Manuel Hoffmann’s side came out in the second half with it all to play for, but Eastbourne would increase their tally in the 35th minute under somewhat fortunate circumstances. Creese’s ball in from the left was spilled by Sherlock, and Thomas was there to capitalise on the keeper’s mistake for Eastbourne’s third.
Despite a visible improvement in the second half, Withdean still struggled to keep possession of the ball, as Storey’s side closed them down at every opportunity. Eastbourne would soon grab their fourth of the afternoon in the 41st minute in similar fashion to their previous goal. Creese’s effort was parried well by Sherlock but it fell kindly for Overy who made no mistake from close in.
If Eastbourne’s fourth goal was similar to their third, their fifth was practically identical. Five minutes after their last goal, Creese was once again denied by the ever-present Sherlock. But Overy was in the right place at the right time to score his second and Eastbourne’s fifth.
As the game drew to a close, Withdean spurned a couple of glorious chances to restore some parity, as Reubyn Cranston was kept out by Alex Hobden before Edan Hicks’ follow-up struck the post and rolled harmlessly out for a goal kick. A strong finish to the game from Hoffmann’s side, but ultimately the strength of Storey’s Eastbourne was too much for them.
The victors scored a total of 45 goals in their six tournament games, an astounding feat which highlights the quality of youth football in Sussex.
After the game, Eastbourne manager Anthony Storey said: “I’m delighted for the boys today. Really am. I thought they were all excellent, Mason Creese up top was superb, he’s having a great season and was a real handful today.
“We’ve got the league games to catch up with now, so hopefully we can have some good success there as well.”