If this is the future at Fratton Park, no wonder Pompey are so keen to place an emphasis on youth.
Two of the Blues’ up-and-coming talents grabbed hat-tricks to guide their respective sides to Portsmouth schools’ cup glory last night.
Alfie Stanley, who is currently part of Pompey’s youth set-up, hit a treble as Lyndhurst Junior School pipped Langstone 3-2 in a thrilling Under-11 Supporters Cup final.
And another youngster on the Blues’ books, Calvin Davies, fired in all three goals to guide Mayfield School to a 3-1 success over Miltoncross in the Under-15 News Trophy.
The evening’s first showpiece provided plenty of drama as Langstone Junior School went into the break a goal ahead courtesy of Freddy Nancarrow’s opener.
Stanley hit a double, however, to give Lyndhurst the advantage, only for their opponents to net again and set up a tense finale.
With extra-time looming, Stanley then found the back of the net again to spark joyous scenes and earn the silverware for Lyndhurst.
Lyndhurst Junior School:
George Cass, Ollie Archer,
Declan Gissing, Tait Stallard,
Taylor Carrick, Niall Turner (captain), Alfie Stanley, Billy Franklin,
Danny Burroughs, Thomas Young,
Jack Marshall, Owen Davies,
Langstone Junior School:
Alfie Lennon, Ben Harris, Bradley Hunt, Harris Feltham (captain), Caine Silk, Alfie Granger, Trae Knight,
Clayton Stafford, Freddy Nancarrow, Luke Thomas-Scarrott,
Oakley Middleton, George Cave.
There was plenty of action, too, in the Under-15 News Trophy final as midfielder Davies put Mayfield into the lead, only for Miltoncross to level when Callum Courtney was put clean through and kept his cool to slot past James Elliott.
It wasn’t long before Mayfield were back ahead, though, Davies showing his composure when he was played in to slip a shot under keeper Lewis Fisher from a tight angle.
The talent then completed his hat-trick early in the second half as Mayfield held on comfortably to see skipper Elliot Turnbull lift the silverware.
Mayfield School: James Elliott, Charlie Forbes, Harry Mansfield,
Calvin Davies, James Boss,
Charlie Cooper, Charlie Moth,
John Cass, Josh Smith, Aidan Andrews, Elliot Turnbull (captain).
Miltoncross School: Lewis Fisher, Frankie Page, Harry Hutt, Ethan Taylor, Alfie Rutherford (captain),
Freeman Williams, Charlie Penney, Kevin Brown, Rudy Blankson,
George Owens, Callum Courtney,
Sam Armstrong, Jack Pearce,
Kieron Blackman, Harry Denman.