In the 53rd minute the flow of the game changed as Mile Oak were reduced to 10 men, following a coming together between Mile Oaks Adam Griffith and Pagham’s Carl Turney.
After a few minutes of deliberation Griffith was given his marching orders while Turney was shown a yellow.
The red card gave Pagham hope of a comeback as they forced Mile Oak to desperately defend the edge of their area.
Several dangerous crosses went into the box, but a Pagham head couldn’t get on the end of them.
The 76th minute saw the game decided, a long ball over the top of Pagham’s defence was raced onto by Ransom for Mile Oak.
Pagham’s Hunter tried to get to the ball first, but Ransom had the beating of him and flicked the ball past Murphy to put the result beyond doubt.
Yet Mile Oak saved their best goal till last.
The Pagham goalkeepers’ clearance got stuck in the wind, Mile Oaks Stuart Garrod chested it down 40-yards from goal and unleashed a beautiful strike that snuck under the crossbar causing astonished cheers from the crowd.
Mile Oak manager, Tony Burnett, reflected on a proud night for his team: “It was worrying when we went down to ten men, but we got the job done.
“It was a tough battle especially in the first-half. We got the goal from the corner which made it two, and we felt we were in control.
“After half-time the next goal was massively important.”
The only dampener on the night was the goal of the game by Garrod: “Stuart’s goal has probably ruined my evening because we won’t hear the end of that!
“It was one hell of a strike. He used to be a cracking player, he’s got bad knees and it’s frustrating for him so it’s nice for him to get that tonight.”
Mile Oak take home the trophy after a battling performance ensuring that last year’s final loss is a distant memory.