KSD Support Services won the Sussex Sunday Challenge Cup sponsored by Gardner & Scardifield after 3-0 victory over Physics Athletico in an end-to-end contest at Culver Road on Thursday evening.
A double from Josh Jones and a headed finish from Wes Millis proved to be the difference between the two sides, as KSD were just more clinical than their sprightly opponents.
It was evident this was going to be an open and attacking cup final from the first whistle as both sides had early opportunities to take the lead.
KSD skipper Kevin Townsend sent a dangerous free-kick from 20-yards out goal-wards which Physics keeper Matt Brown was equal to.
At the other end the Connor Jones, who was a real livewire for Athletico all night, saw his powerful drive expertly tipped over the crossbar by the equally impressive Lee Baker in the KSD goal after just 6 minutes.
Tommy Fraser looked to be pulling the strings in the centre of the park for KSD and a lovely move presented him with an opportunity on the half-volley from the edge of the box on 9 minutes, which Brown did well to get his body behind and hold on to.
The pace of C. Jones was causing the KSD defence problems, and he bore down on goal after springing the offside trap on 18 minutes, but his low shot was repelled by the outstretched foot of Baker.
Minutes later KSD broke the deadlock as an in-swinging corner from J. Jones was unfortunately fumbled into his own net by Brown.
Baker again thwarted C. Jones either side of KSD’s second goal. He dived to his right to prevent an equaliser on 22 minutes, and then five minutes before the break Townsend delivered a beautiful ball to the back post that Millis met and headed down into the goal to double the lead. On the stroke of half-time Baker denied C. Jones again, much to the striker’s frustration.