Loughborough Lightning v Burnley

Loughborough Lightning 1 v 2 Burnley (Women’s National League North)

Burnley Football Club Women were victorious on the road in their first league game for close to three months, winning 2-1 at Loughborough Lightning with a 94th minute winner from Emma Taylor. In a frantic second half, Ellie York hammered in her second goal of the season ten minutes after Lightning captain Kayleigh Hines was sent-off for a poor tackle on Ella Kinzett. Loughborough equalised from the penalty spot through Georgia Stevens before a last-minute winner by Taylor secured all three points for Jonathan Morgan’s side. 


The boss made seven changes to the side that bowed out of the FA Cup a week earlier with Lucy Walsh, Dom Cooper, Alanta Brown and Millie Ravening the only players to keep their place in the starting eleven. New signing Laura Elford was one of the seven to come in to take her place in a front two with a returning Evie Priestley. Meanwhile, Loughborough also started their new addition Demi Edwards.

Burnley started the better of the two sides in the first-half as Millie Ravening went close with a strike from the edge of the area and only goalkeeper Kiya Webb denied her from putting the Clarets in front soon after with another effort. York and Ella Kinzett also came close to opening the scoring as Morgan’s side continued to assert their dominance in the early stages of the game.


Priestley was the next to carve out an opportunity, Webb scrambling well to keep out an overhead kick from a free-kick whipped in by Dom Cooper. Webb was again on hand to deny Ravening from a free kick before the first half was out, while Lizzie Hamer’s looping effort from range bounced on top of the net rather than underneath the crossbar with the sides level heading into the interval. 

Lauren Bracewell made a comfortably save early in second half from a header from Lightning defender Mikayla Wildgoose before Loughborough captain Hines, who had already been booked, saw a straight red for her reckless challenge on Kinzett. Before the Claret could make their player advantage count though, Elford was sin-binned for adjudged dissent, shown a yellow card and given ten minutes off the pitch as a result.

Morgan’s side however did go in front through full-back York on 64 minutes. After Hamer crossed in from the left and Priestley flicked on, York was on hand to hammer home from an acute angle at the back post.


Goalscorer York was then adjudged to have fouled a Lightning forward in the box at the other end and Stevens stepped up to convert the equaliser from the penalty spot. As Elford returned to the field, the Clarets almost put themselves back in front through Priestley who did well to work an effort when surrounded by numerous Loughborough bodies, but her effort dropped just wide.

And deep into time added on, when it looked as though the Claret women would be forced to settle for a point despite their dominance, the winner came. Cooper’s corner bounced around the area before centre back Taylor adjusted well with quick reactions to loop the ball back over her shoulder and into the back of the net for a last minute winner making the full time score 1-2.


The Clarets will now host Lightning next Sunday 12th February 2023 in the reverse league fixture at the County Ground.

Loughborough – Webb, Strauss, Wildgoose, Walters, Taft, Hateley, Hines, Edwards, Powell, Stevens, Middleton (Subs) Sharpe, Johnson, Richardson, Harder, Habbits

Burnley – Bracewell, York, Taylor, Walsh, Cooper, Brown, Kinzett, Ravening, Hamer, Priestley, Elford (Subs) Aherne, Embley, Molinari, May, S Greenhalgh

Goals(Loughborough) Stevens (69) (Burnley) York (64), Taylor (90+4)

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Clarets Sign Sheffield United Midfielder

Lara Miller Becomes Clarets Second Signing In 2023

Burnley Football Club are delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Lara Miller from Women’s Championship side Sheffield United. Miller, an England Youth International has represented the Young Lionesses at both U17 & U18 levels and started out in the academy at Manchester United. Switching red for blue with a move to Manchester City, she would win the FA Girls’ Youth Cup before heading back to United for a further two seasons as her development continued.


Eventually making the move into senior football with Lewes down on the South Coast at the start of the 2021/22 season. Miller, who primarily plays in a deeper role re-located back up north when she joined Sheffield United in January 2022. Impressing in the second half of the campaign, the Blades got her signed on the dotted line ahead of the current season, and Miller now joins Jonathan Morgan’s side here in East Lancashire. 

The midfielder spoke to the club’s media having become a Claret, discussing just how happy she is to be on board, saying: “I’m excited to have joined Burnley and to be able to learn from the experience of both Jonathan and Jay (Bradford, Assistant Coach). I know it’s a Club with big ambitions and heart and that’s what I wanted to come and be a part of.


“It’s a great group and the girls have already made it feel like home. I’m looking forward to helping the team build on what has been a positive first half of the season.”  Boss Morgan added, “Lara is an exciting young player that comes with lots of pedigree. She has settled in well and has trained hard with us. We’ve all been impressed with what she has shown and we’re excited to get her some game time.”

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Enock Agyei Signs In And Heads Out On Loan

Clarets Secure Signing of Belgian Youngster From Anderlecht 

Burnley Football Club have confirmed the signing of young striker Enock Agyei from Anderlecht on a four-and-a-half-year deal. The eighteen year old will be loaned straight out to Belgian side K.V. Mechelen until the end of the season, who are managed by former Claret Steven Defour.


After joining the Anderlecht academy from RSC Verviers in 2015, the forward has then progressed through the ‘Purple and White’ youth system featuring regularly for the U21 side. Agyei is already a Belgium U21 international and will now gain first team experience under Steven Defour’s guidance in the Belgian Pro League before returning to the Clarets in the summer.

Speaking after signing for the Clarets Enock Agyei said, “It is a new change for me and it is something that will help my development and my career. I spoke with Vincent and he persuaded me to come here and I think it is going to be a great chapter in my career.”

Former Burnley midfielder and Mechelen manager Defour said, “Enock has a lot of maturity in his game, despite his age. He never loses overview in his action, he’s a very creative player with a lot of speed and we are looking forward to working with him.”

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Former Clarets Striker Leave Kilmarnock Under Cloud

Kyle Lafferty Terminates Kilmarnock Contract

Kyle Lafferty has left Kilmarnock after terminating his deal with the club by mutual consent. It is fair to say that it is a decision that no one was expecting and leaves Kilmarnock boss Derek McInnes with just a matter of hours to identify and bring in a potential replacement. The Rugby Park outfit announced the Northern Ireland International’s departure in a shock statement this evening. It read: “It’s with regret that Kyle Lafferty and Kilmarnock Football Club have parted company by mutual consent. We thank Kyle for his service to the club.”

Lafferty, only joined Kilmarnock in January last year and helped them win promotion back to the Scottish Premier League at the first time of asking in as he chipped in with eight goals in fifteen games in the Championship. However, it is fair to say he that the thirty-five year old didn’t enjoy the same success in front of goal in the top flight this season as he found the net just once in the league.

It is not clear where Lafferty’s future now lies but he hasn’t been afraid to try his luck abroad during the course of his career and could well look for another move overseas. As for Kilmarnock, they return to Premiership action tomorrow evening when they face off against Dundee United at Rugby Park. Derek McInnes men are bottom of the table as things currently stand but are level on points with ninth placed Motherwell and just four behind St Johnstone in eighth.

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Former Clarets Midfielder Joins Exeter City

Kevin McDonald Signs Short Term Contract With Sky Bet League One Club

Exeter City have today confirmed the signing of former Scotland International midfielder Kevin McDonald on a permanent short-term contract until the end of the 2022/23 season. The thirty-four year old midfielder joins the club having trained with the squad for a short period and brings with him a wealth of experience from across both the English & Scottish football leagues.

McDonald’s career began at Dundee where he spent three years before a £250,000 move to Championship side Burnley in 2008. He spent a further two years at Sheffield United before signing a deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he would go on to be named in the League One Team of the Year for 2013/14 season the same year in which Wolves stormed to the third tier title with a record 103 points.

McDonald joined then Championship side Fulham in the summer of 2016 and was a stalwart in the side for the first two seasons, the second of which he gained promotion to the Premier League. He gained a second promotion to the top tier in 2020/21, but was absent from the team the following season due to a kidney problem that eventually led to him receiving a transplant from his brother in April 2021.

He returned to playing action in January of last year signing a short term contract with Dundee United until the end of last season. On the international stage, McDonald made five appearances for the Tartan Army making his debut against Costa Rica in March 2018.

Manager Gary Caldwell explained why he brought Kevin to the club saying, “Kevin is someone I’ve known throughout my career so I know of his ability. He’s been with us for a week and has also been in at other clubs over the last few months but felt the fit at Exeter was right for him. The project we sold to him is something that really appealed to him and we’re delighted to have him. He has real character and the knowledge and expertise he can pass on to the other midfield players will be invaluable for us.”

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Clarets Signing Young Talent For Future

Vincent Kompany Set to Sign Anderlecht Winger Enock Agyei

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany looks set to raid Anderlecht again with Enock Agyei on his way to the Sky Bet Championship leaders from the Belgian giants, according to reports from Het Laaste News. The Clarets boss tried to sign the winger in the summer transfer window when he arrived at Turf Moor from Anderlecht but was unsuccessful.

The eighteen year old is perhaps unlikely to make an immediate impact, however the teenager may be one for the future rather than someone capable of commanding a starting berth under Kompany immediately. Agyei currently plays for Anderlecht’s reserve team in the Belgian second tier and has four goals and one assist from seventeen games this season, lining up usually on the right wing.

Het Nieuwsblad, say that Agyei turned the Clarets offer down in the summer in favour of staying at Anderlecht, however he looks set to renege on that decision on the final day of the January window, with Het Nieuwsblad now reporting that Agyei is ‘on his way’ to Turf Moor. The youngsters contract is due to expire in the summer and it looks likely that he will be joining Ameen Al Dakhil, Hjalmar Ekdal, Lyle Foster, Michael Obafemi and Deji Sotona at Turf Moor with the club also interested in Sporting Lisbon’s Jovane Carral and Konyaspor’s Amir Hadziahmetovic.

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Former Rovers Striker Joins Celtic On Loan

Natasha Flint Joins Scottish Women’s Premier League Celtic On Loan

Leicester City Women have confirmed that striker Natasha Flint has joined Women’s Scottish Premier League outfit Celtic. The forward makes the move north of the border until the end of the 2022/23 Scottish Women’s Premier League season and will link up with a Celtic side currently battling at the top end of the table.

Flint, who joined the club in June 2020 from Blackburn Rovers and temporarily leaves Belvoir Drive having scored twenty-five goals in sixty-three appearances for the Foxes. The former England youth international will now link up with her new team-mates in Glasgow as they prepare to host Aberdeen Women on Sunday.

Having started her career at the age of seventeen, Flint signed her first senior contract with Manchester City ahead of the club’s first season in the Women’s Super League. Flint scored her first senior goal against Chelsea which was named a finalist for the 2014 FA WSL Goal of the Season. She was named in the starting lineup when Manchester City won the 2014 Continental Cup (WSL Cup). The following season she struggled to get into the team, making just one start and five substitute appearances before being released.

Flint, then had a couple of years moving around a number of clubs which started at Preston North End (later renamed Fylde Ladies) in the FA Women’s National League North, before moving to Notts County in the Super League. However, she left Notts County in March 2016 just four days before the start of the 2016 FA Women’s Super League for “personal reasons”. She then signed with Fylde Ladies in June 2016, before joining Sheffield FC just six months later in the WSL2 (now FA Women’s Championship) before going back to Fylde Ladies in the July of the same year.

Flint signed for Blackburn Rovers in the FA Women’s National League in December 2017 and it looked like the right club. Having helped Blackburn Rovers achieve their first-ever promotion to the FA Women’s Championship and scoring in the Play-Off Final against Coventry United. Although she was limited to six games and nine goals in the 2019-20 season which curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic she amassed an outstanding goalscoring record for the Lancashire club scoring seventy goals in just sixty-six appearances over three seasons.

In June 2020, she left Blackburn Rovers at the conclusion of her contract and joined Leicester City Women along with eleven other new players who were brought in as part of the club’s conversion to a fully professional structure. She won the Women’s Championship Player of the Month honours for December 2020 with four league goals during the month. On 4th April 2021, Flint scored the second Leicester City goal in a 2–0 win over London City Lionesses to secure the title and promotion to the FA Women’s Super League.

Flint had previously worked part-time as a lab technician, but after losing the job to a Covid-19 pandemic forced furlough, she moved to training full-time, a change that she has credited for her scoring form with Leicester City. She ended the 2020–21 Championship season as the club’s top scorer with seventeen goals in the competition. On 16th May 2021, Flint scored the winning goal in a 2–3 upset of Manchester United in the fifth round of the 2020-21 Women’s FA Cup.

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson Signs Contract Extension

Icelandic Winger Extends Contract At Turf Moor

Burnley Football Club are pleased to announce that Johann Berg Gudmundsson has signed a contract extension until the summer of 2024 with the option of a further year. Gudmundsson, who’s deal was due to expire in July, will now stay at the club until at least the end of next season.

The thirty-two year old arrived at Turf Moor in 2016 from Charlton Athletic and played an integral role in his first season as Burnley secured Premier League survival. Gudmundsson then featured in all but three of the Clarets’ Premier League games in the 2017/18 campaign, helping the side to a seventh placed finish sealing a UEFA Europa League qualification. The following season he made thirty-six appearances in all competitions the following 2018/19 season, was then followed by an injury-hit 2019/20 campaign.

But the wideman went on to feature forty-five times in the last two seasons of the Premier League and has already played twenty games this campaign, scoring two and assisting three. After extending his stay, Gudmundsson said, “I’m really pleased, obviously it’s a new journey with the club and it’s something I really want to be a part of. This season has gone fantastically well for the team and we’ve done really well, but we know there’s still a lot of work to be done. I love the club and it’s great news for me and my family to extend my stay for another year.”

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Clarets Make Fifth Transfer Window Signing

Deji Sotona Joins Clarets From OGC Nice On Free Transfer

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed the signing of striker Deji Sotona from French Ligue 1side OGC Nice on a free transfer. Sotona has recently returned to OGC Nice after a loan spell with Brentford B and Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League this season.

The former Manchester United player spent four years at Carrington, working his way up the ranks and even training with the first team. Remarkably, at sixteen he was named the fastest player at the club, clocking a speed of 22.9 mph to beat Marcus Rashford and Diogo Dalot to the top of the timesheets. 

Manchester United offered Sotona a three-year contract extension after his stint with the first team but he rejected the offer and instead became a free agent in 2020. Former Nice manager Patrick Vieira then personally reached out to Sotona to lure him to the French outfit, promising the youngster some first team opportunities. Sotona joined Nice after his Manchester United contract expired, but Vieira was sacked shortly after and game time became hard to come by for the young striker.

A Republic of Ireland youth international will initial join the Clarets U21 squad working along side Tony Philliskirk, Andy Farrell and Ross Wallace as he looks to gain some more experience before looking to get into Vincent Kompany’s first team squad.

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Clarets Sign Winger From Cymru Premier League

Welsh Winger Tom Tweedy Joins Clarets From Penybont Football Club

Burnley Football Club have confirmed the signing of Welsh winger Tom Tweedy from Cymru Premier League side Penybont FC. The eighteen year old has made 25 appearances for Penybont Football Club over the last eighteen months, netting his first professional goal earlier this month in a 5-1 victory over Caernarfon.


The Welsh winger has signed an eighteen month contract with the Clarets and is eligible to play for both the U18s & U21s initially. He will now join join the academy teams working with Tony Philliskirk, Ross Wallace and Andy Farrell as he looks to gain more experience and hopefully push for a first team shirt over the coming seasons.

Upon signing his deal at the Barnfield Training Centre, Tweedy was excited about what lies ahead with the Clarets saying, “This is a really proud moment for me and my family joining a club like Burnley. It’s the right time and the right place for me to come now and I know this will be somewhere I can progress in my career. There are some really great people at the club, which I have already met in my short time here over the last few days and  I just can’t wait to get going now out on the pitch.”

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