Sway win Hampshire League Challenge Cup final with 3-0 win over Locks Heath
Hampshire League Challenge Cup final
Locks Heath FC 0
Sway FC 3
SWAY put some difficult recent years behind them with a superb 3-0 victory over Locks Heath to win the Hampshire League Challenge Cup.
Under the new management of Brian Baker and Andy Haslam, Sway secured a mid-table league finish before winning the cup at Winchester City's ground.
Sway started brightly and, after eight minutes, opened the scoring when Clayd Roach's shot rebounded off a defender and fell to Jamie Craven, whose deflected shot looped over the stranded keeper.
The visitors were unfortunate not to double their lead when Roach's effort crashed against the inside of the post, but they continued to press and got their rewards when Roach was upended in the penalty area. After winning the spot-kick, Roach stepped up and duly converted.
As expected, Locks came out looking rejuvenated for the second half. Still, despite their pressure in the first 15 minutes, they were unable to create any openings due to the commanding performance of Sway's central defence pairing of Ryan Wagstaffe and Pedro Gomes.
The game's major talking point was when the Locks' Chay Dugan appeared to lash out at Greenough. In response, Sway keeper Juskelis came rushing out to remonstrate, resulting in both players earning red cards.
Sway increased their lead with 15 minutes remaining when Joel Ghosh was put clean through by Sanchez Mclean before cleverly lobbing the on-rushing keeper.
Sway: Juskelis, L. Greenough, Gomes, Wagstaffe, Plummer, Virgin, Fon, Barrow, Craven, Mclean, Roach. Subs: A. Greenough, Ghosh, Constable, Akintulo, Alves.