Hawks make gr-eight start to cup defence

Shamir Mullings scored a hat-trick for the Hawks    Picture: Paul Jacobs
Shamir Mullings scored a hat-trick for the Hawks Picture: Paul Jacobs
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The Hawks began their defence of the Portsmouth Senior Cup with an easy 8-0 win over United Services Portsmouth Reserves at Burnaby Road.

Shamir Mullings’ hat-trick, Marvin Morgan and Jake Gale doubles and a Scott Donnelly strike saw the visitors cruise through into the next round.

Hawks manager Lee Bradbury felt it was a very worthwhile exercise.

‘It gave me the chance to get minutes into some players and it was also an opportunity to include some youngsters,’ said Bradbury.

‘That is the reasoning behind entering this competition.

‘We scored some good goals and kept a clean sheet which is important whoever you play against.

‘It worked perfectly because the young players get a chance to play alongside more experienced team-mates.’

Apart from the youngsters Bradbury also started with some of his most experienced players on the pitch.

Donnelly, Adrian Clifton and Morgan all featured in the starting line-up.

‘It is important to keep players ticking over and they all wanted to be involved,’ said Bradbury.

United Services started well but after eight minutes Donnelly showed his class to put the visitors ahead with a deft chip from the edge of the area.

Three minutes later Morgan extended the Hawks lead by finishing off a good move with a low strike.

Home goalkeeper Tom Price excelled himself with an outstanding save to turn a goal bound 25-yard free-kick around the post for a corner.

A defensive mix-up five minutes before the break gifted the Hawks their third goal.

When Price hesitated, Gale nipped in and played Morgan in for his second goal of the night.

As the Sailors tired in the final 20 minutes the Hawks punished them with five more goals.

Mullings fired a quick-fire 11-minute hat-trick with goals in the 71st, 74th and 82nd minutes.

Gale also notched a brace in the final six minutes.

In the quarter-finals the Hawks return to Burnaby Road to take on the United Services Portsmouth Wessex Premier side.