Former Mosgiel player Cameron Howieson has just
experienced something relatively uncommon for footballers.
A victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Howieson, who turns 18 later this month, was part of the
Burnley youth side which scored an upset 4-3 win over the
Manchester United youth side in the FA Youth Cup.
The victory was at Old Trafford, United's home ground, and
Howieson, who captained the team, helped himself to the first
goal for Burnley, which secured its win in extra time.
Burnley had made the semifinals of the FA Youth Cup last year
and is hoping to go just as far if not further this season.
It was the first win by a Burnley team, at any level, at Old
Trafford for 37 years.
Howieson's father, Dave, said his son was over the moon about
the win and after the game got to meet Manchester United
manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who congratulated him on his
It was not Howieson's first game on Old Trafford. He played
the second half for New Zealand against Brazil at this year's
Howieson, who usually plays on the left-hand side of
midfield, made his first team debut for the Burnley side in
the Championship last season, becoming the youngest New
Zealander to play professional football in England.
Dave Howieson will travel to the United Kingdom next week to
see his son and also watch him play over the busy Christmas
Cameron's girlfriend, Laura Merrin, who played for New
Zealand at the under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan in September,
will also travel to the United Kingdom.
Howieson has not played for the first team so far this season
and appears to have fallen out of favour with new Burnley
manager Sean Dyche, who replaced Eddie Howe in October.
Howe left Burnley to return to Bournemouth where he had
previously been a player and manager.
Burnley is just below mid-table in the Championship.
His father said his son really enjoyed the set-up at the club
and the only drawback was the weather.
Howieson, who spent two years at the Asia-Pacific Football
Academy, was signed with the club in northern England until
He is due back in New Zealand at the end of the northern
season, and will most likely be selected for the New Zealand
under-20 side to play in qualifiers and then the finals in
Turkey in the middle of next year.