Horndean boss Dave Carter could not contain his frustration after his side slumped to a 5- 0 defeat at Moneyfields in the Wessex League premier division.
Trailing to a first-half Rob Evans strike, the Deans were matching their hosts when two controversial decisions swung the game in the home side’s favour.
George Davis was adjudged to have brought down Steve Hutchings for a penalty even Moneys boss Miles Rutherford described as ‘harsh’.
Then George Way, who had been the visitors’ best player, saw a straight red for a late challenge on Evans.
‘It’s so frustrating,’ said Carter.
‘We didn’t get the rub of the green. We put in one tackle and it’s a straight red that’s changed the game.
‘As for the penalty, Steve (Hutchings) is a clever player and he used that experience to win the spot-kick. I can’t understand why the referee didn’t consult the linesman, who had a better view of the challenge.
‘We had a young side – the back four are all aged 20 – and I’m proud of the performance in the first 45 minutes.’
Evans’ chipped goal from Stuart Green’s pass was the highlight of a feisty first half.
The half-time break calmed tempers and, with a two-goal lead and a man advantage, Moneys ran away with the game in the Easter sunshine.
Warren Hunt hit the third before substitute Callum Glen produced a fine cameo – tapping in the fourth after good work from Evans and Bobby Scott and then turning provider for Scott to flick the fifth over Tom Boyce.
Rutherford said: ‘At times we seemed more concerned about the referee than Horndean.
‘But once we stopped playing the officials it was a good display.’
Elsewhere, AFC Portchester beat Fareham Town 3-2 – Josh Maddison, Joe Noakes and Danny Thompson sealing the success.
In division one, Petersfield clinched promotion with a 2-1 win at Fleet Spurs.