Rochdale bowed out of the Lancashire Senior Cup on Wednesday afternoon, after losing to Burnley in an entertaining 10-goal thriller at the Barnfield Training Centre.
Jimmy Keohane netted a brace in the 6-4 defeat, while Jordan Williams and Zach Clough bagged the other Dale goals, in a match where Rochdale were also twice denied by the woodwork.
Both sides led in the first half, but the teams went in tied at the interval. Burnley substitute Lewis Richardson netted a second half hattrick to secure the victory for the Clarets.
There were chances at both ends during the opening exchanges. The hosts’ Josh Benson hit wide of the target early on, before MJ Williams had an effort blocked behind from an Aaron Morley corner which was headed into the mix by Williams.
In the 13th minute, Brad Wade pulled off a stunning save to keep out a goal bound point blank header from Rob Harker.
Before Burnley took the lead nine minutes later, Williams had a headed effort held, while Rory Holden, from a clipped ball into the area by Clough, turned but couldn’t keep his shot down.
The deadlock was broken when Benson met a ball from Anthony Glennon, who squared for Dan Agyei to tap in from close range.
He doubled the hosts’ advantage moments later from the penalty spot after he’d been upended inside the area.
Wade kept Rochdale in the game when he got a leg to a Harker shot, when the Burnley man had got in one-on-one with the goalkeeper, and Dale went on to turn the game on its head in a frenetic four-minute spell.
Williams halved the deficit, slotting home after a sweeping move forward, before Keohane curled a wonderful effort into the top corner two minutes later. He netted a second in as many minutes with a close-range effort, after Aiden Stone had pulled off two tremendous saves to keep Rochdale out.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Bobby Thomas headed down and into the ground, taking the ball beyond Wade from a Glennon cross in from the left, levelling the tie up ahead of the break.
Moments earlier, the Dale ‘keeper tipped a free-kick, which was curled round the wall and
aimed for the bottom corner, round the upright.
HT | BURNLEY 3-3 ROCHDALE
After the break, Burnley’s half-time substitute, Richardson, had an immediate impact. He scored with his first touch of the game to put the Clarets back in front.
And he extended their lead two minutes later, firing home on the rebound after they were initially denied by the bar.
The game always looked like there was more goals in it and Clough came with inches of getting Dale back on level terms shortly after the hour, but his shot came crashing off the underside of the bar. However, the on loan Nottingham Forest forward got his name on the score sheet a minute later from the spot, after Rochdale were awarded a penalty for handball.
Dale had chances as the game progressed to find an equaliser to at least take the tie to penalties. Williams headed narrowly over the bar, Clough had an effort from the edge of the area held and Holden saw his shot kept out by the crossbar as the game entered the 90th minute.
But after Wade’s fingertips sent a Richardson shot round the post, the Burnley youngster made no mistake a minute later, completing his hattrick in stoppage time with a shot that found the bottom corner.
FT | BURNLEY 6-4 ROCHDALE
DALE XI | Wade, Matheson, Morley, MJ Williams, Hamzat, Dunne, Keohane, Adshead, Holden, Williams, Clough. Subs | Chalton, Hoti, Yonsian, Neild, Tavares.