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Report: Burnley Under-18s 2 Blues Under-18s 6

George Baker was one of three Blues youngsters to score a brace against the Clarets.
George Baker was one of three Blues youngsters to score a brace against the Clarets.

George Baker, Adan George and Kane Thompson-Sommers each helped themselves to two goals apiece as Blues cut Burnley apart time and time again.

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Blues staged a remarkable second-half comeback to leave their hosts reeling in this PDL fixture.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, they came out and blew away the Clarets with some devastating football.

George Baker, Adan George and Kane Thompson-Sommers each helped themselves to two goals apiece as Blues cut Burnley apart time and time again.

Blues, looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Colchester United on Saturday, got off to a bad start.

Chris Conn-Clarke had time to play Ben Woods through the middle and into the box, and he prodded the ball past Josh Bradley-Hurst.

That was after only five minutes and soon after a curving shot from right-back Joel Connolly rebounded off the face of the crossbar.

Burnley spurned another good opening before making it 2-0, in the 25th minute.

It came from a Blues goal kick straight to Mitch George; he sent the ball into Jayden Mayor, unguarded in the centre of the box, and although his first shot was parried, he stuck away the follow-up.

Bradley-Hurst tipped over an attempt by Major as Burnley continued to cause threats.

Blues were not actually playing badly, it was just Burnley were defending well and the approach play to the final third lacked the incision and oomph it had in the second period.

The introduction of Rhys Hilton at the interval made a big difference - he was outstanding, taking on and beating players, breaking the lines and setting up his teammates.

Blues goal fest began in the 51st minute. Mitch Roberts switched play from the left to Hilton who in turn reversed a pass to Tate Campbell, who had made ground to the right of the box.

From a tight angle he clipped a shot onto the crossbar, via the 'keeper's fingers, and it came back down for Baker, who promptly crashed it home, coming over from the left.

Sixty second later Blues had levelled it up, Hilton again the key as he passed for George to drill his shot hard and low underneath Harry Allen, having made a good angled run to take the shot first time.

Burnley were stunned and it got worse for them when Blues surged forward again and Campbell executed a give-and-go and moved the ball out to Baker, who drove into the left-hand side of the box.

His initial attempt was parried but he then expertly placed the rebound into the top corner from an angle.

It was becoming one-way traffic as George hoisted over from the D after Christ Mayuba did good work and then Campbell appeared to be tripped by the 'keeper as he manoeuvred himself beyond the backline - the referee ruled simulation and showed him the yellow card.

Blues then ran away with things with a second three-goal salvo, in quick succession.

On 70 minutes, Thompson-Sommers pressed and won possession, he then strode on and whipped a left-footer into the bottom corner fromthe edge of the box after creating space with a stepover.

Two minutes later Hilton burst down the right-hand side, taking a ball out of defence by Nico Gordon away from his opponent, and slipped the ball inside to George, who bashed it past Allen emphatically.

Goal number six came in the 76th minute, direct from a corner. Thompson-Sommers' right wing kick caught on the wind and drifted over the 'keeper's clutches at the far post.

It could easily have been worse for Burnley and even better for Blues, whose swiftness, combinations and direct running was too hot to handle.

With five minutes left Hilton squared from the byline only for substitute Oumar Traore to sidefoot straight at the 'keeper.

Then the same pair combined and Traore this time saw his goalbound shot blocked after Hilton's lay-off.

It was a breathtaking second-half from Blues, who put in the response coach Steve Spooner was seeking after such a poor showing at the weekend.

Blues: Bradley-Hurst, Kinina, Roberts, Thompson-Sommers, Forrest, Gordon, Mayuba (Powell 77), Campbell, Baker, Okoro (Hilton ht),George (Traore 77).
Sub not used: Knight.

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