DALTON DYNAMOES and Rastrick Under 14s produced one of the top games of the season at Rawthorpe High School on Sunday.
And after 90 minutes of intense action Rastrick clinched victory after extra time.
Following the snow and rain of the previous few days it was touch and go whether the game would go ahead, but referee John Wilkins gave the ok and the crowd were treated to a classic Cup-tie.
Dalton knew they were in for a tough time against a Division I side filled with Cup-tie experience following Cup wins at Under 11, 12 and 13.
Division III title contenders Dalton elected to play with the strong wind at their backs and for much of the first half it looked a good decision, but the Rastrick defence of Andrew Wright, Josh Michaels, Joe Lawson and captain Joe Duffy were equal to the challenge.
But it was the wind that undid the defence and put the home side in front- Sam Tetley's 25th minute inswinging corner being swept in by the wind.
Spurred on by the goal, Dalton were unlucky not to extend their lead but keeper William Pitcher pulled off a superb stop to deny Jensen Williams and then Bradley Riley skimmed the top of the bar from 10 yards.
The game really moved into top gear in the second half and Rastrick were back on level terms within five minutes of the restart when a Matthew Richardson defence-splitting pass found Elliott Stoutt who gave keeper Jordan Grout no chance from eight yards.
The strong wind that helped Dalton take the lead in the first half was now to give Rastrick a helping hand when Pitcher's goalkick carried to the edge of the Dalton 18-yard box where Matthew Richardson's first-time shot flew into the top corner.
With the wind still blowing in the faces Dalton were under pressure and manager Nathaniel Prentice's decision to move Jaydon Williams out to the right wing paid dividends as the strong running midfielder discovered a new found freedom to give Rastrick something to think about, and it was fitting when his cross found Bradley Riley who turned a defender before firing left-footed into the top corner.
Rastrick might still have wrapped the game up in normal time but Dalton keeper Grout did enough to force a Richardson shot onto a post, and followed up by producing a tremendous save from Joe Lawson's spot kick after referee Wilkins had spotted a push in the penalty area.
The sticky pitch and blustery conditions had taken a heavy toll on tired legs but, as both sides continued their policy of all out attack and with both keepers in top form the entertainment was top class.
With the game on a knife-edge a brilliant Jensen Williams tackle deep in extra time looked to have sent the game to a penalty shootout but with just four minutes remaining Rastrick's Danny Cooke fired a looping long-range shot beyond the keeper into the top corner to give Rastrick the victory.
RASTRICK: James Hampton, William Pitcher, Joe Duffy, Matthew Richardson, Marcus Haigh, Matthew Siggins, Sam Coop, Phil Haigh (manager). Front: John Exton, Josh Michaels, Adam Clay, Elliott Stoutt, Danny Cooke, Joe Lawson, Andrew Wright, Toby Hornsby
DALTON DYNAMOES: Nathaniel Prentice (manager), Ben Moore, Bradley Riley, Sam Tetley, Jensen Williams, Jaydon Williams, Declan James, Darien Johnson. Front: Mervan Ibrahim, Danyaal Ahmed, Kyle Johnson, Jordan Grout, Josimar Bradshaw, Harvey Skayee