THE Windsor Boys School Year 11 football team continued their journey in the National Cup by beating Hounsdown School 2-1 last Thursday.
The win means Windsor have made it through to the last four in the country for the first time in 20 years.
It was clear from the start that both sides were nervous but Windsor had the edge in the first half creating some good opportunities however failing to convert.
That was until Louis Maggs slipped through a perfectly timed pass to Jack Hall who lobbed the keeper to give the home sie a narrow lead at half-time.
Hounsdown came out firing in the second half and, with the wind behind them, started to cause more problems for Windsor.
The pressure was soaked up and then from a Hall corner, Maggs slipped in at the back post to head the hosts into a deserved two-goal lead.
Into the last 10 minutes and Windsor were unlucky to be reduced to 10-men, and Hounsdown pulled a goal back with a penalty.
This led to a frantic last five minutes that felt like five hours but the boys held strong to claim their place in the semi-finals at Shoreham Academy yesterday (Thursday).
PHOTO: Jack Hall chips in the opening goal as Windsor Boys (yellow) beat Hounsdown at Stovell Road last Thursday.
All the boys were fantastic but the performance o Zeeco Talha at right back was outstanding, keeping Hounsdown’s main danger man quite all game, earning him man of the match.
Dan Woods is head of football at Windsor Boys. He told the Observer: “We played really well.
“The opposition were one of the hardest we’ve faced so far but the boys took control of the game towards the end of the first-half and for the majority of the second.
“We missed a penalty to go three goals ahead so it could have been a lot more comfortable, but we soaked up the pressure when they came back at us towards the end.”
Looking ahead to the semi-final, he said: “The boys are good enough but it depends on who turns up on the day.
“We know very little about Shoreham but have done some homework and there seems to be one player that scores all their goals.”
Windsor Boys have reached the National Schools Cup final after winning 5-4 on penalties at Shoreham Academy on Thursday.
Grab a copy of the Observer next week for a match report and reaction.