BURNLEY booked a place in the FA Youth Cup fourth round thanks to Jordan Cropper’s late strike at Turf Moor.

It looked like extra-time was beckoning between Burnley and Leeds for the second time this season in a game of few chances until Cropper’s timely intervention.

These two sides had met at the Barnfield Training Centre just 48 hours earlier, but it was all change for the Clarets as they made 11 changes from the side that won that league game 2-1.

There was also a change in the dugout, with Danny Cadamarteri absent due to an elite coaching course that required 100 per cent attendance, meaning John Townson took charge of the team, with assistance from Michael Duff.

There were plenty of changes in the Leeds ranks as well and it was the visitors who started brightly, with Liam Kitching heading a corner wide after a sustained spell of pressure.

It was proving to be a half of few chances, with the Clarets steadying a rocking ship without threatening the opposition goal, and it was Kitching again who came close, nodding a second corner over the bar.

Burnley made a change at the break, with Kwazinkozi Mpofu coming on for Kian Yari as the Clarets went to a 4-4-2 and they immediately looked better for it.

McNeil, starting in a centre forward position, fired a left-footed half-volley narrowly wide and then followed it up with a shot on the turn that flew over the bar.

The switch had livened up the game at both ends and Scott Wilson did well to block an effort from Jack Clarke for the Whites.

Bobby Kamwa in Leeds’ midfield was proving an elusive customer for Burnley and he twice sent efforts from distance narrowly wide of the Clarets goal.

It was the visitors who had regained control as the half wore on and Adam Bruce was called into action to make a low save from former Barcelona youngster Dzoshkun Mihaylov’s shot from 12 yards.

Visting goalkeeper Harrison Male hadn’t had a save to make all night but he was powerless to stop Cropper’s crisp drive five minutes from time.

The 17-year-old right-back had been moved up front in the half-time reshuffle and he vindicated that decision by drilling a low shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner.

Bruce was needed to preserve that lead though, diving low to his right to push away Kamwa’s effort from the edge of the area before springing to his left to keep out Clarke's 25-yard free-kick in the final action of the game.

Burnley: Adam Bruce, Jordan Cropper, Oliver Younger, James Clarke, Scott Wilson, Tristan Jumeau, Dan Moss (Dylan Meredith 90), Ethan Kershaw, Jordan Barnett (Mitch George 70), Dwight McNeil, Kian Yari (Kwazinkozi Mpofu 46)

Subs not used: Kai Calderbank-Park, Jayden Major