Hawks U18’s Become County Champions

The Whitehawk FC Under 18 side became Sussex County FA Under 18 Cup Champions on Thursday evening with a dominant 4-0 win over Newhaven FC. The Hawks dominated throughout, with goals from Rob Deda, Lewis Broughton, George Coltherd-Walls and an Own Goal.

Manager Jude Macdonald said after the game “It’s a great feeling to win so we’re really pleased. As a group they were fantastic and looked after each this evening, it’s always pleasing when you see that. It’s a characteristic they’ve had all year and so the trophy was deserved.”

Straight from the start, The Hawks pushed forward against The Dockers, with the first goal coming in the 11th minute as a cross into the box by Jordan Pryor was deflected by a Newhaven player into their own net. They didn’t have to wait long for the next goal either as it came just a minute later as a blocked George Coltherd-Walls cross fell to Rob Deda who smashed home from just inside the penalty area. This was all part of the plan according to Macdonald, saying “Our game plan was to start quickly and aim to blow them out of the water. We knew the longer it stayed 0-0, the better it was for them so starting quickly was crucial. They had a block of 15 minutes to go 100mph and they came out of that with a 2-0 lead, just what we wanted.”

The chances kept coming for The Hawks, both falling to Jordan Pryor, but he could only shoot and head narrowly wide and over the bar. The lead was extended eight minutes from the break with Lewis Broughton hitting a screamer from 25 yards out into the far post to make it 3-0 at Half Time.

The fast start which occurred in the First Half continued in the Second Half as Anesu Sisimayi raced into the box under 2 minutes after the restart, but he saw his decent effort on goal blocked and cleared by Newhaven. The game was well and truly over in the 56th minute as Sisimayi seized on a mistake by the Newhaven defence and went on a run to hit a good ball to Coltherd-Walls, who fired into the far post for a 4-0 lead.

Chances for Newhaven were few and far between, but they had a great chance when Kyle Woolven managed to break clear of the Hawks’ defence and go on a run into the box, but Jordan Hawkins bravely made a save at his feet. The Dockers kept coming forward with Chandler Perrin going on a run into the box forcing Robbie Keith into making a great, well-timed tackle. They also could have had a penalty deep into injury time as Perrin collided with Hawks keeper Hawkins in the box, but nothing was given by the referee, who’s whistle a few second later sparked celebrations for the 2nd time in 7 days, following their Ryman Youth League South Division win the previous Thursday.

Jude Macdonald said after the game that the game plan was put in place following poor starts in their previous few matches, adding “Every player knew their job and was willing to put a shift in. They’ve got their medals and they are fully deserved, they deserve a lot of credit.”

The Hawks U18’s are still on for an unprecedented quadruple as on Thursday 20th April they will take on Tonbridge Angels in the Ryman Youth Cup Final, played at Whyteleafe FC with a 7.30PM kickoff. They will also feature in the Ryman Youth League “Champion of Champions” competition.

Newhaven: Webb-Olley, White, Hunter, Pritchard, Mills ©, Shersby-Wignall, Woolven, Winser, Meekings, Wallis, Silva-Carvalho – Subs: Nunn, Perrin, Todd, Almond, Pook

Whitehawk: Hawkins, Moore, Broughton, Deda, Keith, Beale, Barker ©, Carrie, Coltherd-Walls, Sisimayi, Pryor – Subs: Bukleb, Waters, Hemblade, Walsh, Bull

Man of the Match – Robbie Keith (Whitehawk)

Attendance: 230