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Youth Alliance Cup: Walsall 3 Burton Albion 1

Here is our Match Report from Saturday morning's EFL Youth Alliance Cup clash between Walsall and Burton Albion.
Earlier today, Walsall's Under-18s were back in action as they played host to Burton Albion Under-18s in their final EFL Youth Alliance Cup group game.

B.Ganley; Mason, Fisher, Bates, Leivesley, Kendrick, Cairns, K.Flanagan, Parker, O'Sullivan, Candlin

Substitutes: Rogerson; Massamba, Brown, Friel, McSkeane
Livesey; Cooke, Morley, Bromfrield, Lal, R.Ganley, Hart, Vale, Clamp, Melnado, Oddy

Substitutes: Fairbrother, Gilligan, Holmes, McDonnell, Hewlett

The young Saddlers haven't been in the best form so far this season and sat at the foot of their group heading into this morning's match, after securing just one victory from their three group games.

Visitors Burton Albion had also won just one of their three group games and, along with the Saddlers, had nothing but pride to play for.

The Saddlers created some good openings during the first forty-five minutes and could've taken the lead earlier in the half as Dylan Parker and Joe Cairns were both denied by Jack Livesey in the Brewers goal.

Walsall secured the game's opening goal with just a few minutes of the first-half remaining as Mitchel Candlin worked the ball across the box before cutting a shot past the goalkeeper to give his side a deserved advantage heading into the break.

The Saddlers doubled their lead just over ten minutes into the second-half as Kian Flanagan, younger brother of first-teamer Reece, received the ball from Dan O'Sullivan and went on to curl a sweet effort into the top corner leaving the 'keeper with no chance.

Burton's best chance of the game didn't arrive until midway through the second-half as Daniel Cook saw a downward header easily gathered by Saddlers stopper Brandon Ganley.

Walsall added to their lead after sixty-six minutes as Joe Cairns sent a low effort past the 'keeper after turning neatly on the edge of the area. A superb display from Biggs' boys as they looked to put the Brewers to the sword.

The Saddlers were unable to keep their sheet clean as Burton snatched a goal with just over ten minutes of the second-half remaining as captain Regan Ganley was able to head the ball home from a well-placed corner.

There were no further goals as the Saddlers secures a well-earned victory, and finish the group with a flourish.

3 - 1
Candlin (42')
K.Flanagan (56')
Cairns (66')
R.Ganley (79')

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