Out on penalties for fifth successive year
By Tony Scholes
Updated Saturday, 21st January 2012
Burnley went out of the Youth Alliance Cup this morning, losing a penalty shoot out against Notts County, and that makes it five years in succession we've gone out of that particular competition in the same way.
|Adam Evans scored our first goal|
In 2007/08 goals from Chris Anderson and James Craggs earned us a 2-2 draw against Hartlepool United but we went out 5-4 on penalties, and a season later Oliver Devenney and Anderson again netted as we again drew 2-2, this time at Shrewsbury, before a 9-8 defeat in the penalties.
The last two seasons have seen Wigan get the better of us in a shoot out after 0-0 draws, 3-1 in 2009/10 and 3-2 in 2010/11, and when today's ended level and it was penalties again it was, unfortunately, the same result.
Twice Burnley had to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw. Adam Evans got our first equaliser when he ran on to a ball from Shay McCartan and lobbed the goalkeeper and after Notts County had again gone in front the same combination drew us level again, this time McCartan heading home an Evans cross.
It was 2-2 at half time and Burnley looked the most likely winners in the second half, but the closest we came was when Steven Hewitt hit the bar. However, to the shoot out it went.
After five penalties each it was 4-4. Hewitt, Archie Love, McCartan and Luke Conlan had all scored with central defender Jack Errington missing.
That took us to sudden death. Under-16 player Lewis Nuttall scored but Alex Mullin missed our crucial penalty enabling County to go through 6-5.
Burnley lined up: Ben Woodhead, Aryn Williams, Jack Errington, Ton Anderson, Luke Conlan, Alex Mullin, Steven Hewitt, Archie Love, Adam Evans (Cameron Howieson 65), Shay McCartan, Jason Gilchrist (Lewis Nuttall 78). Subs not used: Josh Cook, Charlie Holt, Alex Coleman.
The last time Burnley lost a Youth Alliance Cup tie in the 90 minutes was in October 2006 when a much depleted side, reduced to ten early in the game with a red card for Jack Overson, lost 8-2 against Stockport County. Our goalscorers were Chris Anderson and Jay Rodriguez.