U18’s Reach 2nd Final In 5 Days

The Whitehawk FC Under 18 side reached their 2nd final in the space of 5 days on Thursday evening after a 2-1 win over Eastbourne Borough in the Ryman Youth Cup Semifinal.

The Hawks, who qualified for the Sussex County FA Under 18 Cup Final on Sunday with a 7-6 penalty win over Pagham, were dealt a blow with barely a minute played with Forward George Coltherd-Walls, who saw red on Sunday, being taken off with an apparent hamstring injury. Both teams had their chances in the First Half, with Jordan Hawkins making a good save to deny a Borough attacker who was able to run clean through on goal.

At halftime, Manager Jude Macdonald said to his team that goals would come in the Second Half and they did three minutes into the half as James Waters brilliantly lofted the ball over the Eastbourne keeper after connecting to a pass by Dom Hemblade to make it 1-0. The lead was doubled just three minutes after that as captain Luke Emberson was played in by a nice ball from Anesu Sisimayi to make it 2-0, a scoreline which reflected the game well as The Hawks were in complete control.

Things changed towards the end of the game however as Eastbourne looked to get back into the game and they managed to grab a goal back five minutes from time as Davide Rodari slotted past Hawkins. Eastbourne looked to dominate the later stages and despite an additional seven minutes being played by the referee, The Hawks were able to hold on to keep their dreams of a historic treble alive and set up a Ryman Youth Cup Final against either Woking FC or Tonbridge Angels. Details for the final are still TBC.

Man of the Match – James Waters

Hawks line-up – Hawkins, Barker, Pryor, Emberson (C), Beale, Walsh, Deda, Carrie, Coltherd-Walls, Sisimayi, Hemblade

Subs – Bukleb, Bull, Waters, Moore, Bond