However, that early second-half impetus was quelled just two minutes after the restart. The lively, Raphael Knafo, raced through but saw his opportunity well saved by Nones, Waddup was following up though and slotted in a rebound through the unfortunate goalkeepers’ legs.
Knafo would further seal the win, and get his much-deserved goal, after a sumptuous switch of play resulted in him lashing it into the roof of the net past Nones.
Hughes’ wonderful effort from distance could have made it four goals without reply in the 46th minute, but his effort crashed the crossbar, which would have capped off a brilliant performance.
Despite All Stars’ best efforts, Hollingbury were able to nullify every attack they were threatened with. Coupled with Hawks’ attack being deadly in front of goal, and they closed out the final in superb style.
Speaking after the game, Hollingbury Hawks manager John Seeney was very happy with his team’s win.
“It was an intense first-half but the early goal in the second-half made the difference. It led to us growing in confidence and feeling a bit more comfortable,” he said.
“They were a little bit nervous in the first-half because it was a big game. We chatted to them at half-time, told them to calm down, focus on what they need to do and go out and put some pressure on them early doors,” he added.