Hay St Mary’s Reserves lifted the Pip Samuel (Electrical) Mid Wales (South) League Cup following a 4-0 victory over Newcastle at Llanandras Park on Monday afternoon.

Sponsor’s man of the match, Saints’ captain Darren Horrigan, led by example for the Forest Road club by netting a cup-final hat-trick in the Bank Holiday sunshine.

Hay St Mary's Reserves champions of Pip Samuel (Electrical), and Mid Wales League Cup 2023
Dan Evans, representing sponsors Pip Samuel (Electrical), and Mid Wales League (South) secretary Alan Randell (right of photo) with Hay St Mary's Reserves captain Darren Horrigan (Barcud-Coch Photography)

The Saints opened the scoring in the seventh minute after Ricky Lynes drove towards goal and saw his low shot parried by Newcastle goalkeeper Phil Williams but Horrigan was on hand to tuck the loose ball into the net.

The Breconshire club doubled their lead after 23 minutes later when Jack Biggs flicked on a free-kick into the Newcastle penalty area and Horrigan was afforded the time and space to turn and shoot past Williams.

The Saints were seemingly in a commanding position and looking to push home their advantage before the interval.

Horrigan went close to completing his treble before the break but his effort was blocked from a 37th-minute corner and the Saints had to be content with a two-goal advantage at the interval.

Horrigan completed his hat-trick 10 minutes into the second half later after being played through on goal before maintaining his composure to lift the ball over the advancing Williams.

Hay St Mary’s scored their fourth goal next goal after 63 minutes when Biggs beat Williams to a Curtis Bounds cross and headed home at the near post.

The Saints could have scored a fifth with five minutes remaining on referee Nigel Mathias’ clock but substitute Robin Davies was unable to convert his opportunity from the spot.

However, the Forest Road men had done enough by then to ensure that it would be Darren Horrigan lifting the trophy following the final whistle.