AFC Stoneham Reserves 1 Shanklin Football Club 1
Stoneham won 3-2 on penalties
The final was held at Westleigh Park, Havant, 23rd April 2021, the home of Havant and Waterlooville FC. A minute's silence was observed in memory of the President of the Hampshire Football Association, Robin Osborne, who had passed away recently.
It took both teams some time to settle and as a consequence play was end to end, but without much consequence. Shanklin's Peter Wilson looked to have opened the scoring from George Carter-Knight's cross but his header was just wide. Stoneham hit back with Cian Cleary's goal-bound shot deflecting away.
The breakthrough came in the 29th minute when Shanklin's Nicky Vyse set up a chance for Ryan Hill but he was pulled down in the box by the Stoneham 'keeper Ben Godwin. Iain Seabrook safely tucked the spot kick home.
Stonham were back in the match in the 41st minute when a fine passing movement involving Cian Cleary, James Lea and Kevin Ngombi resulted in a low cross to the far post where Cleary finished off with a goal.
The second half was again a battle between two close teams with neither being able to establish control. Shanklin's Carter-Knight had a good shot saved by Godwin and at the other end Ngombi had a header saved by Dan Ward.
Gradually, Shanklin had begun to have the better of play but in the 76th minute, all that changed when Shanklin were reduced to ten men when Bradley Young was sent off for a bad tackle which resulted in a second yellow card.
Almost on time, Shanklin nearly snatched the cup. When a free kick from Seabrook looked a certain, 'keeper Godwin kept his club in the cup with a stunning save holding onto a stinger. This triggered the dreaded penalty shootout.
Shanklin failed to convert their first penalty and Stoneham took the lead with theirs, both scored their second spot kicks and Stoneham took the lead when they scored their third and Shanklin did not. Shanklin got back into the race with their fourth and Stoneham did not score. Stoneham won the cup when Shanklin failed to convert their fifth.
The Referee was Jacob Wright, and he was assisted by David Coles and Adrian Cook. The Fourth Official was Chloe-Ann Anderson.
The Player of the Match Award went to Stoneham's Goalkeeper Ben Godwin.
The match was sponsored by Horris Hill School.
AFC Stoneham Reserves:
Benjamin Godwin, William Hammerton, Joseph Hughes, Issac Evans, Keiran James, Jon Baziley, Jan Blazicek, Kevin Ngombi, John McCormack, James Lea, George Oakwell, Oliver Brown, Charlie Godfrey, Frank Osborne and Sam Charman.
Dan Ward, Peter Wilson, Jason Smythes, Jake Wright, Ben Gregory, Jordan Cook, Bradley Young, Nicky Vyse, Rryan Hill, George Carter-Knight, Wayne Newham, Jack Winterbottom. Cory Sanderson, Dan Field and Kyle Drew.