TWO late goals broke Highgate’s hearts as they lost 3-2 to Causeway United on Tuesday.
The disappointing defeat was the first of the year for Peter Frain’s men and they will be looking to bounce back when they visit Barwell tomorrow who are unbeaten at home.
Jake Sammons put Highgate ahead after 19 minutes before Danny Jones equalised shortly after the break.
Highgate looked destined for a point before Sean Howe tucked away a penalty a minute before full time.
Howe then added another a minute later and Scott Turner pulled one back deep into stoppage time.
The defeat ended Highgate’s five-match winning streak after Neil Kitching’s late goal moved them up to 14th in the table with a 1-0 win over local rivals Studley.
Elsewhere in the Birmingham Junior Cup Quarter final, hat-tricks from Ben Ince and Ryan Long helped them to hammer hapless Shilton 10-1.
Ince grabbed his trio of goals in less than an hour to add to Paddy Fanning’s strike.
Simon Jamieson scored a brace before Shilton pulled back a late consolation.
Long went on to complete his hat-trick after substitute James Cartland had got his name on the score sheet.
Silhill had Andy Masters to thanks as he produced a hatful of saves to send then into the semi-finals.
Despite the hosts throwing everything at Silhill, Masters held firm to force the tie into extra time.
The decisive goal came ten minutes into the first period of extra time, when a slide-rule pass by Andy McDonagh picked out Ryan Slattery, who stormed through and rattled in the winner in a one-on-one via the desperate Handsworth keeper’s knees.
Shirley boss Paul Curran was delighted to see his team breeze past Shilton and hailed inspirational Ince for his impressive performance.
“Incey was a man possessed this week. He was really up for it, and played some part in most of the goals,” he said.
“With Silhill making the semi, it would be good to avoid them with the promise of an all-Solihull final.”