Cup Final Heartache
By Stuart Morgan
Heath's season ended in defeat but shouldn't take the gloss off what has been great progress for the club
Ultimately it was a disappointing day, but full credit to the Peacehaven players that worked hard and earned their winners medals.
It was the 6th time Heath had visited Culver road this season and with the first three ending in wins the final three all saw Heath fall to defeat.
A long hard working season has shown over the past few matches, with tired players running low on gas but that is certainly not to take anything away from Peacehaven who ran out worthy winners.
Peacehaven opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Ford found Elliott inside the Heath area and he slotted past Ant Ender from close range.
Peacehaven didn't let up and were always looking dangerous going forwards, Heath enjoyed possession but struggled to penetrate the resolute Peacehaven lines.
Heath's woes doubled before the break as Roddy was adjudged to have fouled Hart inside the box and added a yellow card for his trouble, Brocklebank stepped up and sent Ender the wrong way for a 2-0 half time lead.
Heath were forced into a half time substitution with Evan Archibald making his debut replacing Kenny Pogue.
Just over 5 minutes into the half Cameron Tutt picked up a nasty injury which required him to be stretchered off and Ollie Broad replaced him.
Peacehaven continued to look more likely to score but failed to hit the target on two occasions.
Heath finally called the Peacehaven keeper into action on 632 minutes with Karly Akehurst meeting Callum Saunders corner but it was well tipped over the bar.
Peacehaven then won another penalty on 66 minutes with Nathan Cooper tripping Hart in the box but Brocklebank could't get his second as the effort flew high over the bar.
Joel Day called Secka into action as the clock ran down but the keeper made sure his clean sheet was kept in tact.
Whiltshire went close before Durling added the nail in the coffin from close range as Heath didn't deal with the corner and he stabbed it in from close range.
Sean Roddy picked up his second yellow of the afternoon as the game entered injury time with a late challenge that pretty much summed up Heath's day.
Full Time Peacehaven 3-0 Heath
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