McNall shot 1-0
Half time: Magpies 1 Clarets 0
63 mins McNall header 2-0
77 mins Lamb header 2-1
83 mins N'Guesson shot 2-2
85 mins Metz shot 2-3
87 mins Sangare shot 3-3
90 mins Nabi shot 3-4
Full time: Magpies 3 Clarets 4
Maybe scheduling this game on a Friday afternoon was just asking for trouble.
Ahead at the interval - although the visitors had twice missed good chances
from set pieces - United seemed to believe that the tie was over when the lead
was doubled just after the hour, knocking off early for the weekend at that
Burnley however had a rather different work ethic; scoring four times in less
than quarter of an hour to leave Newcastle empty-handed after the opening game
of this season's Premier League Cup.
A sparse Whitley Park crowd saw striker Lewis McNall return from injury to put
his side ahead on 21 minutes, dispatching Jamie Sterry's
curling cross low and hard first time into the corner of the net.
Second best throughout the half, the Clarets could still have gone in level or
even ahead, with defender Harry Flowers twice finding himself unmarked at the
back post following corners but unable to direct his header goalwards on
Newcastle goalkeeper Paul Woolston was forced into action on 38 minutes to
deny Jamie Thomas, but his side could have been further ahead by then - had Mo
Sangare made contact with a centre from Craig Spooner that flashed across
goal, or Aiden Stone not reached Owen Bailey's header.
Chances continued to appear at both ends following the resumption, Tinashe
Chakwana somehow contriving to hit the crossbar from close range before
Sangare volleyed when well placed.
McNall's second goal arrived in the 63rd minute when he headed a centre past Stone, Dan
Barlaser the provider this time.
A flurry of substitutes followed - Burnley's two having a more positive effect
than Newcastle's pair. Within five minutes Harry Limb had marked his arrival
by heading a left wing cross back across Woolston for 1-2
An 83rd minute equaliser then arrived after United's defence switched off and the ball was walked
into the net by Christian N'Guesson. Within two minutes the visitors were ahead, a
high ball upfield into the United box misjudged by Josef Yarney, allowing the
lurking Khius Metz to fire home.
United looked to have salvaged a point with three minutes of normal time left,
Mo Sanagare forcing in substitute Mackenzie Heaney's corner.
The Clarets weren't finished though and won it with seconds remaining, a low
cross into the box from the left flank running loose before Rahis
Nabi turned it in to complete United's miserable afternoon.
Along with the Clarets, Newcastle's other Group D opponents are Swansea and Colchester.
The 32 team tournament begins with a group stage consisting of eight groups of
four, each team playing the other three teams in their group home and away. Eight group winners and eight runners-up
progress to the knockout
stages of the competition.