A change in formation for the visitors resulted in them dominating the opening 15 minutes of the second-half. Tom Chalmers regained possession in central-midfield before quickly finding Mitchell-Phillips who was able to turn the defender again before his shot went straight at the goalkeeper.
The hosts broke Sussex’s dominance in the 56th minute. Good work down the AFA right channel between Rayon Atkinson and Keiron Lake-Brown saw the latter’s cross met by an unmarked Gunter in the six-yard box, and he made no mistake with a low finished, past Lockyer, to half the deficit.
Moments later, the home side almost equalised with two opportunities from the head of Atkinson. The first was blocked, with the striker’s second effort easily saved by goalkeeper.
Sussex almost restored their two-goal lead in the 62nd minute. An intricate one-two between Chalmers and Mitchell-Phillips created space in the penalty area for Chalmers. Although, his shot, low to the goalkeeper’s left, was well saved by the diving Rushton.
Five minutes later, the same two players were involved again, but this time it was Mitchell-Phillips with the effort, however, it drew the same outcome as his shot across the goal, to the far post, was again well saved.
AFA were efficient in taking their second-half chances and duly equalised with only seven minutes remaining. A free-kick from the left-channel, delivered into the penalty area was met at the far-post by Atkinson, who calmly slotted home.
The league champions tried to restore their lead, but failed to create any meaningful chances, as the final fixture of the Under-16s South East Counties Youth Championship finished 2-2, and Sussex were presented with the trophy!
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Kyle Hemsley Photography)
Goals: 2-2; Shots: 5-14; Shots-on-target: 4-6; Corners: 2-4; Offside: 2-4; Fouls: 16-11; Yellow cards: 0-2; Red cards: 0-0.
AFA: Rushton, Lake-Bryan, Lekes, Bland, Conway, Oni, Gunter, Powell, Atkinson, Brazil, Zukowski.
Subs: Jeffrey, Goater.
Sussex: Lockyer, Ferriera, Ward, Freeman, Blencowe ©, McSwiney, Popham, Chalmers, Mitchell-Phillips, Honore, Scott.
Subs: Whitmore, Mitchell, Summers.
Match report by Dan Bartlett