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Burke stars in 18s win

5 August 2014

Oliver Burke starred as Nottingham Forest U18s comprehensively cruised to a 3-0 victory over York City this afternoon.

Two first-half goals from the impressive Burke and an assist for Dylan Burns' strike added substance to their dominant display.  

The Reds' swapped sunny Valencia for the torrential downpours at the Nigel Doughty Academy for their penultimate pre-season friendly of the summer.  

Gary Brazil's men got off to the perfect start with a quick opener when Burke found room in the area and bundled home.   

The lead was soon doubled as Burke once again proved a thorn in the York six-yard box, finishing another scrappy opportunity past Josh Archer as the Forest camp began to smell blood.   

The explosive winger looked keen to get a first half hat-trick as he frequently tested the full-back with marauding runs to the byline, creating problems with his every involvement.   

Kasheme Walton nearly got in on the act following more good work from Burke but was denied by great reflexes from Archer.  

York continually struggled to cope with Forest's attacking strengths and allowed a flurry of chances fall to Walton, Burke and Ryan Yates.   

The Reds' Yorkshire opponents could barely get a foothold in the match, and Burns put the game beyond doubt midway through the second half.

The Kiwi latched on to Burke's neat pass and stroked the ball into the net, sending the keeper the wrong way.   

Substitute Gerry McDonagh came close to snatching a fourth but his well controlled volley was relatively comfortable for the keeper.   

The match fizzled out as both sides steadily made changes, with Forest looking the more composed unit, comfortably seeing out the game.  

Brazil's side next face Aston Villa at home in their final pre-season friendly of the summer, Saturday 9th August, 11am kick off.  

Starting XI: Tralist, Diallo, Iacovitti, Worrall, Kelly, Burke, Crookes, Burns, Yates, Austin, Walton

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