WOLLONGONG Olympic left it to the last minute to secure their spot in the finals in a 3-3 draw with Fernhill on Saturday.
An 89th-minute goal to Javier Ovando gave Wayne Farnsworth's men the point they needed to set up their first finals appearance in 13 years.
It looked in doubt earlier in the match, after Olympic were made to come from behind twice.
Leading 1-0 at the half, the Foxes had Olympic on the rack in the second stanza when Monte Pfrengle squeezed a free kick over the wall to double Fernhill's lead.
Two goals down, Wollongong coach Farnsworth decided to throw caution to the wind.
His son Brent got the home side back on track, firing a laser-like right foot drive into the Fernhill net, before Justin Potter squared the ledger shortly after.
Just when it looked as if Olympic had worked their way back, Pfrengle got his second for the Foxes to give Fernhill a 3-2 lead.
But Ovando wasn't going to let Olympic's finals drought continue, nabbing a point at the death.
"Certainly the people that paid six bucks got their value for money, it was a cracker," Farnsworth said.
"We coughed up too much possession in the first half.
"You can't win football games when you are turning over the ball like that."
"But at the end of the day the destiny was in our hands and I was happy for them because they deserved it."
The draw sets up an elimination final clash with Tarrawanna at Dandaloo Sports Ground next weekend.
"I pulled them together after the game and said go and enjoy it for the weekend, we go back to work on Tuesday," Farnsworth said.
In Saturday's other games, Bulli made light work of Cringila with a 6-0 thrashing, while a Robbie Shields double catapulted Wollongong United to a 4-1 win over Woonona.
United will meet Bulli in the qualifying final at Hooka Creek Road this weekend.
At Wetherall Park, Port Kembla made it 16 straight wins in a 2-0 victory over South Coast United and will now enjoy the week off.