Taofiq Olomowewe scored a dramatic winner as Burnley’s U21s edged out Wigan in a ding-dong, nine-goal goal thriller at Christopher Park on Thursday.
The Clarets led throughout, but were continually pegged back by the hosts until Olomowewe, pictured above, struck the final blow three minutes from time.
Burnley made a fast start, going 2-0 up inside seven minutes.
Tinashe Chakwana crossed for Dan Agyei to open the scoring, before Chakwana himself doubled the Clarets lead with a close range header after good work from Tom Anderson.
Wigan pulled one back on 17 minutes, but Jimmy Dunne restored Burnley’s two-goal lead with another header on 36 minutes.
Burnley featured 10 scholars in this game, and a flurry of half time substitutes from both teams seemed to affect the Clarets more than their hosts.
And the home side levelled the scores at 3-3 with two goals in five minutes just after the interval.
However, to their credit Burnley rallied once more and first year scholar Dwight McNeil hammered in a left footed strike to restore the Clarets lead on 68 minutes.
It looked like Burnley would see the game out, but having missed chances to seal the match, Wigan scored the goal of the game with six minutes remaining as a 25 yard thunderbolt flew into the top corner, leaving Conor Mitchell with no chance.
Burnley though, came forward once again and were rewarded for their late pressure when Mark Howarth delivered a corner which fell to Olomowewe, who poked home the winner in the 87th minute - his first goal since signing for the club.
Burnley U21: Mitchell; Olomowewe; Anderson; Dunne; Birch; Bayode; Layton; Hendrie; Chakwana; Agyei; Massanka
Subs: Aghayere; Jumeau; Howarth; Jackson; Pingling; Wood; Mpofu; Shrimpton; McNeil