of Under-23 defenseman Ethen, from the bench, but it was Bryan who once again shone to score his second of the night, a second equalizer of the night for his team and a third of the night for the whole team with a sublime strike.

Five minutes after the restart, the ball fell on the striker at the edge of the box and after bringing the ball back with his chest, Bryan shot his volley into the net, leaving goalkeeper Hanbury no chance.

Bryan almost also pulled off his hat trick before being replaced by Lucas Wane, who provided the assist for the competition’s seventh and most important goal after 76 minutes.

The young Clarets recycled the ball from a corner and found Wane in some space on the right wing. A perfect ball across the face of the goal chose Ward who jumped well and flew acrobatically into the one-yard net.

Burnley had the lead for the first time in the game, and they weren’t going to let it go. Resolute defense secured the victory and three points, embodied in the last action of the match by Jack Leckie.

Entering as a half-time substitute, defender Leckie was in the right place at the right time to take the ball out of his head after a scramble in the box in the fourth minute of added time.

A marvelous victory for young Clarets, who will also face Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers in the group stage of the U17 Premier League Cup this season.

Burnley: Casper, Ashton, Findlow, Ward, James, Sassi (Leckie HT), Tioffo, Bauress, Westley (Vaughan HT), Le Fondre, Bryan (Wane 72 ‘)


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