Selsey gained the perfect revenge for defeat in last year’s RUR Cup final by dumping their victors Rye out of this year’s competition – and with some ease.
Rye beat the Blues 2-0 in the RUR final at Lancing in April but four second-half goals evened things up at the High Street Ground on Saturday.
Bruno Montero scored his first goal for Selsey four minutes after the restart before an own goal and strikes from Rob Wimble and Callum Poole made sure of the Blues’ progress.
Coach Ryan Pharo, in charge with manager Richard Towers on holiday, said it was a well-deserved win which the team must now try to convert into improved league form.
Pharo said: “The first half was pretty even but in the second half we got an early goal and never looked back.
“It’s been a difficult start to the season but hopefully this will be the sort of result that can get us going.”
Selsey are fourth from bottom in division one of the Sussex League, a position they aim to boost with back-to-back home games against Shoreham on Saturday and Arundel next Tuesday.