HIGHGATE United progressed to the JW Hunt Cup final on Tuesday night, after beating Atherstone Town 4-3 on penalties, following a 0-0 draw in normal time.
The semi-final was edged by the hosts, who were kept out by the heroics of Gate keeper Brad Catlow, but Highgate held on to edge the tie in the shoot-out.
McCauley Manning missed the opening spot kick for Highgate, but from there Isaac Jagroop, Stefan Moore and Jordan Goddard all fired their penalties home.
Mitch Thomson and Danny Harris had their spot kick’s saved by Catlow, allowing Marco Adaggio to step up and fire home the decisive winner.
It earns them a place in the final against either Tividale or Sporting Khalsa at Wolves’ Molineux ground on Monday May 13.
In the meantime, Highgate face three games in a week to round-off their MFL Premier Division campaign, starting with the final home fixture of the season against fifth-placed Shepshed Dynamo (3pm).
On Easter Monday, the Gate visit Stourport Swifts (3pm), before facing Worcester City in Bromsgrove at the Victoria Ground the following Saturday to end the league season.
Elsewhere, the club’s U21s side thrashed Milton Keynes College 6-1 in MFL U21 East.
Jordan Wells opened the scoring with a cool finish, before MK hit back with a leveller.
Lucas Cooke fired the Gate back in front from a free-kick, before Jack Cole made it 3-1 with a stunning strike inside the far post.
The hosts were reduced to ten men, allowing Highgate to continue to venture forward and notch further goals through George Robbins’ brace and a Jack Nicholls strike.
Highgate U21s boss Glen Adams was delighted by the performance of his side, but believes the Gate could have challenged at the top of the league had they avoided a slow start to the season.
“I thought we dominated the game from start to finish with such a mature display from lads so young.
“To think that, what on the day was an extremely ill disciplined MK side – who were going for runners-up spot, just shows that if not for our slow start to the season we could have achieved so much more.
“We know we can match any team in this division, and win, lose or draw, I know my players will always give their all.”