Tuesday 28th February 2012
Windsor FC suffered the heartbreak of a penalty shoot our defeat in their Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy Semi Final at Abingdon Town.
Looking to secure their first Cup Final place in their first season, Windsor got straight down to business.
Ben Porter played the ball into the corner for Michael Chennells. His cross found Leeyon Phelan who brought the ball down for Ryan Ashe and he slammed the ball past Gareth Walker.
Abingdon came very close to pulling level soon after when Corey Forbes corner found the head of Mark Janes only for his effort to be cleared of the line.
Windsor went straight up the other end, won a corner and doubled their lead.
Joe Chandiram sent the ball into the area where it was cleared as far as Ashe and when his effort was blocked Phelan was able to hit a strike in off the post.
Moments later Forbes latched onto Lance Williams' cross to hit low past Rob Bullivant to pull a goal back.
Adam Lovegrove Should have levelled the scores when he was clean through but sent his effort wide of the post.
Windsor restored their two goal cushion when Chennells eventually bundled Jake Parsons corner over the line.
Windsor Manager Keith Scot was then dismissed from the dug out for comments to the officials.
Just before half time Lovegrove halved the deficit again when he struck for the edge of the area to end an interesting first half.
Windsor looked to increase their lead at the start of the second half and came close when Walker denied Chennells after being setup by Phelan.
Abingdon weren't going to down without a fight and a mistake from George Gould let Kieron Davis through but he sent his effort over the bar.
Midway through the half and Abingdon finally got themselves level when Jamie Munday was able to pick the ball up on the halfway line and run to the edge of the area before hitting a low shot past Bullivant.
Windsor really turned up the pressure in the final 10 minutes with Chennells putting an effort just wide, Ryan O'Toole having a goal disallowed for handball and then having the most blatant penalty turned down.
Ryan parsons free kick fell nicely for Ben Porter whose shot was stopped on the line by the hand of Dan Warne. The referee claimed it hit his chest, one assistant said it hit his shin and the assessor said it hit his thigh.
With no further goals the math headed for extra time with the only chance of the first period falling to Porter who hit a 35 yard effort that Walker did well to tip over the bar.
The second period saw Windsor reduced to 10 men when George Gould was sent of two challenges on Davis in as many minutes and despite a late double chance from Lewis Gabbidon and Kieron Davis the match went to penalties.
Dan Warne and Jamie Munday dispatched Abingdon's first two penalties as did Andrew Fagan and Ryan Ashe for Windsor.
Mark Janes put away the home sides third but Joe Chandiram's effort was saved by Walker.
Daryl Harris made no mistake with Abingdon's fourth leaving Windsor skipper Ryan Parsons to score to keep them in the tie but again Walker saved to earn Abingdon a place in the final.