Waltham Forest came out on top of a hard-fought local derby played in the best of sprits.

Both teams were well fired-up for the occasion, but real chances were hard to come by in the first half. Nicki Dembele had Forest’s best half-chance, but couldn’t really test the keeper from a tight angle.

At the other end Mohamed Ahmed had to be alert to keep out a number of long-range efforts.

The second half continued end-to-end much in the same way as the first, but it was Wadham who had the first real chance of the game, when Jordan Mikele’s goal-bound header was acrobatically cleared off the line by Stags skipper Josh Banton.

This proved to kick-start Forest, and it wasn’t long before Skirmantas Balauka’s inch-perfect cross was headed in by Salif Konate.

With 10 minutes to go Wadham got back into the game courtesy of a neat one-on-one finish from Vladut Sighiarty.

With the game ending in a draw, penalties followed, in a contest which twisted and turned.

After Wadham opened the scoring, Kobi Ambrose finished coolly into the top corner. Wadham missed their next, but so did Olu Oluwatimilehin who scuffed his kick against the post.

Josh Banton scored for Forest, but Azhar Masoud saw his effort saved, to level the score at 3-3 with five penalties taken each.

Wadham scoring their fifth meant Ahmed Mohammed had to score to keep Forest in the tie, which he did, smashing his penalty into the roof of the net.

Salif Konate then repeated Mohammed’s feat, before Wadham’s seventh penalty was blazed high over the bar. Yannis Ambrosine then stepped up and made no mistake, smashing an unstoppable penalty home to send Forest into the semi-final of the Gordon Brasted Trophy.

For Forest, it was a deserved win, and a first shoot-out victory since an FA Trophy defeat of Ashford Town in 2007.

Forest will play Eton Manor in the semi-final on Monday 3 April.

Great performance today. Qualified to semi final #team #football #cupgames

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