Sholing and Winchester put on a magnificent show at Winklebury Football Complex on Sunday evening with an exciting 5-5 draw and a nail-biting penalty shootout.
Winchester were the first out of the blocks with Lex Vaughan going close in the first minute and then Archie Garland opening the scoring in the fourth converting a long ball from close range.
It took just over a minute before Sholing equalised when Winchester's 'keeper Ben Dalgish was caught off his line and Charlie Severgnini knocked the ball home.
Winchester came back strongly when Ben Dukes fed Garland whose shot hit the post and then Vaughan put in a run but his shot was just wide. Winchester came closer a few minutes later when Dukes hit a post. They eventually took the lead again in the 28th minute when Dukes collected a through ball and scored from close range.
Winchester appeared to be on top until they were rocked by a red card for Vaughan ten minutes before half time which allowed Sholing to take advantage of having an additional player and Ben Taylor equalised with a close range shot in the 34th minute and they took the lead in the 43rd minute when Yumo Wan headed home a corner.
Winchester fought back and were awarded a penalty in the 51st minute converted by Dom Pilich to put them back on even terms.
Sholing soon hit back with Loic Tichuenkam taking advantage of a poor clearance netted from close range and went further ahead in the 70th minute which Twickenham scored again when the ‘keeper failed to hold a shot and blasted in the rebound. Winchester hit back immediately when Jacob Gilpin put in a penetrating run from the kick off and scored with a dipping shot to the top corner.
A few minutes before time, Sholing too were reduced to ten men with another red card and in the dying seconds, Winchester equalised again when Jacob Gilpin won the ball in the box and rolled the ball over line from close in, thus triggering the dreaded shoot out.
It was Sholing who dominated the shoot-out wining 4-1 to take the cup.
The match was sponsored by Savvy Accountancy Solutions and the Referee was Connor Stevens and his Assistants were Kobe Mullin and Archie Apps. The Fourth Official was Robert Crook.
The Player of the Match Award went to Sholing's Loic Tichuenkam.
Sholing Development : Toby Franks, Cody Judd, Josh Aldridge, Harvin Mandair, Pharrell Van Addison, Alex Cavenett, Lioc Tichenkam, Alex Earle, James Lipscombe, Jack Prichard, Ethan Moulder, Adam French, Callum Grigg, Josh Cavenett, Ben Taylor Hannes Ulbricht and Yumo Wan.
Winchester City: Ben Dalgish, Reece Kempton, Rio Hatch Bundy, Dean Frampton, Ryan Woodford, Louis Cox, Ben Dukes, Leon Baker, Archie Garland, Harry Roberts, Lex Vaughan, Konrad Szysko, Dom Pilch, Jacob Gilpin, Logan Dimond and Owen Lumsden