Within five minutes of the restart Hastings were back on level terms after a frantic thirty seconds of football.
First off a free-kick into the area was headed up and onto the crossbar, the ball bounced three times along the bar before falling onto a melee of players underneath it and Robinson was forced to make the save with anyone of a number of players having headed it goal-wards.
The chaos continued as the rebound fell to Hugo Corbin and he smashed an effort on the half-volley against the charmed crossbar. To finish it off the ball fell to White on the edge of the area and he hit an unstoppable drive through a group of players, and just under the crossbar this time, for his and Hastings’ second goal of the night.
ASC Strikers had two good opportunities to retake the lead after that, Shay Leahy threaded a lovely ball into Lindo but he shot straight at Lockyer under no pressure, and Jack Pace did the same just two minutes later when well placed.
The warning signs were there for the Strikers when Will Brown’s free-kick from deep was flicked onto the post by Tom Chambers, and it was that man Chambers who put Hastings ahead minutes later.
The ASC defence was hounded by the stand in skipper, with usual captain Alfie Warner forced off through injury, as he stole the ball and drove at goal before drilling his shot low into the bottom corner past the diving Robinson to give his side the lead.
A flurry of substitutions did break the game up a bit after the goal and a professional display from the Hastings side limited their opponents to few chances to get back into the game. The closest they came was Paine’s hooked effort that went narrowly wide after Ellard had got up well to win the flick on and create the chance.
In added time the aforementioned Paine saw red after a frustrated tackle from behind on Hastings’ tricky little midfielder Kyoungiu Park. The dismissal all but ended ASC Strikers hope of a late equaliser and the East Sussex side held on to win the trophy.
After the match winning manager Marc Gall said: “We set our stall out at the beginning of the season to make sure we competed in this cup, and the boys have gone on and done really well.
“We showed great character in the second-half, we ran more than them and for me that was the difference between us winning and losing, so credit where its due the boys took it on board and did what they needed to do.”
“I’m quite fortunate to have a good group with lots of quality and ability, we’ve got some fantastic players and I’m really pleased for them!”