DRIGHLINGTON sprang something of a surprise with this Under 15 Cup first round success.
Emley had already beaten the home side 6-1 earlier in the season and were riding high in third place in Division I, but Drighlington defied their lowly position to grab a tremendous victory.
Emley had hardly settled when a defensive error allowed Ben Garner to fire home the opening goal from eight yards.
Sam Lowrey and Johnny Blatchford caused the visitors all kinds of problems but, after looking vulnerable in the first 15 minutes, Emley's Leo Driscoll and Oliver Davidson finally got a grip in midfield and the powerful Driscoll was only prevented from equalising by the excellent Sam Bamford in the Drighlington goal.
Emley continued to threaten throughout the rest of the half but a superb strike from Garner into the top corner doubled the lead.
Garner had the chance to settle the issue 60 seconds after the re-start but, with only the keeper to beat, his shot flew over the bar.
The game was now turning into a classic cup-tie as both sides realised that a goal either way could turn the game.
Chris Calvert began to find space on the left for Emley but a series of crosses and corners came to nothing as Drighlington defenders Kyle Laycock and Blatchford blocked everything that Emley could throw at them.
With Emley pressing forward at every opportunity, James O'Neil took advantage of the space and only some careful defending by Dominic Vining and Josh Moorvy stopped the Drighlington midfielder from increasing the home side's score.
Driscoll and Blatchford tried to get Emley back in the game but their long-range shots flew high and Driscoll was thwarted again when keeper Bamford pulled off a superb stop at the feet of the big striker.
The game was now in top gear but as Emley's efforts went unrewarded tempers began to flare and referee Ian Johnston booked Emley's Moorvy and Drighlington's Chris Ward to calm things down.
Another Drighlington break away resulted in Moorvy bringing down Reece Maryniak in the area and, while Moorvy was lucky not to be sent off, his side were even luckier when keeper Dominic Hanson tipped Kyle Laycock's spot kick over the cross bar.
Emley were finally rewarded for their efforts when Mark Floyd turned home a Driscoll free-kick, but despite Emley pressure Drighlington held out.