Junior match reports from –
Our under 11s, 13, 15s and 16s
Burnley FC Women U11s v Clitheroe Wolves U11s
It was a wet and blustery day at the Prairie for the Burnley FC Women Under 11s vs Clitheroe Wolves game. Burnley started brightly with an early goal from captain, Ruby.
New to the Burnley team, Kyra had an impressive first half in goal, making a couple of key saves.
The Burnley girls Monday night training is really starting to show with some great passing and movement. Kate was unlucky not to score in the first half, hitting the woodwork.
There was some good attacking football from both sides, with both teams scoring a goal before half time.
Burnley came out attacking in the second half, with Kate now in goals and Kyra playing outfield. Kyra was quick to win the ball and get on the score sheet and MJ was tireless on the wing, creating great link play with Ruby who again scored.
As Clitheroe started to press, Ellisia was a rock at the back closing down Clitheroe’s attacking moves. Katie was skilful in defence, playing the ball out to Sameeha who drove through Clitheroe’s defence to score. Clitheroe managed to get back on the scoresheet but with more goals from Burnley in the second half, it was an emphatic win against an excellent Clitheroe Wolves team.
Burnley FC Women U13s v Lostock Hall U13s
It was a rainy morning at the Prairie playing fields, the ground was damp from heavy rain the evening before. The U13 Clarets were to play against a very strong Lostock Hall.
The game was a debut for Courtney and the return of injured Chloe. Lostock were fast to start and caught Burnley off straight away with 2 goals in 6 minutes. It was going to be a challenging day for the newly grouped U13 Burnley team.
Within 15 minutes it was 3-0 to the visitors and they showed some great football through the entirety of the match. For the next 20 minutes Burnley’s back line including Captain Taylor Hutchison, left back Pippa, right back Rebecca and centre back Abbie stood strong against a constant flow of Lostock attacks, with a number of heroic saves from new goal keeper Jessica.
Burnley had their own spell of chances with great combination play from Esha, Maddie and Sanya in the middle allowing forward Zaiba to use her tricky footwork and shoot twice, both shots brilliantly saved by the opposition keeper.
Rebecca was showing great form and linked well with Esha to allow a shot that screamed just over the cross bar. Rebecca had a couple of long-range shots that were also close…but not quite on target.
Just before the half a long-range shot came from Lostock’s no.9 that was deflected away from the Clarets keeper to make it 4-0.
The second half showed no change in tempo from Lostock as they continued to trouble the Burnley defence, allowing 1 or 2 mistakes to make it 5-0. The team still had fight and wanted to try to work on getting the ball forward in the correct manner. They pulled this off as two lovely passes from sub Jaden and winger Holly opened up a chance for Zaiba to push the ball into the bottom corner to give the girls a bit of reward that they deserved to make it 6-1.
Burnley showed resilience in the game with the final score ending 8-1 to the visitors.
Some stand out performances from goalkeeper Jessica who had a very busy day with a number of fantastic saves in 1v1 situations, Sanya who played as centreback and centre-mid for the Clarets worked fantastically all game and never stopped trying her best.
All the girls enjoyed the game despite the result and look to improve in a number of areas over the coming weeks. Overall the atmosphere, coaches, parents and players were very professional and respectful.
Blackburn & Darwen Girls FC U15s v Burnley FC Women U15s
The Under 15’s were away to Blackburn & Darwen, a well organised side that played some great passing football and attacked the Burnley defenders with purpose. It was not long before they had the lead with a bit of a scrappy goal.
Burnley were finding it difficult to contain their attackers and Blackburn & Darwen scored four more quick goals.
Katie was kicking long balls into their half and Niamh was latching on to some, but their defenders were stopping her.
Burnley finally got a break when Lilly burst through, but their keeper stopped her only for the ball to go loose and Niamh shot the ball into the net with a fine goal. Burnley went on the back foot again and Blackburn scored four more goals making it 9-1 at half time.
Burnley played much better in the second half with Blackburn only adding two more goals.
The Burnley side never gave up, chased every ball in awful conditions and to their credit put in a much better performance. Eleanor was voted girl of the game.
Burnley FC Women U16s v Walshaw Sports FC Juniors U16s
What an exciting, well deserved game the girls played this weekend. For the first 15 minutes of the game both sides were very evenly matched. Showing great teamwork and energy into creating an attack end to end.
The first goal came from Amber when she saw the keeper off her line and from the left side of the half way line Amber lobbed the keeper to put Burnley in front. It was a fantastic goal to watch but Amber didn’t stop there. A few minutes later she broke down Walshaw’s attack and regained the ball on the halfway line, took a touch out of her feet and made it 2-0 by lobbing the keeper again from the halfway line. Half time score was 2-0.
In the second half the girls played some brilliant football. All the girls worked hard to pick up other players positions, covering gaps and swapping positions. Becca on the wing played some clever combination play with her centre-midfielders through the middle third of the pitch. The third goal came from Ellie, Burnley’s U15 player that was playing up to challenge herself.
The goals didn’t stop there, Amber went on to score a hat trick a few minutes after Ellie’s goal. The girls’ effort and understanding of the game was brilliant, pressing every ball and defending gaps.
Ellie really fit into the tempo of the game; running the ball past two defenders before knocking it past the keeper with a little controlled tap, making it her second goal of the game and bringing the score to 5-0. The 6th goal came from an unfortunate mistake from Walshaws defense scoring an own goal.
Amber didn’t feel 3 goals were enough, scoring her forth from a driven in corner right to her feet to claim her 4th goal of the game. Burnley found themselves attacking every ball they could, hitting the crossbar twice and a sending a few over the bar too. Then finally after Becca hitting the side post minutes before, she found the back of the net taking on 3 defenders and creating a one on one with the goal keeper and placing it in the bottom corner making it 8-0.
The final goal of the game came from Walshaw when Burnley took their eye off the game for a few moments; a mix up in communication from the defenders, the ball found itself in the back of Burnley’s goal making it a final score of 8-1.
Every single player played so well with coaching staff proud of their performance.