Burnley U23 3 v 1 AFC Fylde U23 (Lancashire FA Senior Cup)
Burnley U23 squad returned to action this afternoon at Barnfield Training Centre in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup Quater-Finals match against AFC Fylde. Clarets loanee Danny Drinkwater completed his first full match since his debut for the club in the Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland at the end of August.
While Drinkwater brought the experience of over three hundred senior games and three England caps to the Clarets stide. AFC Fylde weren’t short of experience either with the Vanarama National League side included ex-Clarets defender Alex Whitmore and former Sheffield United, Watford & Bradford City midfielder Mark Yeates in their starting line-up.
Speaking about his return to first time action Danny Drinkwater said, “It was good to be back out there to help the lads win. It was nice to play the full game and get ninety minutes of competitive action under my belt. I need to keep pushing up my fitness levels now and see what the next few weeks bring.”
The visitors started well on three minutes when they had the first real effort of the match as midfielder Mark Yeates clipped the outside of Jensen’s post with a curling free-kick which the Clarets keeper could only watch as it went out of the post for a goal kick.
AFC Fylde then had another excellent chance to take the lead from a corner which found James Craigen free in the Clarets area, but he could only steer his header just wide of the post. However the Clarets gradually found their stride with Josh Benson, Mace Goodridge and Danny Drinkwater forcing the issue from midfield.
On thirty-seven minutes, Joel Mumbongo cut inside the AFC Flyde penalty area from the righ-hand side before he curled his effort just over the visitors crossbar with the keeper Sam Hornby well beaten.
Mace Goodridge perfectly delivered pass found Joe McGlynn who’s first touch was superb and the seventeen year old Scottish Youth International took his chance with a clinical finish to make the half-time score 1-0 to the Clarets.
The Clarets started the second-half well and after just five minutes following an excellent floated pass from Danny Drinkwater was headed down by Mumbongo for Joe McGlynn to collect and chip home a left-footed finish. Joe McGlynn has stepped up from youth level in impressive fashion in recent weeks and has took his chance in the U23’s well.
Just eight minutes later the Clarets extended their lead as right-back Ryan Cooney unlocked the AFC Fylde defence with a lovely ball through for Ne-Jai Tucker to cross to the near post for Joel Mumbongo to neatly flick home his first goal as a Burnley player to make the score 3-0.
AFC Fylde led by recently appointed manager Jim Bentley weren’t quite finished and with twenty minutes to go missed a penalty when Yeates, having been tripped by Scott Wilson saw his penalty well saved by Clarets keeper Lukas Jensen.
Jensen then kept out an effort from Nick Haughton with another fine stop before Haughton’s first-time strike into the top corner twelve minutes from time gave the Coasters some reward.
The Clarets have now gone sixteen games unbeaten from the start of the season and will now join holders Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End in the semi-finals of the competition with either Morecambe or Wigan Athletic to join them.
Burnley – Jensen, Cooney, Wilson, Glennon, Koiki, Benson, Goodridge, Drinkwater, Tucker, Mumbongo, McGlynn (Subs) Phillips, Bayode, Cropper, McMahon, Perkins.
AFC Fylde – Hornby, Montrose, Duxbury, Jameson, Whitmore, Forbes, Yeates, Ngwatala, Green, Haughton, Craigen (Subs) Bradley, Burke, Wright, Lavercombe.
Goals – (Burnley) McGlynn (2), Mumbongo (AFC Fylde) Haughton