A young Southampton side cruised through to the last 16 of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 2-0 win at Christchurch.
Goals either side of half time from Will Ferry and Jonathan Afolabi sealed Saints’ progress at Hurn Bridge Sports Ground.
Led by Kelvin Davis, a team made up of Under-18s and Under-23s were always on the front foot, but had not carved out a notable chance before Ferry’s deflected opener on 24 minutes.
Previously positioned on the left flank, the winger popped up on the right to receive the ball from Kayne Ramsay and needed no second invitation to shoot.
His 20-yard effort was already well struck, but any chance for goalkeeper Jake Poynter was gone when the ball flicked up off a defender and looped into the far corner.
There were further opportunities before the interval for Afolabi, Nathan Tella and Kayne Ramsay, but Christchurch of the Wessex Premier League had largely restricted their visitors.
Saints had dominated possession and were always likely to reap the rewards later in the game.
It would take only 12 minutes of the second half for Afolabi to double the lead, latching on to an innocuous ball over the top and capitalising on hesitant defending to roll the ball into the far corner with Poynter stranded off his line.
Davis may have hoped for more chances to go with such sustained possession, but Adam Parkes in the Saints goal was a virtual spectator all night.
Christchurch 0-2 Saints
Hampshire Senior Cup second round, Hurn Bridge Sports Ground
Scorers: Ferry 24’, Afolabi 57’
Christchurch XI: Poynter (GK), Cherrett, Douglas (Cole 36), Walker, Wright, King, Satterley, Swann (Cullen 80), Kirkham, Wilcock (Joyce 71), Cormack.
Saints XI: Parkes (GK), Ramsay, Klarer, Tchaptchet, Ledwidge, Hamblin, Bartlett, Tella, Mdlalose (Robise 68), Ferry, Afolabi (Norton 83).