Moments later, Bognor were picking the ball out of the net.
A back pass from Cameron Black was intercepted in the box by Ben Wilson, who squared the ball to Moulton, and he had the simple task of tapping the ball into the empty net.
The goal relaxed Brighton and they started to have more success with direct balls, bypassing Bognor’s press, to the wings.
As soon as they were in the attacking half, they looked a threat. The skilful Benicio Baker-Boatley almost put the Seagulls two goals up when he skipped past a defender and unleashed a fierce strike that stung the hands of Rowley.
Bognor’s endeavours were rewarded in the 37th minute. A ball in the box led to confusion between Bull and his centre-back, Gifford harried them, and the ball broke to De St Croix who calmy side-footed the into the corner of the net.
The second-half played out much like the first. The Rocks had spells where they dominated and had a number of chances, but rarely did they test the keeper.
Their best chance of the half fell to Odokonyero. A brilliantly worked one-two between Joseph Rabbets and Harvey Whyte led to the ball being played across the face of goal where Odokonyero stretched to shoot, but he was only able to divert the ball into the keepers’ arms.
Whenever Brighton broke through the press, they continued to look dangerous.
They had their chance to win it when a through ball sent Moulton free down the left wing. His first time cross was chested down by Wilson who placed a left footed shot just wide of the post.
Both teams pushed till the end in an entertaining finale but neither side could find a winner.
Bognor’s Rowley saved the first penalty from Everitt and every player scored thereafter.
The winning penalty was clipped nonchalantly into the roof of the net by Joshua McCormick to send the Bognor fans home ecstatic.
The Rocks will now face either Hastings United or Worthing in the Sussex Challenge Cup Final at the American Express Community Stadium on the Thursday 11 May 2023.