Burnley were knocked out of the under-21 Premier League Cup after a hard-fought contest against Manchester City.
Andy Farrell’s side had equalised twice in this semi-final tie before Sinan Bytyqi’s winner fifteen minutes from time sent the Blues into the deciding round of the competition.
Cameron Dummigan and Jason Gilchrist were on target for the Clarets.
Manchester City will now face Reading in a two-legged final of the inaugural edition of the under-21 Premier League Cup.
The Clarets began the game on the front foot and pressured a City side that deployed a 4-3-3 formation high up the pitch from the off.
However, the first chances of the match came the way of the Blues.
On 8 minutes, Bytyqi pulled the ball back for Seko Fofana whose shot from the edge of the box skimmed the post.
A minute later, City took the lead when Bytyqi found space on the right side of the penalty area before producing a precise finish into the far corner of the goal.
Burnley responded quickly, though. Steven Hewitt’s curled effort did not miss the target by much.
As the first half went on, the Citizens were enjoying more and more possession with the Clarets looking to threaten on the break.
However, it was from a positional attack that Burnley equalised on 21 minutes.
Dummigan’s strike from outside the penalty area surprised everyone, including the Manchester City goalkeeper Ian Lawlor to put the Clarets level.
The hosts attempted to regain the lead quickly. Gregory Leigh had a header off target following a corner before Olivier Ntcham’s effort from just outside the box was deflected wide by one of his teammates.
On 35 minutes, Fofana had another strike, this time from long range that Daniel Nizic did well to turn behind in the Burnley goal.
Five minutes later, the Blues went in front again. Captain Shay Facey slipped Bytyqi through down the right flank and the Austrian’s low ball across goal was turned home from close range by Jordy Mayifuila.
After the restart, City looked to put the game out of the Clarets’ sight when Mayifuila missed the target by a whisker following another dangerous attack on the right.
However, Burnley searched for an equaliser, too. Cameron Howieson had a free-kick shot comfortably saved by Lawlor on 53 minutes.
Shortly past the hour-mark, Mayifuila could have sent the Blues into a two-goal lead, but the striker fluffed his lines from a good position.
On 65 minutes, the Clarets equalised one more time.
A floated ball in from the corner was headed back across the goal at the far post, straight into the path of Gilchrist who volleyed it into the back of the net from close range.
And Tom Anderson had a header on target following another set piece just moments later. This time, Lawlor made a save.
On 72 minutes, Manchester City manager Patrick Vieira brought on Marcos Lopes who had played in a first-team FA Cup tie against Watford earlier on this season.
And just three minutes later, the Citizens took the lead for the third time when another low ball in from the right was turned home by Bytyqi at the far post.
And the Austrian was close to a hat-trick when he cut inside from the left and struck the ball against the crossbar on 79 minutes.
Despite showing plenty of determination to find yet another equaliser, Burnley were unable to force extra-time and prolong their great journey in the competition.
Man City: Lawlor – Bossaerts (Drury 61), Facey, Plummer, Leigh (Tasende 46) – Ntcham, Glendon, Fofana – Bytyqi, Mayifuila, Cole (Lopes 72).
Subs: O’Brien, Denayer.
Burnley: Nizic – Dummigan, Anderson, Coleman, Conlan (Daly 83) – Evans, Lowe (Frost 69), Gallagher, Howieson – Hewitt, Gilchrist.
Subs: Jakovlevs, Errington, Massanka.
Goals: Bytyqi 9, 75, Mayifuila 40 – Dummigan 21, Gilchrist 65.
Bookings: Fofana – Anderson, Hewitt.