Burnley’s FA Youth Cup dreams were shattered at the penultimate hurdle last night as they fell to a 3-1 semi-final defeat at the hands of Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers.
Youth Team Coach Terry Pashley had hoped to emulate the success of the Club’s famous Youth Cup winning side of 1968, but despite their best efforts to overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit, the Clarets slid to a 2-1 home reverse line in front of over 10,000 spectators.
A remarkable journey saw Burnley dispose of Boston United, Ipswich Town, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham scoring 16 goals along the way and giving Pashley’s men a lot to reflect on.
Midfield man Steven Hewitt tweeted:
“I would like to thank all of the fans that came out & supported us!! You were great!! Never stopped singing!! #greatsupport”
Northern Ireland forward Shay McCartan added:
“Thanks for all the support everyone, the fans were brilliant, although we got beat it’s an experience I will never forget.”
Blackburn will now take face Chelsea or last year’s winners Manchester United in the final of youth football’s most prestigious competition. Chelsea will take a 2-1 advantage to Stamford Bridge on 13 April after winning the first-leg at Old Trafford last month.
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