HUNTINGTON Rovers made up for their loss in the York FA Senior Cup ten days previously with a convincing 6-1 defeat of Thorpe United to take the York Minster Engineering League Senior Cup at Tockwith.

Defender Josh Whaite, James Edmond and Chris Dyson all bagged braces to secure victory over the first division champions.

From the off, a determined Rovers had the majority of the play with Dyson going close to opening the scoring after ten minutes.

The striker’s effort sailed just wide of the left-hand post.

A timely intervention from Steve Jarman then stopped Thorpe’s first serious attack before Whaite struck a goal to grace any cup final.

The centre-half’s free kick flew into the roof of the net from right next to the half way line.

It then took only two minutes for Rovers to double their lead.

Flanagan sent over a free kick for Edmond to deftly flick the ball home with the outside of his boot.

The result was subsequently virtually sealed as Whaite rose to power a header into the corner of the Thorpe goal.

After the break, the second period followed a similar pattern with Thorpe looking to a long ball to set up chances, most of which were dealt with easily by the Huntington back line.

Their best chance of a reply came in the 51st minute when a goalmouth scramble ensued but, despite the efforts of three of the Selby outfit’s players, the Rovers back line somehow hacked the ball away.

Five minutes later, Rovers keeper Drew Brabbs - the team’s semi-final hero against league champions Wigginton Grasshoppers when he scored and saved a shoot-out penalty - produced an excellent stop to keep out James Barrett.

It was a contribution that seemed to turn the initiative back in Huntington’s favour.

Shortly afterwards, Dyson had a chance to increase the premier division club’s lead in the 58th minute but volleyed over the bar after being left in the clear.

Ten minutes later, Tom Metcalfe also tried to emulate Whaite, but the midfielder saw his 40-yard free-kick tipped over the crossbar by Thorpe keeper Dave Howard.

A breakaway from United saw an own goal reduce the deficit to 3-1 as a cross was somehow forced across the line by a Rovers player.

But only three further minutes elapsed before Huntington restored their three-goal cushion as Dyson slid in Flanagan, who was left with the simplest of finishes to make it 4-1.

A Flanagan free-kick on the 82nd minute went on to find Edmond, who rose above everyone else to head home and score his second and Rovers fifth.

With time running out, Dyson put the icing on the cake for Pete Laidlaw’s men when he played a one-two with Metcalfe before rifling the ball home.