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Huddersfield Town
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Burnley FC

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LOICK AYINA PLEASED WITH 2020/21 SEASON

3 May 2021

Defender on opportunities he’s seized this season

- Loick Ayina discusses wearing the Captain’s armband
- Defender enjoying his development with Town’s Academy
- Young Terriers in Clarets Cup Final action on Tuesday evening

Huddersfield Town’s Loick Ayina is pleased with the improvements he’s seen both in his game and personally throughout the 2020/21 season.

This campaign has seen the Young Terrier be an unused substitute for the First Team, train with them, and take the Captain’s armband for Under-17s and B Team fixtures.

He spoke to htafc.com about his development over the last year.

“It’s been a very good season for me.

“I’ve had the opportunity to be Captain, which gives me confidence, and I’m very happy with that.

“I was on the bench for the FA Cup game against Plymouth Argyle with the First Team and I play with the B Team a lot, so I’m very happy with my season.

“My communication is a lot better than it was last year. I’m also stronger on the pitch.

“I’d like to be on the bench more and do more with the First Team, but I know my time is coming so I just need to wait.”

Ayina discussed how playing for the B Team and training with the First Team has helped him grow as a player.

“I’ve become more mature.

“Before I only played with my age group, whereas now that I play with bigger players, I’ve had to take on maturity and concentration so that I can communicate with them.”

The Young Terriers are in Clarets Cup action on Tuesday evening when they host Burnley FC in the 2019/20 Final at the John Smith’s Stadium. The centre back was quick to comment on the benefits of playing at the stadium.

“It’s very good.

“It’s a good experience because although we won’t have fans, I want to play for the First Team in the future and so it’s a very good feeling for me to play at the stadium.

“I’m very happy we get to play there on Tuesday.”

The 18-year-old also took the time to comment on what he’d like to achieve next season.

“I want to be training every time with the First Team and play a game for Huddersfield Town.

“I want to continue playing every game well and be a good centre back for the Terriers.”

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Match Reports

REPORT: YOUNG TERRIERS 1-0 BURNLEY FC

4 May 2021

Victory for Young Terriers at John Smith's Stadium

- Huddersfield Town win 2019/20 Clarets Cup
- Ben Midgley took the Young Terriers ahead with penalty
- Well-deserved end to the season for side

Huddersfield Town’s Young Terriers won the 2019/20 Clarets Cup at the John Smith's Stadium on Tuesday evening with a 1-0 victory over Burnley in the final.

A 69th minute Ben Midgley penalty sealed the cup victory for the Young Terriers.

The previous season's tournament consisted of players aged under 17 at the beginning of last season.

Town stopper Nicholas Bilokapic produced a cup winning save in the 78th minute, denying late Burnley pressure.

The Cup final got off to a tense start with both sides reluctant to commit men forward in the early stages.

Town eased themselves into the game by dictating possession on the half-way line and building from the back in their robust 3-4-3 formation.

The Young Terriers found their first opening after five minutes as winger Myles Bright advanced down the left. The 18-year-old cut inside before curling an edge-of-the-box effort into the gloves of Sam Waller.

Town's constant pressure ensured their next opportunity would come just seven minutes later. Bright again found space wide right before linking up with Donay O'Brien-Brady whose inswinging cross was nodded wide by Shane Maroodza lurking at the back post.

The home side's best opportunity to take a first half lead came in the 32nd minute as Town attacked through the middle. O'Brien-Brady slid through Brodie Spencer from the edge of the box, but the wingback was denied by a late sliding challenge in front of goal.

Ernaldo Krasniqi attempted a trademark goal from distance in the 38th minute, however the Albian's effort sailed wide of the left post to leave the score goalless at the break.

Town resumed the second half on the front foot as Brahima Diarra found space to drive through the midfield in the 51st minute. However, the French man's effort from outside the box was lifted narrowly over the bar.

Myles Bright continued to cause problems for Burnley and almost put Town ahead after 62 minutes. The winger cut in from the left to curl a low shot narrowly wide of the bottom right corner with the 'keeper beaten.

Town took the lead in the 69th minute as substitute Conor Falls won a penalty ten minutes after leaving the bench. Falls dispossessed Burnley centre back Jake Rooney before being tripped by onrushing 'keeper Sam Wallace.

Midgley showed good composure to fire the spotkick into the right side of the goal having returned to the squad from a long-term injury just a month earlier.

Despite going behind, Burnley reminded the hosts of their presence in the 78th minute. Having won the ball back, forward Michael Mellon found space in the box to turn and shoot, but Bilokapic reacted well to palm the effort away.

Diarra had an opportunity to seal the victory for Town with three minutes to go. The midfielder's effort from the edge of the box lost pace as it skidded across the wet surface, allowing Waller to get a glove to it and keep it out.

The cup final was concluded by late controversy as Etienne Camara and Jacson Coppack were both sent off following a coming together in the 92nd minute.

Town’s Team (3-4-3)

Nicholas Bilokapic; David Adewoju (Charles Nduwuisi-Ondo, 84’), Etienne Camara, Loick Ayina; Shane Maroodza, Ben Midgley (c), Ernaldo Krasniqi (Conor Falls, 59’), Brodie Spencer; Myles Bright, Brahima Diarra, Donay O’Brien-Brady

Unused Subs

Michael Roxburgh, Josh Okpolokpo, Neo Eccleston, Sonny Whittingham, Charles Nduwuisi-Ondo, Michael Stone, Jeremy Stewart, Evander Grubb

Scorers

Ben Midgley (69’)

Town Red Card

Etienne Camara (90+3’)

Final Score

Young Terriers 1-0 Burnley FC

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