Four-star Havant sign off season in style

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Havant are celebrating a cup quadruple.

The Barncroft Way club’s first team delivered the perfect pick-me-up following National League relegation as they carried off the county crown.

The second string matched the feat, while there was also glory for the under-16 and under-14 boys squads in Bournemouth on Bank Holiday Monday.

Havant’s under-16 girls outfit also made the final but injury and illness hindered their charge as they found rivals Trojans too strong.

Regardless, it was a memorable day for the club – as they were the dominant force at the season-ending celebration.

Havant’s first team faced fierce rivals Fareham in the Hampshire Cup final.

The Henry Cort outfit were the favourites – having safeguarded their conference west status as the expense of Havant earlier this season.

But Merijn van Willigen’s side turned the tables to snatch a 2-1 victory.

Havant started well but slipped behind when a penalty corner ricocheted home off the stick of Craig Duffy.

They hit back quickly, though, when a flicked shot from Jonathan Pickett zipped into the corner to level the scores.

Havant were grateful to keeper Ben Cowling for ensuring it was all square at half-time before the rivals contested a tense second period.

James Lester eventually won it for Havant when he capped a dazzling run by rifling a powerful shot past Fareham keeper George Harris.

The club’s second string won a remarkable shootout with Haslemere – 15-14 on flicks.

Van Willigen gave his side the lead in normal time, only for Haslemere to force penalties with a second-half equaliser.

Havant finally edged the epic sudden-death battle, completing a league and cup double for Ady Adams’ team.

The club’s under-16s beat hosts Bournemouth 3-2 in their final.

Jadon Buckeridge scored twice, only to see each effort cancelled out.

Tom Minall sealed the crown, though, as he collected a pass from Milo Wrenn and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.

The under-14 boys also claimed derby glory – beating Fareham 6-0.

But Havant came up narrowly short in their bid for a fifth title when the under-16 girls went down 2-0 to Trojans.

Robbed of key players through injury and illness, they put up a brave fight but the Southampton side just proved too strong.