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ACADEMY REPORT & GALLERY | BURTON ALBION 0-3 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

6 November 2021

BURTON Albion's Professional Development Phase team were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup after a 3-0 defeat at the Pirelli Stadium against Sheffield Wednesday U18s.

An own goal after five minutes set the tone for an evening where things didn’t quite fall for the Young Brewers, before Rio Shipston and Leojo Davidson secured the win for the visitors.

Wednesday had the first chance of the evening, as a wide free kick was met by Bailey Cadamarteri whose near-post effort was well saved by Daniel Moore.

It was the away side who opened the scoring as a cross came in across goal and Ben Radcliffe’s attempted clearance went the wrong way and beat Burton goalkeeper Daniel Moore.

The visitors had gotten off to a good start and almost made it two in spectacular fashion as Murtadha Al-Jahadh-my cut onto his right foot and fired just over the bar.

Burton had their first real opportunity after 13 minutes, as Charlie Williams won himself a free kick around 25 yards out, but his effort was straight at Jack Hall.

Leojo Davidson caused the Young Brewers some problems in the early goings, and he almost helped Wednesday to a second, but Al-Jahadhmy’s shot was well wide.

Chances were few and far between for the next 15 minutes as Burton worked hard to make Wednesday uncomfortable and get a hold onto the game.

It was the away side who scored next as Rio Shipton was brought down by Ben Maginness to give them a chance from the spot.

Leojo Davidson stepped up and slotted the ball down the middle as Moore dived to his left, and the Wednesday lead was extended.

The visitors almost made it three after 38 minutes as a Caelan Kilheeney corner was met by Shipston, but his header was over.

Despite being two goals down, the Young Brewers continued to press with energy and intent, and this almost led to a chance as Callum Niven intercepted the ball but was stopped by a great tackle from Sean Fusire.

It was a quiet opening 10 minutes to the second half as Sheffield Wednesday controlled the tempo of the game as it just wasn’t quite falling for the Burton.

Davidson got down the visitor’s right wing and managed to drill a cross in, which was met confidently by Moore.

Wednesday had another half-chance as Cadamarteri cut inside onto his right foot and hit the side netting.

Burton continued to put pressure on the away side’s defence and Niemczyk’s pressure almost resulted in a back pass from the opposition.

Although Wednesday were controlling the tempo of the game, the Brewers defence held firm and tackles from Tommy Hill and Huw Emery prevented the away side from creating any chances.

Joseph Nyahwema almost carved out a chance for the home side but his cross was kept from Niemczyk due to some good defending from Joshua Ashman.

The home side continued to claw their way back in the game as Charlie Williams played through John-Joseph Power but his attempt on goal was blocked.

Burton almost pulled one back as Jakub Niemczyk drilled a ball across goal which fell nicely to Nyahwema, but his placed shot was just wide of the goal.

The Young Brewers were offered some hope on the 82nd minute as Rio Shipston was sent off for a very strong challenge on Nyahwema, which brought Wednesday down to 10 men.

Despite going down to 10 men, it was the away side who scored next as Davidson fired past Moore after a well-worked team move.

That goal took the sting out of the Burton comeback and Wednesday managed to control the game for the remaining minutes.

Burton’s Professional Development’s Phase side turn their attention back to the EFL Youth Alliance as they look to extend their unbeaten league run to three as they welcome Grimsby to St George’s Park on the 12th of November.

BREWERS: Moore, Maginness (Bennett 83), Hill, Hazzell, Emery, Radcliffe, Niemczyk (Robinson 90), Williams, Niven, Power (Pace 87), Nyahwema. Subs not used: Laban (GK), Lewis, Noon-Brandy, Scott.


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