THE Windsor Boys made the trip down to Brighton for the heavily-anticipated and record-breaking National School Cup semi-final against Shoreham Academy last Thursday.
It was Windsor that had the superior chances early on and it took 25 minutes for the pressure to pay.
Zeeco Talha played a cute pass into Adam Forder on the right and the midfielder struck the ball into the bottom corner to give the visitors the lead.
The tie was to-and-fro until inevitable late pressure from Shoreham. The home team threw the kitchen sink at it and, in the last depths of time added on, a bundle in the box so the ball pushed into the net, just before Windsor seemed to have won it.
The goal seemed very unfortunate due to the solidarity of the Boys defence and some show-stopping saves from Matteo Giacobbe until that moment.
VIDEO: Windsor Boys celebrate their National Schools Cup semi-final win at Shoreham Academy.
Early into extra time and Shoreham again snatched a goal. However, a wining run from left-back Luke Hayes led to a free-kick in the defensive third. Up-stepped in-form striker Jack Hall to whip the ball in at the back post, soaring over heads and landing in the top corner of the goal.
The seemingly defeated boys had revived their hopes and the tie went to penalty kicks.
Shoreham took the first and scored. Louis Maggs took the first for Windsor and nestled the ball into the bottom left. Shoreham scored again and the next two were missed.
Brad Birchmore blasted home, followed by Alfie to squeeze the ball past the keeper. After a Shoreham miss, unsung hero Hayes stepped up and placed the ball home.
Windsor are now into the National Cup final for the very first time in their history.