Sovereign Saints marched on to victory and lifted the Sussex Bluefin Junior Cup after an entertaining tie against Whyke United that finished 4-1.
The Chichester-based side had taken the lead inside the opening minute, but Phil Broom’s double coupled with a brace from man of the match George Wheeler saw the East Sussex side hit back and claim the trophy.
Jamie Tucker’s Whyke side made a lightning quick start to the tie and took the lead with fifty seconds on the clock in a stunning opening salvo.
There was an element of fortune about Louca Keenoy’s strike, as the ball was played to him from a corner and the midfielder’s looping cross-shot floated over the back-pedalling Aaron Diddems from distance.
Broom, who had scored in every round in his side’s run to the final dragged a shot wide before Whyke skipper George Spawton rattled the crossbar from range with a free-kick.
Keenoy went close again but Saints responded and, in the eighteenth minute, they were level through a free-kick of their own, courtesy of George Wheeler, who clipped his twenty-five-yarder over the wall and beyond the unsighted Hayden Massey.
Jack Haffenden poked a shot wide and Keenoy flashed an effort wide from distance, but Saints turned the game on its head on the half-hour mark as Broom continued his remarkable scoring record.
The striker latched on to Jack Griffin’s through ball and despite a hint of offside raced through to fire a clinical finish in off a post from a tight angle for his thirteenth goal in six ties in this season’s competition.
George Sambrook flashed an effort across goal at the culmination of a sweeping Saints move, and Broom was then denied a smart stop from Massey as the Eastbourne based side came on strong.