Burnley’s Youth Team are through to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after a deserved 2-1 victory against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadows.
Two goals in the first half from Ntumba Massanka, then Bradley Jackson, put the Clarets in control, before the Dons grabbed a late goal to set-up a tense last 10 minutes.
In the opening half hour, Burnley had several chances to take a merited lead as the visitors constantly threatened.
Jamie Frost was the first to test Billy Bishop in the Dons’ goal. The winger was on the end of Christian Hill’s fine diagonal ball, before forcing a decent save from the stopper 19 minutes in.
Five minutes later Burnley were on the attack again. Massanka powered behind Wimbledon’s back-line and rounded the keeper, but unfortunately the striker saw his effort well-turned round by Bishop.
The woodwork prevented the long awaited opener as Jackson then beat two men in blue, before his 25-yard strike cannoned out for a goal kick off the crossbar on the half hour mark.
But Burnley eventually took the lead three minutes later. Jackson whipped in an inch-perfect cross into the mix and Massanka gleefully buried his header past Bishop.
Jackson then doubled Burnley’s advantage five minutes before the break. The winger-cum-striker nodded home Frost’s well-worked corner to put the Clarets into a comfortable position going into half time.
Shortly after the restart Burnley were forced to make two changes. Goalscorer Massanka and right-back Haman El-Fitouri limped off and were replaced by debutant Billy Grogan and striker Khius Metz.
One of few Wimbledon chances soon fell to Neset Bellikli. The forward tried his luck from outside the box and his powerful strike whistled just over the crossbar.
And following three glories chances to seal the victory with a third goal, Wimbledon clawed their way back into proceedings 11 minutes from time through Egli Kaja.
The winger beat Burnley’s defence for pace before coolly slotting home past Tony Aghayere.
And the Clarets were then forced to see out a late onslaught to earn a place in the fourth round.
Burnley: Aghayere; El-Fitouri (Grogan 55), Hobson, Azam, Nugent; Frost (Dolling 89), Wilson, Bianga, Hill; Jackson, Massanka (Metz 50)
Subs: King, Crawford.
Goals: Massanka (33), Jackson (40)
AFC Wimbledon: Bishop; Wilson, Roles, Sweeney, Smith (Batchelor 76); Kaja, Egan (Stripp 70), Frost, Haines; Agyei, Bellikli (Ano 87)
Subs: Mannion, Bowers.
Goals: Kaja (79)