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A quick-fire first-half double helped Hatcham Beckenham Manor beat Canterbury Red Star in the Kent Sunday Junior Trophy final at Chatham’s Bauvill Stadium on Sunday morning.

Piers Hanifan won a penalty which was converted by Aidan Hayes before Piers Hanifan nodded in himself two minutes later to double his team’s advantage.

Hatcham Beckenham Manor celebrate their Kent Sunday Junior Trophy win. Picture: PSP Images
Hatcham Beckenham Manor celebrate their Kent Sunday Junior Trophy win. Picture: PSP Images

Alex Arif put the result beyond doubt midway through the second period with a fine effort.

And despite a freak own goal giving Canterbury Red Star - managed by Welling midfielder Bradley Stevenson - one back two minutes from time, Hatcham Beckenham Manor were comfortable 3-1 winners.

“It was a physical game,” said Hatcham Beckenham Manor manager Jon White.

“From minute one, their sideline was loud and I think they just ran out of energy [after the] first 15 minutes.

“Then we started playing football and, after about half an hour, it looked like there was only going to be one winner.”

Hatcham Beckenham Manor and Canterbury Red Star battle in midfield. Picture: PSP Images
Hatcham Beckenham Manor and Canterbury Red Star battle in midfield. Picture: PSP Images

Herne Bay & Whitstable Sunday League club Canterbury Red Star felt they should have had a penalty inside 40 seconds as Milo Hanifan challenged Ali Bevan, however protests from the Red Star contingent were turned down by referee Nic Derrane.

At the other end, Piers Hanifan lifted the ball over with two minutes played with Hatcham’s first opportunity.

An end-to-end start to the match continued as a Pete Sharpless volley was gathered by Hatcham goalkeeper Nathan Edwards before Hayes sent an effort inches wide of Red Star’s goalkeeper Cameron Leitch’s left-hand post.

More Red Star opportunities saw Joe Fairweather volley straight at Edwards while Ali Bevan dragged wide.

But as Hatcham started to come back into the tie, they created chances either side of the half-hour mark.

Aidan Hayes takes his penalty. Picture: PSP Images
Aidan Hayes takes his penalty. Picture: PSP Images

An Edwards punt upfield fell to James Teodorescu who was thwarted by Leitch and then Hayes headed wide Sam Jeal’s corner.

In the 37th minute, Mason Williams found Nathan French who saw his drive crack against the woodwork.

But the game’s first goal came five minutes before the break when Leitch clattered Piers Hanifan. Hayes stepped up and just about saw his spot-kick squeeze underneath Leitch.

Two minutes later, provider turned goalscorer as Piers Hanifan bundled in at the back post to make it 2-0 to Orpington and Bromley District Sunday Football League outfit Hatcham at half-time.

Sharpless headed over a long free-kick nine minutes after the restart from Kieran Smith.

Aidan Hayes' penalty squeezes under Nathan Edwards. Picture: PSP Images
Aidan Hayes' penalty squeezes under Nathan Edwards. Picture: PSP Images

But midway through the second half, Hatcham added their third of the encounter. Arif collected a ball which had been clipped in from the left and turned on the edge of the area before his effort found the bottom corner of the Red Star net.

Looking for a sorely-needed response, Red Star skipper Sam Lawford dragged wide 19 minutes from time with a shot from distance.

Substitute Romeo Ugbene came close to making an instant impact, his header from French’s corner being cleared off the line by Cormac Hanifan.

Hatcham appeared to be on their way to a comfortable victory until the 88th minute when a freak own goal gave Red Star a glimmer of hope.

Substitute Alex Langley’s right-wing cross took a deflection off a Hatcham defender and a wicked spin on the ball caught Edwards out and somehow landed in the back of the net.

Piers Hanifan celebrates getting his team's second. Picture: PSP Images
Piers Hanifan celebrates getting his team's second. Picture: PSP Images

Sharpless saw a shot saved by Edwards in stoppage-time but, in truth, Red Star had left themselves far too much to do late on.

Manager White was delighted with Edwards’ display despite his uncharacteristic late error.

White said: “That was a very uncharacteristic mistake. I wouldn’t pin that on him, really, maybe the defender should have come for a header.

“But at 0-0, he tipped one on to the post which was given as a goal kick. Then two minutes later, we scored and scored the second straight after that. He also made one of the best saves I’ve ever seen him make in the second half.

“He just settles us down. As you can tell from the opposition, the goalkeeper is pretty much 50% of the team.

Hatcham Beckenham Manor celebrate Alex Arif's goal. Picture: PSP Images
Hatcham Beckenham Manor celebrate Alex Arif's goal. Picture: PSP Images

“They didn’t have that, unfortunately, and it cost them the penalty and maybe the last goal as well, but I’m delighted with our win.”

Hatcham Beckenham Manor: Edwards, C.Hanifan, Arif, P.Hanifan, H.Hanifan, Brown, M.Hanifan, Hayes, Jeal, Ossai, Teodorescu, Hopper, Tare, James, C.Hanifan, Ugbene.

Canterbury Red Star: Leitch, Taylor, Brown, Fairweather, Smith, Dobi, Bevan, French, Williams, Sharpless, Lawford, Hillier, Russell, Langley, Fitt, Walker.

Referee: Nic Derrane.

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