HAMPSHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION SUNDAY UNDER 16 CUP FINAL
Winchester City 6 Sholing F.C. 0 - played at Alton F.C. on Sunday 17th March 2019
The expectation was that the County Under 16's Sunday cup final was going to be a close affair with Sholing already having beaten Winchester in a league match, but not only did Winchester have a point to make they were also determined to retain the cup that they had won last year.
The high wind made play difficult and the 3G surface the teams were playing on meant that both took some time to settle and it was Sholing who showed first with Archie Prenegast rattling to Winchester bar .
The vital first-goal breakthrough, however fell to Winchester in the 14th minute. Sholing's 'keeper, Lewis Dumper failed to hold a free kick and Ewan Haylor backing up well bundled the loose ball home. Sholing appealed the goal but were over ridden by the Referee.
The goal gave Winchester the motivation they needed and they increased their lead in the 22nd minute when a long shot (or perhaps a cross?) by Kai Henderson swerved in the wind and beat the 'keeper at the far post, sailing over his head into the net.
Two-up Winchester now began to dominate the game, winning many balls in mi-field with Haylor going close before a great solo run by Henderson saw him score his second goal in the 29th minute.
Just before half time Winchester's Joshua Gordon hit the side netting with a corner kick.
Two quick Winchester goals at the start of the second half pushed the cup out of reach of Sholing with Gordon scoring in the first minute and a run by Gus Banhire resulting in an own goal in the 54th minute, the shot hitting a defender and rebounding into the goal.
Henderson completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute when a run and cross from George Bishop evaded the Sholing defenders, giving him the easy task of side-footing the ball home from close range.
Although home and dry Winchester kept up the pressure and twice hit the Sholing posts before full time.
The match was well managed by Referee Zach Harrison and Assistants Connor Eccott and Daniel Butcher. The Fourth Official was David Key.
The match was sponsored by Savvy Accountancy Solutions and the match ball was sponsored by Koolpak.
The Player of the Match award went to Winchester City's Kai Henderson who was also presented with the match ball for his hat-trick.
Squads : Winchester City - Ed Curtis, Oliver Raisbeck, James Mann, Joshua Gordon, Spencer Merchant, Harry Mann, George Bishops, Kyle Saunders, Ewan Haylor, Kai Henderson, Gus Banhire, Ozhan Gerard, Lawson Bright, Jacob Muir, Rubin Hunt, Kai Swan and Rory Holm.
Sholing F.C. - Lewis Dumper, Owen Buckle, Bernie Wilson, Charlie Bugg, Ben Adams, Charles Oneykwere, Louie Austin, Jospeh Vijayanathan, Alex Beckett, Callum Gale, Jack Booth, Connor Ings, Jordan Evans, Jamie Cassell and Alfie Prenegast.
HAMPSHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION WOMEN'S INTERMEDIATE CUP FINAL
Gosport Falcons 1 Hawley Ladies 2 - played at Alton F.C. on Sunday 17th March 2019
Hawley Ladies achieved a rare county cup win as a team playing in their first season together but they had to fight all the way in an evenly-matched game. They combated high winds and cold rain showers as well as an artificial pitch to add the first county cup honour to their awards board.
The game revolved around two outstanding strikers, Shelley Irvine for Hawley and Shannon Woods for Gosport. Both had speed and skill and both created a number of chances but they both lacked the support they needed in the box and were often the lone figure in the attack.
It was Gosport who came the closest to opening the scoring when Hollie Tobin hit the bar but it was a long wait before that first goal came as both defences blocked all attacks into a stalemate. The breakthrough came in the 41st minute when Irvine once again burst through the Gosport defence and on this occasion sliced a shot into the top corner of the net to give Hawley the lead.
The lead, however, did not last long as Gosport took only a minute into the second half to equalise, Woods putting in another great solo run scored from some way out.
The game then settled into the same pace as the first half with neither side able to gain an advantage but in the 69th minute Irvine scored from a corner to score what was the winning goal for Hawley.
Gosport fought hard to get back on even terms and unfortunately lost Woods through cramp and consequently lost their main striker.
The match Referee was Jon Ashley and his Assistants were Thomas Haver and Megan Kapadia. The Fourth Official was Derek Smith.
The match was sponsored by the Hampshire County Women's League and the match ball sponsor was Kits and Pieces.
The Player of the Match was Hawley's goalkeeper Christina Binyon who had a very steady game and was never really in difficulties.
Squad: Hawley Ladies – Christina Binyon, Erin Wetherill, Georgia Stalley, Grace Pilling, Laura Noble, Lois Swanton, Sally White-hall, Jordan Reid, Shannon Mather, Jess Loomes, Shellie Irvin, Gemma Turner, Erin Clegg, Sophie Hollis and Kim Harding.
Gosport Falcons: Emma Anderson, Sarah Darcy, Amelia Darcy, Sherelle Rosam, Chelsea Osborne, Ellie Harty, Hollie Tobin, Lauren Borjini, Charlie Scott, Sophie Carpenter, Shannon Woods, Jaz Huntington, Betsy Wakefield, Amy McCallister, Lauren Harding and Devin Wakefield.