FA Youth Cup 3rd Round Proper
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Weir 45, Ioannou 64, Love 72)
(Howieson 37, Gilchrist 67,80,112)
United were bundled out of the FA Youth Cup 4-3 by Burnley after extra-time with Jason Gilchrist completing his hat-trick on 112 minutes to cause a major shock.
3,146 fans were at Old Trafford to see the third round encounter with James Weir, Nicholas Ioannou and Donald Love scoring in normal time but Cameron Howieson’s first-half header and a brace by Jason Gilchrist forced the additional 30 minutes.
Paul McGuinness’ side took time to get into their stride on the big pitch despite some intricate passing and Adnan Januzaj showing off some clever flicks. The Clarets certainly did not look overawed by the big occasion and Pierluigi Gollini had to be alert to save at the feet of Gilchrist.
The visiting fans were unhappy when play continued with Nathan Lowe lying injured after miskicking a pass but Donald Love’s shot was blocked as the Reds pressed on. A promising one-two between Januzaj and Jack Barmby led to James Wilson floating a curler into Callum Jakovlevs’ arms and Barmby headed a Love centre onto the top of the net but the deadlock was soon broken at the other end.
Love conceded a free-kick on the left that was played into the near post by fit-again Lowe for captain Howieson to bury a close-range header. The goal was certainly not in the script and the Reds took time to regain their composure with plenty of passes being overhit and going awry.
Willowy midfielder Januzaj continued to provide a creative spark but an electrifying run only brought a corner and it was his smart backheel that led to the equaliser in first-half stoppage time. Weir fed Mats Daehli and continued his run as the ball was moved on to Januzaj to pick out the marauding midfielder and Weir supplied a tidy finish past Jakovlevs.
The leveller gave the hosts a boost after the interval and, after Wilson fired a rash shot off target, Ioannou found the net with an instinctive prod after Ben Pearson’s effort was cleared off the line. Yet Burnley remained a threat and Cameron Dummigan fired into the side-netting before Gilchrist was first to the rebound after Gollini pushed the ball into the air to make it 2-2.
Once again, the Reds responded in the right manner with Daehli teeing up Love for a full-blooded drive that found its way past Jakovlevs to regain the lead. Any hopes that would be sufficient to clinch a place in the next round proved unfounded as Declan Dalley, who had replaced the injured Ioannou moments earlier, put Gollini under pressure with a back-pass and Gilchrist won the tackle with the keeper to slip his second of the night into an unguarded net.
Daehli tried to inspire a late winner but scooped over the top before flashing a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Wilson had the final attempt of normal time but his powerful angled drive was well held by Jakovlevs.
The Reds continued to dominate in the first period of extra-time but Pearson’s shot was beaten away by Jakovlevs with the midfielder pulling up with cramp afterwards. Howieson gave Gollini an uncomfortable moment from long range but most of the chances were created at the other end with substitute Jack Rudge upset not to win a penalty and Wilson heading inches wide following a Januzaj centre.
Daehli was denied what looked a stone-wall spot kick after a mazy dribble but both teams looked leg-weary as the tie wore on. Out of nothing, Burnley conjured up a fourth goal with substitute Bradley Jackson getting away down the right to deliver a measured cross for Gilchrist to nod in for his hat-trick with eight minutes remaining.
Jakovlevs pulled off a remarkable double save to deny Wilson and Januzaj and then tipped a Liam Grimshaw shot around the post with his fingertips.
Daehli bent a shot wide so there was no way back and last year’s semi-finalists bow out at the first hurdle despite giving their all.
United: Gollini; Love, Grimshaw, Ioannou (Dalley 59), Rowley; Barmby (Rudge 55), Pearson (Byrne 114), Weir, Januzaj, Daehli; Wilson. Subs not used: Sutherland, Gorre.