A FIRST-half penalty was enough for Brading to book their place in the final of the Hampshire FA Intermediate Trophy and continue their superb season.

And it could be an historic all-Isle of Wight final if Shanklin can beat Fareham Reserves in the other semi-final at the County Ground on Saturday — a game postponed yesterday (Saturday) due to Storm Jorge.

Brading beat Moneyfields Reserves in a game switched from the host’s Portsea Island ground to a 3G artificial pitch in Gosport after it was waterlogged during the storm.

Playing without the influential Ollie Wilson through injury, the Romans defended superbly — well marshalled by Ryan Oatley — playing into a gale force wind in the first half.

Moneyfields fired blanks the entire game, which made for a quiet afternoon for Brading keeper Ben Gearing.

In a tight, scrappy affair, Brading broke the deadlock from the penalty spot a minute before the interval through Younie, after Sam Knowles was brought down.

Brading, playing with the wind after the break, looked the more likely to score again, with the Moneyfield keeper forced to make several saves.

Luke Hitchcox, in defence, was the Romans’ man of the match.

Delighted Romans boss, Steve Lawton, said: “It was a fantastic day for the club, supporters, committee and players, to reach the final with a hard fought win."

Brading could make it a Hampshire trophy final double if the reserves beat Osborne Coburg in the Hampshire Plate semi-finals on Saturday.

A full report on the match will feature in this Friday's edition of the County Press.