Tommy Wood’s stoppage-time winner rewarded the Youth Team with their second Youth Alliance win of the season in Tuesday’s rearranged clash with Morecambe.
Burnley did it the hard way at Burnley Belvedere, seeing a two-goal lead courtesy of an own goal and U16 forward Tristen Jumeau cancelled out in the second half.
Strikes from the visitors, the first from the penalty spot, rocked the Clarets before Wood’s dramatic winner gave Burnley all three points.
The opener came seven minutes before the break, when Andreas Bianga found Tyler Shrimpton on the left flank, whose cross to the near post flew in via a defender’s deflection.
And just before the hour mark the Clarets were two to the good. Mark Howarth’s inch-perfect dink over the back four found Jumeau, who did well to intercept the Morecambe keeper’s clearance before slotting into the gaping net.
Howarth then literally handed the Shrimps away back into the game 20 minutes from time. His ball-to-hand was harshly deemed a foul and the resulting penalty was coolly tucked away.
And just two minutes later the visitors were level following a slick move, as a wonderful ball from the left was exquisitely volleyed past the hapless Connor King.
However, in stoppage time the drama continued. Clarets captain Shaun Hobson’s long-ball over the defence was pounced on by Wood, who lobbed the on-rushing goalkeeper and saw his winner nestle in-off the post.
Interim Youth Team Manager Andy Farrell said: “The win was good for the lads’ confidence and it was thoroughly deserved, as for most of the game we played the better football.
“When we went two goals up the game should have been dead and buried. Then a penalty didn’t go our way, which gets them back into the game, but we stuck at it and Tommy popped up with the third and that should give the lads a bit of a lift.
“We were a fairly young side with Oliver Young, Tristen Jumeau and Callum Styles all being U16s - and then the majority of the rest of the side were U17s. But the fact we more than matched Morecambe is great looking forward down the line.”