Havant and Waterlooville
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
Aaron Cosgrave ran the show, scoring half the goals and running the Paulsgrove defence ragged on a showpiece performance from the 19-year-old striker.
Lee Bradbury used the opportunity to give three academy player the opportunity to shine with Jamiel James, Max Davies and Sharam Jalal given starts with Marvin Orepo and Cameron Jenkins on the bench for the Hawks as the gaffer looks to bridge the gap between the academy and first team.
The Hawks’ first opportunity came after 7 minutes when a corner was worked into the path of Paul Robinson who headed the ball narrowly over.
Minutes later Aaron Cosgrave introduced himself to the Paulsgrove defence, an introduction they rather had not seen, as he gave them a warning shot leaving two defenders for dead before shooting just wide of goal.
It would take until the 22ndminute before the Hawks took the lead as Jalal splits the Paulsgrove defence open before his shot is parried by the Grove ‘keeper Wearn before falling kindly to the path of Cosgrave who opens the scoring.
It would take ten minutes between the first and the second strikes of the evening as Aaron Cosgrave carved the defence with a carving knife before slotting the ball home brilliantly from an acute angle to double the Hawks’ lead.
Then the onslaught began, ten minutes before the break academy product Max Davies got his first goal for the Hawks first team as he evaded the offside trap, doing well to win the ball before firing the ball onto the roof of the net.
Like London buses another came within 60 seconds as Cosgrave beats the Paulsgrove defence again before powering the ball home with his laces past the keeper to make it 4-0 and put the game beyond doubt before the interval.
It would take until the 53rdminute for the Hawks to get their name back on the scoresheet and it would be Marley Ridge with the goal as he carves open the defence, leaving them in their tracks before then chipping the keeper and nestling the ball into the net to score the Hawks’ 5thof the evening.
Just after the hour mark the Hawks got their sixth goal of the evening and Cosgrave was back at it again with his 4thgoal of the evening as the seemingly familiar tale saw him break through the Paulsgrove defence with ease before smashing the ball past Wearn.
Ten Minutes later the Hawks would make it seven heaven as Bradley Tarbuck this time would see himself break through the Paulsgrove defence with his first touches of the ball since coming on before sidefooting the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
Seven minutes later it would become eight as Cosgrave got his 5thgoal of the evening as he finishes off a good run by Ridge down the centre before playing the ball out wide into the path of Cosgrave who did the rest and slotted the ball home.
Twelve minutes from time and the Hawks would make it Nine as Tarbuck gets his second goal of the evening as again he drives through on goal before slotting the ball into the net as the Hawks matched their first-round totals of the past two seasons against Baffins Milton Rovers and Petersfield Town respectively.
But the difference about this game is that the Hawks would be able to break into double figures as Cosgrave is bundled to ground with the medical team required to give him attention before returning to his feet.
Up stepped Ibra Sekajja, who would coolly sidefoot the ball into the bottom right hand corner to put the Hawks into double figures for the second time in Portsmouth Senior Cup history.
Hawks through quite convincingly to the Quarter finals of the Portsmouth Senior Cup against a Paulsgrove side who continued to persevere even towards the end when the game was well out of sight.
Next up for Lee Bradbury’s first teamers is a National League clash against Gateshead at Westleigh Park on Non-League Day on Saturday.
Hawks XI: 1 Young, 2 Strugnell, 8 Lewis, 12 Cosgrave, 17 Rose, 22 Molyneaux, 23 P.Robinson (c), 24 Ridge, 26 James, 27 Davies, 28 Jalal
Subs- Tarbuck, Sekajja, Orepo, Jenkins