EDGEHILL boss Alec Coulson received the response he demanded from his players when they bounced back from defeat last weekend to seal a place in the final of the District Cup with a 5-1 win over rivals West Pier thanks to two sublime goals from Lee Cappleman.
Edgehill were dumped out of the Harbour Cup in disappointing fashion against Newlands last time out and boss Coulson was furious with the efforts of his team, but they bounced back in style to seal a cup final date with Eastfield St James.
Pier, without the likes of keeper Scott Wardman and regular centre-back pairing Sam Hyde and Steve Sheader, started in determined fashion.
But it was Edgehill who took the lead after 20 minutes when Luke Jenkinson poked home from the edge of the area.
Both sides had their share of possession for the remainder of the first-half, with neither side creating many chances.
It was a moment of magic that saw the home side double their lead after 55 minutes when they won a free-kick on the edge of the box.
Cappleman curled the ball up and over the wall superbly into the top corner to make it 2-0.
Edgehill were reduced to 10 men five minutes later when midfielder Jamie Patterson was sent for an early bath by referee Damien O’Leary after kicking the ball away to pick up his second booking.
But Edgehill rallied and when Pier’s Will Jenkinson fouled Danny White, Cappleman produced another stunning set- piece to make it 3-0, giving Pier’s stand-in keeper Frank Taal no chance.
Sub Dave Bell put the final nail in Pier’s coffin when he came off the bench and bagged a quickfire brace to make it 5-0.
Pier managed a consolation goal with the last kick of the game when Leigh Watson was judged to have handled in the area and Neil Thomas scored from the spot to finish things up at 5-1.
Edgehill’s Anthony Pickles was shown a red card after the full-time whistle by O’Leary for dissent.
Edgehill boss Coulson was delighted with the performance of his side, bouncing back from a disappointing effort against Newlands last week.
He said: “That was the perfect way to bounce back after last week.
“We played well and deserved to win. Pier were missing a few important players and that gave us extra confidence going into the game.
“That will also give us confidence going into the league games against them.
“But that was the reaction I was looking for from the players and it shows the character of the lads we have in the side that we have managed to do so.”