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Report: Bristol City Under-23s 3-1 Burnley Under-23s

Diego De Girolamo scored a hat-trick as City Under-23s beat Burnley at a busy Ashton Gate.

Fresh off the back of the club’s Open Training Session, a bumper crowd stuck around to cheer on Luke Williams’ young side.

Italian youth international De Girolamo scored twice in the first half, either side of Jamie Thomas’ well-worked goal for the visitors.

De Girolamo then sealed the win at the death with his hat-trick goal - and certainly the pick of the bunch.

Matty Taylor continued his comeback from injury by completing 67 minutes and he combined with De Girolamo for the first goal after just five minutes.

Scott Golbourne’s ball into the box was controlled brilliantly by Taylor, who then shuffled it across goal for De Girolamo to slam into the net off the underside of the bar.

The Clarets were back on level terms soon after as Tinashe Chakwana slipped Thomas clean through and he slotted under the onrushing Max O’Leary to equalise.

When Taylor’s shot from an acute angle was parried out by Aiden Stone on 37 minutes, De Girolamo looked destined to tuck away the rebound, only for Ali Koiki to make a goal-saving clearance with a diving header.

However, moments later Nurse cut in from the flank and picked out De Girolamo in the box for his second goal, swept home with his favoured left boot.

De Girolamo was cruelly denied his hat-trick before the interval. Following up his own parried attempt, the young forward sent a looping header back towards the net. It looked destined to drop in, only to be nudged over the line by Edwards – prompting the offside flag to be raised.

Chances were few and far between after half-time and City had to wait until a minute from time before De Girolamo sealed the win with a stunning side volley from the edge of the box which flew into the net.

City Under-23s: O’Leary, Vyner, Plavotic, H.Smith, Golbourne, Edwards, Dowling, Richards (Morton 67), Nurse (Nurse 79), De Girolamo, Taylor (Akpobire 67). Subs not used: Sesay, Parsons.

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