WINDSOR Cox Green Academy have exited the National League Alliance Cup this season after a 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat against Sutton United.

The second round tie ended 0-0 at Stag Meadow on Wednesday though both sides hit the crossbar and had other chances to win the match in normal time.

Ed Port came closest to scoring for Windsor when his left-foot free-kick from just outside the box rattled the bar after the break.

However, the tie went to penalty kicks where the Sutton keeper saved from Jack Denton before substitute Dan Roth hit the crossbar.

VIDEO: Windsor Cox Green Academy suffer a 4-2 defeat on penalties to Sutton United.

Academy head coach Jack Porter told the Observer: “It was a really entertaining game, quite an even match. The first half was 50-50 where we had three of four clear-cut opportunities to get a goal and made them resort to long shots.

“Sutton piled the pressure on in the second half because they’re a good team and edged it in terms of chances. They’re very athletic and quick over five-yards and we just needed to mix our game up a little bit more.

“All in all we managed it well and penalties are a difficult one, you can win them and you can lose them, but we’ve not been beaten so that’s the positive.

“You could say the result was fair because Sutton did edge it in the second half but if we put one of those chances away in the first half then the game changes - goals change games.

“We would have had enough to hold out in the second half even if it was a scrappy 1-0 win.

“These are big chances and we said at half-time when you get them you’ve got to take them because they might come back to haunt you. They did in terms of the final result with the penalties.

“If anyone says there’s no nerves going into a shoot-out they’re lying, but we were confident and the boys got each other going which was great. They took the pressure off each other almost.

“It’s one of those where you win them and you lose them and unfortunately we lost on Wednesday.”

He continued: “It’s frustrating because you always feel it works either way but the biggest thing is I’m pleased and proud of the boys.”

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