Second string out of Barclays U21 Premier League Cup.
Burnley U21 2 Sunderland U21 1
Sunderland’s development squad suffered a late defeat in the Barclays U21 Premier League Cup at Burnley.
Craig Lynch gave the visitors a first-half lead before Luke Gallagher equalised with a fine effort from 25 yards.
Luke Conlan notched a 90th-minute winner for the Clarets, who progress to the last 16.
Ball made three changes to the under-21 side that lost 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion in their last league outing with Lee Cattermole, Cabral and Scott Harrison coming in to replace Liam Agnew, Duncan Watmore and Tom McNamee.
Lynch had a golden opportunity to open the scoring after just 55 seconds but he narrowly volleyed David Moberg Karlsson’s cross over.
However, he made amends in the tenth minute when he intercepted Conlan’s backpass and calmly slotted past Alex Cisak in the Clarets’ goal.
Gallagher went close to equalising almost immediately but, after he found space at the back post, he shot into the side-netting.
Joel Dixon was then forced into a neat save by Jamie Frost as the striker curled an effort from the edge of the area towards the bottom-left hand corner.
El Hadji Ba nearly doubled Sunderland’s advantage on 25 minutes as he broke into the area and forced a fine save from Cisak.
Steven Hewitt nearly beat Dixon with a 20-yard drive towards the bottom-left corner but the Middlesbrough-born stopper parried away.
Moberg Karlsson curled a free-kick over on the stroke of half time as the young Black Cats searched for a second goal.
Ryan Noble forced a smart save from Dixon when the former Black Cat saw his effort deflected off Harrison before Jason Gilchrist volleyed the rebound over.
Frost volleyed Cameron Dummigan’s deep cross over at the back post before the hosts equalised through Gallagher.
The winger cut in from the left and curled a fine effort beyond Dixon into his top left-hand corner.
The Clarets won the tie in the 90th minute when Kevin Long headed Howieson’s corner against the bar before Conlan volleyed home the rebound.
Sunderland: Dixon, Laing, Ferguson, Cattermole, Egan, Harrison, Mavrias (Honeyman, 83), Cabral (Agnew, 68), Lynch, Ba, Moberg Karlsson (Watmore, 56).
Subs not used: Stryjek, McNamee.