Hastings United won the Sussex C P Mason Cup (under-14s) after a dominant first-half performance put them well on the way to a 4-1 victory over Bognor Regis Town at Culver Road on Sunday afternoon.
Three goals in the first-half of thirty five minutes gave Hastings a commanding lead at the break, and it wasn’t long before they added a fourth after the restart. Bognor did pull a goal back through Joe Middleton and were much improved in the second-half, but Hasting just proved too strong and held on for the victory.
Hastings started the brighter of the two sides, and the warning signs were there for Bognor when Benn Ward rifled a shot from distance just wide of the target, with only four minutes on the clock.
A minute later Hastings went ahead. Isaiah Corrie laid the ball off to Alfie Peacock on the edge of the area and he opened his body up as if to bend his shot into the far corner, but instead cleverly dragged the ball in at the near post sending Bayleigh Wright in the Bognor goal the wrong way – a very neat finish.
Bognor did have a spell of dominance midway through the first-half.
Luca Di Lorenzo hit a powerful free-kick from distance just over the crossbar and soon after Leandro Lopes Da Silva had a golden opportunity to pull his side level following a mix-up at the back by Hastings, but he could only place his shot just wide of the target.
The West Sussex side were made to rue those missed opportunities as Hastings finished the half strongly.
Ethan Ward had a shot brilliantly blocked by a last ditch tackle from Bognor defender Wictor Nowak, and from the resulting corner Jamal Lubanga struck a cleanly hit volley just over the bar.
On the half-hour mark Hastings did double their lead. The lively Corrie managed to create a little bit of space for himself on the edge of the box before bending his shot through a sea of players and under the unsighted Wright.
Corrie then nearly scored his second and Hastings third two minutes later. His free-kick from wide on the left eluded everyone, including Wright in the Bognor goal, and cannoned back off the angle of post and crossbar.
Into the first minute of injury time at the end of the first-half and Hastings pulled further ahead. A corner from Ward was met firmly by the head of Harvey Mapstone as he rose above his marker to power home from six yards out and send his side in three goals up at the break.