WINDSOR clinched the all-important fourth spot on the NSW Cup ladder and will get a second bite of the cherry in this year's finals series after a two-point win over Wyong on Friday at Windsor.
Early in the match it was Wyong who took a surprise 12-6 lead before Windsor hit back to level the scores.
But the team desperate to avoid the wooden spoon hit back to lead by a converted try once again at half-time.
Windsor came out quicker in the second half, scoring through Matt Moylan after great lead-up work from Blake Austin who broke the line before finding his fullback to level the scores.
Both sides couldn't break the deadlock as Wyong continued their aggressive defensive approach.
The referee finally decided enough was enough when a shoulder charge from Vunakece on O'Donnell saw the Wyong prop sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes.
Windsor capitalised on their one-man advantage soon after when the Wolf pack spread the ball out left before Tom Eisenhuth put Eto Nabuli away on a 45 metre charge to score his 25th try of the season and give the Wolves a vital 24-18 lead.
A quick shift out right after a rare Wyong penalty allowed centre Marvin Filipo to score out wide in the last minute but Nelson missed the difficult conversion that would have levelled the scores.
Coach Guy Missio was relieved after the game.
"I'm proud of the way the boys stood up to Wyong tonight," he said.
"They came here to slow things down and play aggressive in defence but our boys withstood that challenge well.
"I would like to see the boys show more patience in attack and particularly make sure we get to the kick."
Windsor will now travel to Remondis Stadium on Saturday to take on minor premiers Cronulla.
Windsor 24 (Tries: O'Donnell. Austin, Moylan, Nabuli. Goals: Naiqama 4/4) def Wyong 22 (Tries: Williams, J Tia Kilifi, Gallagher, Filipo. Goals: M Nelson 3/4).