AFC PORTCHESTER booked their place in the Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-finals with a stunning 4-0 win over Aldershot at Wicor Rec.
The Wessex League premier division hosts, who began the tie as underdogs, dominated from start to finish against an experimental Shots team.
Joe Bye grabbed a couple for Graham Rix’s side, with Joe Noakes and Jason Parish also on target on a night to remember for the Royals.
Portchester led after only seven minutes, when lively winger Noakes fired in a low cross-cum-shot that deflected into the back of the net.
Eight minutes later and Rix’s side had doubled their advantage, following a penalty award for a foul by Shots goalkeeper Dan Thomas on Royals front man Ash Howes.
Bye made no mistake from the spot, firing low into the bottom left-hand corner of the net to stun the lacklustre National League visitors.
Aldershot fell even further behind after the break, when Parish slid in to convert Howes’ incisive through ball with 20 minutes to play.
And with quarter of an hour left on the clock, Bye was picked out by Louie Castles to head home at the far post.
Moneyfields exited the competition with a 3-1 home defeat to fellow Wessex premier outfit Sholing Sports.
Toby McCauley scored for the hosts, who trailed 3-0 at the break and gave themselves too much to do.
‘We let in two goals right on the stroke of half-time to go in 3-0 down at the break,’ said Moneys boss Dave Carter.
‘That was a body blow – if we had come in 1-0 down we would have had a chance but instead we gave ourselves too big of a mountain to climb.
‘We won the second half but couldn’t get anything out of it.’
Elsewhere, Horndean’s Hampshire Senior Cup trip to Totton & Eling fell foul of the weather, with Fareham’s Wessex League premier division encounter at Alresford also postponed owing to a waterlogged pitch.
– PHIL JEYNES