Left back Luke Conlan earned Burnley a home tie with Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round of the Under 21 Premier League Cup after a dramatic late winner against Sunderland on Tuesday night.
The Northern Ireland Under 21 international volleyed in right-footed after Kevin Long headed a Cameron Howieson corner against the bar, to make amends for an error that presented Kevin Ball’s Black Cats with the opener after nine minutes.
Sunderland, with midfielder Lee Cattermole handed a run out after his red card against Hull City in the Premier League earlier this month, had an early chance as Craig Lynch bundled the ball wide at the near post from David Moberg Karlsson’s low cross after Cameron Dummigan failed to cut out a pass.
But Burnley were the brighter, and Jamie Frost had a shot blocked after Jason Gilchrist and Luke Gallagher combined well.
However, Sunderland went ahead on nine minutes when Conlan, seemingly in control of the situation, played a back pass blind to Alex Cisak, and Lynch beat the Australian at his near post with a tidy finish.
The young Clsaarets continued to press, and Gilchrist sent a half volley just over before playing in Frost, whose shot was saved by Joel Dixon.
Midway through the half, Cisak was called upon to make a superb stop to his left, to deny France Under 20 international El Hadji Ba.
At the other end, Steven Hewitt, who was a driving force throughout, saw a 20-yarder parried by Dixon.
Gallagher then sliced a shot just wide from outside area, before former Black Cats striker Ryan Noble went down in the area under Cattermole’s challenge, with muted penalty claimed rightly ignored.
After the interval, Burnley pushed for the leveller, and Frost volleyed Gallagher cross wide of the far post, with better options inside.
Just after the hour, Gallagher produced a moment of class as he cut onto his right foot and lashes the ball past Dixon to even things up.
Cameron Howieson connectted well with a 35-yarder, but sent it straight at Dixon, while there was a scare when Sunderland substitute Duncan Watmore’s shot was deflected just wide off Long
But, at the death, Conlan rifled home to win it.