Football: Win to Otago side over Burnley

The Otago Super Cup youth side has claimed a massive scalp before its first match of the global tournament in Northern Ireland next week.

The under-17 side knocked over its Burnley FC counterpart 1-0 during a warm-up tour of Manchester.

It plays its first match of the tournament against the Californian side South Coast Strikers at Castlerock on Monday.

The Otago side struggled initially with the pace of the Burnley side, but no damage was done and it quickly found its feet.

After gaining parity, Otago then shocked the home side by scoring what would be the only goal of the match in a length-of-the-field effort.

A Burnley corner was deflected towards halfway and, when one its defenders misjudged a back pass, Otago striker Max Johnston pounced and guided the ball past the oncoming keeper.

Burnley threw everything it had at Otago but the young side held firm, often forcing the home side into mistakes while keeping its goal intact.

The side was guilty of hanging on to the ball too long at times, and nearly paid for it shortly after halftime when Burnley stole possession and put a header just wide.

But Otago, on the back of a standout performance from goalkeeper Stewart Catto, continued to deny the home side and even went close to scoring a second in the dying stages.

Coach Andy Duncan was glowing in his praise of Catto and said the keeper would no doubt have impressed the onlooking scouts.

"It's no exaggeration to suggest that Stewie could have caught some eyes of bigger clubs tonight.

"It was one of the best performances from a young goalkeeper that I've seen.''

Duncan also singled out defender Connor Phelan as a standout performer for his tenacious work at the back.

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