A late winner from Jadel Yaduat ensured Rochdale secured all three points whilst ending Carlisle’s unbeaten start to the Youth Alliance.
The first chance of the game came in the sixth minute when a short corner from Dale was crossed into the box which was met by Jesper Laurence who in turn found Peter Thomas and he headed just over.
On the eighteenth minute mark, came a flurry of chances for Dale in a chaotic few seconds as a couple of efforts were blocked before falling kindly for Anisio Jesus whose pass to Jordan Scanlon had a bit too much on it and it went out of play for a goal-kick.
Soon after, Dale had their first big chance of the game when Scanlon won the ball back from the visitors’ free kick high up the pitch and fed Thomas through leaving him one-on-one, but his effort was narrowly wide.
Nothing more to note in the second half meant the two sides went into the break without the deadlock being broken.
Nine minutes into the second half, Yaduat had a huge chance to put Rochdale ahead, but his effort was well-saved by the ‘keeper.
Seventy-one minutes in, Dale came so close to finding the opener but were denied by the woodwork this time. After Yaduat turned his man inside the box, he fired back across goal looking for the far corner, but the shot smashed the post before rebounding to Darren Ehimamiegho who curled his effort over.
Rochdale finally got what they deserved in the final minute when Scanlon split the defence open with a lovely ball through the last line of defence and Yaduat stayed composed with an emphatic finish to grab all three points.