Albion's under-23 captain was delighted to lift the trophy.
Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s’ midfielder Dessie Hutchinson spoke of his pride at captaining the side in their Parafix Sussex Senior Cup Final victory over Crawley Town last night.
The Irish midfielder felt the side got their rewards for a free-flowing display in a 3-0 extra-time victory over the Reds, which saw Albion claim the trophy for the first time since 2013.
He said, “The start of the game was a bit tactical and both teams were trying to suss each other out, but as the game went on we moved the ball better.
“They’re an EFL team that play games like that every week and it was a tough test for us, but thankfully our technical game came out on top.
“The first goal was an unreal finish from James Tilley; it was what we needed at that time and we knew that once we got the first one in, we’d create more chances.”
Crawley Town became the latest EFL scalp for Simon Rusk’s side following the Checkatrade Trophy victories over AFC Wimbledon and Leyton Orient this season, games which Hutchinson feels were vital in knowing what to expect last night.
“Those games helped us going into the match because we knew what we were coming up against. We played Southend, Stevenage, Wimbledon and Leyton Orient. Then we went out to Coventry, who were a very good side at the time. It was fantastic to play in those games and it was a big help.
“It’s hard when you’re playing against those teams because it’s so physical, especially when we’re used to playing more technical football at academy level.
“The aim for us all now is to either go out on loan and get some experience at a Football League club or break through to the first team here.
“That will be a tough ask with the club moving up to the Premier League, but we’re all looking forward to the challenge.”