A CROWD of 400 saw Evesham United’s hopes of silverware dashed as they were beaten 5-2 by Redditch United in Tuesday’s Worcestershire Senior Cup final at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough Stadium.
Liam McDonald’s rampant Reds, who finished tenth in the Southern League Premier Division after a fine finish to the campaign, proved too hot for the ten-man Robins – a tier below Redditch – to handle.
Redditch made a blistering start by taking a 2-0 lead inside the opening ten minutes. Omari Sterling-James opened the Reds’ account by seizing on a bouncing ball inside the six-yard box before heading in over Louie Barnfather and the Evesham keeper was beaten for a second time shortly afterwards when the impressive Jermaine Hylton outpaced the Robins’ defence before slotting past the advancing Barnfather.
Elliot Kennedy and Lance Smith threatened briefly for Evesham before Nathan Jackson gave Paul Collicutt’s side hope for the second half by heading in James Bowen’s free kick on the stroke of half time.
However, any hopes of a comeback disappeared five minutes after the restart when Jamie Molyneux made it 3-1 despite protests from the Evesham players who stopped in their tracks after the ball appeared to go out of play.
Evesham’s task was made even harder leading up to the hour mark when youngster Bowen was sent off for a foul on Sam Youngs.
Ashley Sammons then broke clear to make it 4-1 despite Barnfather getting a hand on the midfielder’s drive and it soon became 5-1 when Hylton got his second goal of the game as he finished off another through ball down the middle.
Smith pulled a goal back for Evesham on 78 minutes with his 18th strike of the season, drilling in a free kick beyond keeper Sam Hornby after substitute Carl Brown had been brought down just outside the box.
Smith and then James Vercesi forced Hornby into making diving saves and at the other end defender Will Wellon prevented Hylton from bagging a hat-trick with a goalline clearance in stoppage time.