It was comfortably the most dramatic night Brunton Park has seen this season.

Carlisle United's FA Youth Cup first round tie against Oldham had everything.

Eight goals, a saved penalty, the woodwork hit twice, a 96th-minute goal from a goalkeeper...and a penalty shoot-out.

It ended in heartbreak for the young Blues as they lost 5-3 on spot-kicks after a 4-4 draw.

Photographer Barbara Abbott was at United's ground to capture all the action.

Things got off to the perfect start for Carlisle when highly-rated striker Sam Fishburn headed them into a third-minute lead...

News and Star: Sam Fishburn, left, celebrates his early openerSam Fishburn, left, celebrates his early opener

Fishburn met Charlie Watt's corner with a clinical header, to the delight of his team-mates...

News and Star: Sam Fishburn, left, celebrates his early opener with Jack EllisSam Fishburn, left, celebrates his early opener with Jack Ellis

News and Star: Sam Fishburn, second left, celebrates his early openerSam Fishburn, second left, celebrates his early opener

News and Star: Sam Fishburn and United team-mates celebrate the early openerSam Fishburn and United team-mates celebrate the early opener

It proved, though, a mixed night for Fishburn, who had a penalty saved by Luke Southerington when attempting to put Carlisle 2-0 up...

News and Star: Sam Fishburn's first-half penalty is savedSam Fishburn's first-half penalty is saved

Oldham then equalised just before half-time thanks to a Llyton Chapman goal.

News and Star: Oldham celebrate levelling just before half-time thanks to a Llyton Chapman goalOldham celebrate levelling just before half-time thanks to a Llyton Chapman goal

United, though, responded in the second half by restoring their lead - courtesy of a superb Charlie Watt free-kick.

News and Star: Charlie Watt celebrates his goalCharlie Watt celebrates his goal

Their second lead, though, was short-lived as Oldham's Jim Simms was quickly put clean through to make it 2-2

News and Star: Oldham's Jim Simms (hidden) makes it 2-2Oldham's Jim Simms (hidden) makes it 2-2

United, though, went on to take the lead a third time and looked set for victory when captain Jack Ellis converted another Watt set-piece from close range...

News and Star: Jack Ellis (No5) heads home for UnitedJack Ellis (No5) heads home for United

News and Star: Ellis, centre, turns to celebrate his goalEllis, centre, turns to celebrate his goal

News and Star: It seemed Ellis's goal had put United on course for victoryIt seemed Ellis's goal had put United on course for victory

Oldham, though, staged the most unlikely comeback with the clock ticking down. In the 96th minute, keeper Southerington came up for a free-kick - and met Harvey Vaughan's delivery with a superb scoring header at the Waterworks End. Shades of Jimmy Glass...

News and Star: Oldham keeper Luke Southerington, right, heads past United's Gabe BreezeOldham keeper Luke Southerington, right, heads past United's Gabe Breeze

That took the tie to extra-time, which saw Aaron Atkinson rifle Oldham in front, only for Fishburn to grab his second of the night to make it 4-4.

Penalties, then. Oldham scored first, and Fishburn, taking United's first kick, was once again denied by Southerington...

News and Star: United's players watch the penaltiesUnited's players watch the penalties

News and Star: Oldham keeper Southerington shows his emotions after denying Fishburn in the shoot-outOldham keeper Southerington shows his emotions after denying Fishburn in the shoot-out

All other penalties were successfully converted, meaning Isaac Modi's fifth Oldham effort proved decisive.

News and Star: Isaac Modi celebrates netting the crucial penaltyIsaac Modi celebrates netting the crucial penalty

It meant frustration for United and their coach Mark Birch - and joy for Oldham and their boss Selim Benachour.

News and Star: United's Mark Birch looks on as Carlisle lose out on penaltiesUnited's Mark Birch looks on as Carlisle lose out on penalties

News and Star: Celebrations for Oldham's coachCelebrations for Oldham's coach

It had certainly been an eventful introduction to Brunton Park life for new first-team boss Keith Millen, who sat with directors Andrew Jenkins, Steven Pattison and Nigel Clibbens, plus director of football David Holdsworth, to watch the game just hours after his appointment had been confirmed.

News and Star: Keith Millen, third from left, watches the game from the directors' boxKeith Millen, third from left, watches the game from the directors' box

For the under-18s now, it is back to league action. They take on Morecambe at home on Saturday, where they will look to bounce back from this eventful but ultimately heatrbreaking cup defeat...

News and Star: United celebrate their second goal - but went out of the FA Youth Cup in the endUnited celebrate their second goal - but went out of the FA Youth Cup in the end