Clarets slip to defeat in US opener

Last updated : 11 July 2008 By Tony Scholes
Wade Elliott
Wade Elliott - gave the Clarets the lead
It was a somewhat tame opener but that's no surprise. The Clarets have only been back in training for just over a week and have been in America for only two days, and at times there is no doubt that it showed.

The game was played for much of the time at a slow pace but it was the Clarets who went in front. Wade collected the ball on the right hand side and run at the Railhawks defence before sliding the ball home. But the celebrations were cut short when our hosts equalised within a couple of minutes through Zach Schilawski.

A draw looked the most likely result but ten minutes from the end the home side won it with an excellent finish from the left hand side, Ty Lassiter's shot curling into the far corner of the net.

Burnley never threatened to draw level and the home goalkeeper had a particularly quiet second half other than the goal. Our guest reporter Mike Jones will later provide us with a full match report.

The teams were;

Cary Railhawks: Newbold, Graye, Barnes, Danso, Brown, Callahan, Shriver, Videira, Geoffrey, Catchpole, Schilawski. Subs: Sanchez, Shuler, Fitzgerald, Bone, Ackley.

Burnley: Brian Jensen, Michael Duff, Clarke Carlisle, Steven Caldwell, Graham Alexander, Wade Elliott (Alex MacDonald 77), Joey Gudjonsson (Bes Berisha 70), Alan Mahon (Remco van der Schaff 45), Chris McCann (Kevin McDonald 27), Ade Akinbiyi (Martin Paterson 45), Robbie Blake (Jay Rodriguez 52). Subs not used: Christian Kalvanes, Steve Jones, Adam Kay.