JAZMIN Brown pulled off two crucial penalty saves to help Dalton Girls into the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Under-14 County Cup with a shoot-out victory away to FC Bury.

Last Sunday’s quarter-final was played on the 3G pitch at Little Lever School in Bolton and Dalton found themselves up against a team who were top of the South Manchester Girls League having won all 10 of their games so far.

Blossom Howell went close for the visitors early on, but it was Bury who took the lead when they got one-on-one with Brown and finished.

Brown made several good saves to ensure Dalton were only 1-0 down at the break, but the hosts went two up soon after the restart thanks to a header.

This was the first time Dalton had found themselves two goals down this season, but they rallied and some neat football released Amelia Jepson to pull one back.

Goalkeeper Brown again came to the fore for Dalton and with 10 minutes to go, Howell found herself in space to net the equaliser.

Neither team could find a winner, so the match went to penalties and Brown stepped up to the mark again, making two saves with the other two spot kicks being missed as Dalton won 2-0.

Jepson and Hannah Briggs were the penalty scorers for Dalton, who now face either Preston North End, Blackpool or Hindley in the semi-finals.

* THE cold weather was the only winner in the Barrow & District Junior League last Saturday, with just one game taking place.

That was in the under-12s division, where Crooklands Casuals beat Walney Island 2-1.

Luke Clinton put Crooklands ahead with a solo effort which saw him pick the ball up in Walney’s half and race away to score.

Just before half time, the visitors were back on level terms when Brad Warne fired home after Cassies’ defence had blocked two shots.

The winner came 15 minutes from time when Max Pucknell picked up the ball on Crooklands’ right and drove forward, followed by finishing past Walney’s goalkeeper from a tight angle.