Havant and Waterlooville suffered their first Hampshire Senior Cup defeat since 2016 after losing 3-1 to Southampton Under 23’s at the Snows Stadium.
Two goals in the first five minutes seemed to be the undoing of the Hawks, before going 3-0 down. Dean Beckwith made it 3-1 with a quarter of an hour left to play.
This leaves the Hawks now with just the National League South to focus on.
A strong team selection was made by manager Paul Doswell with the star team news seeing Adam Parkes making his bow for the club.
The Southampton youngsters took the lead in the fourth minute when Kornelius Hansen tucked the ball home into the corner.
It was a double dose of goalmouth action for the hosts as just second later as Caleb Scott bundled him for the Saints’ second.
In the ninth minute the Hawks had their first chance of the game when Tarbuck had an effort from distance, held by Scott.
Eight minutes later Ayunga had a stab at goal driving low but only to Scott’s arms.
Just before the half hour mark Rutherford came close beating two defenders before a third blocked the ball.
Three minutes before the break Read flashed a goalbound effort across the area, but again Southampton deal with it.
Half-Time: Southampton U23 2-0 Havant and Waterlooville
In a quiet opening to the second half, the first chance after the restart fell with just under 25 minutes to play and to the hosts when Hansen had a shot which went just past the post.
But, with less than 20 minutes to play Southampton scored a decisive third when Mitchell bundled the ball home from close range.
Havant reduced the deficit to 3-1 with around 15 minutes to play when Dean Beckwith found the back of the net.
With five minutes left to play Chris Paul hit the woodwork with a shot from distance as the Hawks bowed out.
Full-Time: Southampton U23 3-1 Havant and Waterlooville