The Hassocks U10’s Hawks have become Champions of the U10 Horsham & District Youth Football League Cup for the second year in a row.
The Hawks, managed by Mark Bone and Assistant Jonathan Wintle, were defending champions having won the U9 Cup the previous year. The competition, run by the Horsham & District Youth Football League, was entered by 35 teams and now it came to the final two where Hassocks Hawks faced Faygate United.
The Hawks had earned their place in the final, winning all 8 of their qualifying matches scoring 38 goals and letting in just 8.
For the final, played in the 7v7 format, the teams play two forty minute games, and whoever won by the best aggregate score over the two games won the Cup!
The Hawks started brightly, and went in at half time 2-0 leaders with excellent goals from Bruno Cina and Bailey Sheppard. The second half of that game was very tense and hard but fairly fought, and with no further goals the Hawks won the first game 2-0.
The second game saw Faygate really come at the Hawks and they scored with a stunning left foot volley to make the overall score 2-1. The half continued to be played at a frantic pace and the Hawks saw a number of chances go begging. In fact it was Faygate who came closest to scoring and produced an excellent save from Amitai Paz to keep the Hawks in the lead
The final half, poised at 2-1 was very tense felt by the players, coaches and the large crowd. The next goal was going to be crucial, and it proved to be the case as a low ball across the penalty area was met by Lonny Bone to curl around the Faygate ‘keeper’ to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead, with less than ten minutes remaining. The crowd and players went wild but the Hawks weren’t finished there. As Faygate went in search of goals the space opened up and with two more quick goals from Bruno Cina and an excellent lob from Lonny Bone meant the Hawks won 6-1 at the final whistle
The game was very tense and exciting and played in a lovely spirit.
Mark said after seeing his boys lift the cup for the second year running, “Congratulations to Faygate, they gave us a very hard game, played fairly and were very gracious in defeat.
This Hawks side are a wonderful footballing team, they are a credit to themselves, their parents and Hassocks Juniors Football Club. I am so proud to manage these boys, they play football that is a joy to watch, and they are terrific boys every single one of them, they deserve their success – and long may it continue”