Ne-Jai Tucker scores in Burnley U23 win

Bermuda’s Ne-Jai Tucker scored for Burnley Football Club U23 as they played to a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

The club’s match report said: “Burnley started his Premier League Cup campaign with a thrilling 3-0 victory over Sheffield United at Chesterfield’s Technique Stadium with goals from Michael Mellon, Ne-Jai Tucker and Max Thompson.

“The Clarets lined up in 4-4-2 with Sam Waller in goal. The last four were Fin Armstrong, Bobby Thomas, Jacob Bedeau and Anthony Glennon.

“Ben Woods came in midfield alongside Tucker, Mark Helm and Owen Dodgson with Joe McGlynn partnering with Mellon up front.

“Sheffield United are playing their league games in the Professional Development League and Paul Heckingbottom’s side had already won their first game in this competition with a 3-1 victory over holding Everton.

But it was the young Clarets who took the advantage just after the half hour mark when Tucker’s precise cross found Michael Mellon at the far post. Mellon’s header gave United goalkeeper Marcus Dewhurst no chance for his 11th goal of the season at all levels.

“Mellon was about to add to that count after a good bonding game between him and McGlynn. A solid last-resort challenge from Harvey Cullinan turned Burnley’s number nine down.

“Burnley doubled his advantage two minutes before the break. Helm suffered a foul 22 yards from goal and Tucker curled up on a superb free kick which Dewhurst got his hands on but couldn’t hold it back.

“United’s best chance in the opening 45 minutes went to Ollie Arblaster but Waller turned it down with a nice save with his feet.

“Burnley made a triple substitution just after the hour mark. Jake Rooney, Ethen Vaughan and Max Thompson arrived with Thomas, Glennon and Dodgson.

“Almost immediately, Thompson made his mark finding McGlynn with a superb 40-yard pass, but under close attention the forward couldn’t find the target.

“Dewhurst had a superb double save against Deny Helm and Mellon whose header from close range seemed destined for the bottom corner.

Moments later Helm tried his luck again from a distance but saw his excellent left-footed effort shake the crossbar with Dewhurst well beaten.

“Burnley scored a third goal to seal the tie with eight minutes remaining when last season’s leading scorer, Thompson, touched Armstrong’s good low cross at home.”

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