THE bragging rights were shared as Burnley Under-23s and Blackburn Rovers Under-23s played out to a 1-1 draw at the Tameside Stadium.

Rovers, who have already progressed to the last 16 of the Premier League Cup, saw Daniel Pike give them the lead before Joel Mumbongo levelled it up in the second half.

Blackburn will host Wolves in the next round as the Clarets bow out at the group stage phase.

It took just six minutes for the opening goal to come at the home of Curzon Ashton, left-back Pike slightly fortunate to get his name on the scoresheet as his overhit cross flew beyond Lucas Jensen and into the top corner of the goal.

After the goal, the game became pretty even with both sides trying to get control of possession.

Blackburn looked the more dangerous of the two sides, Burnley’s starting XI featuring eight scholars.

The Clarets were then presented with a good chance from a free kick on the edge of the Rovers 18-yard box, but Ne-Jai Tucker whipped it just over the bar.

Their best chance of the half fell to Chris Conn-Clarke after some good work down the right side. A ball was sent into the box and Conn-Clarke hit it first time from an angle, but Joe Hilton turned it behind for a corner.

The trickey Dmargio Wright-Phillips was shown a booking 30 minutes into the match for going down easily in the Burnley box, the referee deemed it to be simulation.

In the final few minutes of the first period, Stefan Mols struck the post after finding plenty of space in the Burnley half.

The youngster cut inside on his right foot and let fly, but he couldn’t beat the frame of the goal.

Max Thomson came close for Burnley with the last action of the half as his effort from 20-yards went just wide of the post.

The second half started with Burnley on the attack as they looked to find a way back into the game.

Mols however had a fantastic opportunity on the hour mark to double Rovers’ lead, but he smashed his shot over the bar from 10 yards out.

Substitute Mumbongo then showed fantastic pace and power to drive beyond the Rovers defence to then slot beyond Hilton to level things up.

Both sides pushed for a winner to give themselves the all-important bragging rights over their fierce rivals, but it wasn’t to be for either side.

Burnley XI: Lucas Jensen, Kane Patterson, Ali Koiki, Corey Brennan, Bobby Thomas, Eden Pruti, Ne-Jai Tucker, Ben Woods, Joe McGlynn, Max Thomson, Chris Conn-Clarke

Subs: Harry Allan, Joel Senior, Jake Rooney, Dylan Moonan, Joel Mumbongo

Rovers XI: Joe Hilton, Tyler Magloire, Daniel Pike, Benjamin Paton, Flavien-Enzo Boyomo, Louie Annesley, Dmargio Wright-Phillips, Jared Harlock, Samuel Burns, Stefan Mols, Luke Brennan

Subs: Jalil Saaoi, Aidan Dowling, George Wyatt, Zak Gilsenan, Samuel Durrant