Five star Hawks soar into final... Deans denied

JJ Hooper   Picture: Paul Jacobs
JJ Hooper Picture: Paul Jacobs
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Injuries are big concern but defensive errors also worry Hawks

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The Hawks cruised into the final of the Portsmouth Senior Cup with a 5-1 win over Fareham Town at Cams Alders last night.

The visitors took charge from the start and led after only three minutes.

Perry Ryan delivered a great free-kick from the left for Harry Medway to head in from close-range.

JJ Hooper then crashed an effort against the crossbar, but wasn’t to be denied in the 25th minute.

Medway made a clever run to the right of the area and when his low shot bounced off the post, Hooper was left with a simple tap in.

The visitors virtually sealed the tie two minutes before the break with a goal from Marley Ridge.

Jake Gale picked out the run of his Academy team- mate who made no mistake from 12 yards.

Fareham goalkeeper Sam Bunton made two good saves at the start of the second half to keep the Hawks at bay.

There was nothing he could do when Shamir Mullings tapped in a low cross from Alfie Whittingham, though.

Hooper grabbed his second goal of the game on 79 minutes following a mistake from Josh Cripps.

The Reds grabbed a consolation goal late on with a good strike from substitute Dan Jones.

Horndean suffered Wessex League Cup disappointment after conceding a late equaliser in a 6-2 defeat after extra-time at home to Blackfield and Langley.

Dave Carter’s side had looked destined for a spot in the semi-finals after leading 2-1 through Robbie Pittman and Nathan Paxton goals.

But a lasp-gasp leveller from the visitors saw them take the initiative and ease through after extra-time.