Hampton Humbled by Hayes
Inexperience tolls as Hampton go down to Kearney hat-trick
An inexperienced Hampton side paid the price for a slow start, ultimately going down 4-2 in the final of the Jimmy Hill / Geoff Harvey Memorial Tournament against Hayes and Yeading Utd.
The Beavers barely had time to get into the game before they were stunned by a 2nd minute shot from Dylan Kearney that put Hayes in front.
Within 90 seconds, former Beaver Tom Collins took advantage of a loose defensive wall to curl it round the short side, leaving keeper Billy Bishop stranded to make it 2-0 and Hampton were looking down the barrel of a long afternoon.
However, Hampton slowly got back into the game and after Max Oldham was bundled over in the box, Giuseppe Sole converted the penalty to put the Beavers back in touch midway through the first half.
Hampton began the second half well and had a lot of the possession but couldn't create an end product in the final third although Sole did have the ball in the net on 50 minutes, it was flagged out for offside.
The Beavers continued to press but couldn't break down a resolute Hayes defence and inside the last 10 minutes, Kearney struck twice more to give H&Y a 4-1 lead.
Aaron Lamore made the scoreline look a little better in the final few moments with a toe poke from 10 yards past the Hayes keeper but in truth, it was the lack of finishing that condemned the team to defeat.
Sole (pen) 22
Hayes and Yeading Utd 4
Kearney 2, 83, 88.
Bishop, Bristow, Benoit, Andrew, McNaughton, Ten-Grotenhuis, Federico, Solomon, Sole, Lamore, Oldham.
Rajab, Blake, Cooney, Odametey, Jelley