10:30 14th November 2016
by Ellis Lee
The Clarets suffered late disappointment as Rochdale claimed an 87th-minute winner to book their place in the northern section semi-final of the Youth Alliance Cup with a 2-1 victory.
A Tommy Wood goal cancelled out Rochdale’s first-half opener but Neil Kuemo’s last-gasp winner ended Burnley’s cup hopes.
Dale had the first chance of the game but Joe Piggot was unable to convert Raphael Chea’s fine cross.
The away side dominated the early stages of the game and went ahead when winger David Owusu weaved his way through before firing past Connor King (above)
The Clarets then got their first chance of the game when Ali Koiki worked well out wide before squaring the ball to Tinashe Chakwana, who forced a smart save out of Elliot Wade.
Rochdale went close to a second goal when Neil Kuemo's cross was cleared by Scott Wilson at the back post as it looked to be going in.
But Burnley made it 1-1 when Olatunde Bayode found Chakwana at the back post and although his shot hit a post, the ball rebounded to the feet of Wood, who slotted past Wade to level the tie.
King kept it that way as he denied Kuemo after he raced clear and Michael Duff’s side looked like they would win it with a chance for Tinashe Chakwana.
But, after being found by James Clarke's header, the striker put his close-range effort over the bar
And with three minutes to go the Clarets suffered a knock-out blow when Kuemo collected the ball outside the box and fired past King to take Dale through.
Burnley: King, Clarke, Wilson, Younger, Koiki, McNeil (Jumeau 15), Howarth, Fenton (Shrimpton 72), Chakwana, Bayode, Wood (Pingling 68). Subs not used: Wusiewicz, Mpofu.