CHERRIES’ hopes of reaching another Hampshire Senior Cup final were dashed as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against AFC Totton.

Alan Connell’s development squad trailed 3-0 at Snows Stadium, before Dominic Sadi pulled a goal back, but the damage had already been done.

It means Totton progress into the final for the first time since 2012, where they will meet either AFC Portchester or Southampton.

Cherries, who reached the final last year and won the delayed 2020 competition, made five changes to their side from the league win over Colchester United last week.

Callan McKenna took the gloves from Mack Allan in goal, Jonny Stuttle replaced Daniel Adu-Adjei up front, while Toure Williams started in place of Tyler Adams, who has returned to first-team duty.

The other switches saw Charlie Osborne and Karlos Gregory come in for Jack Holman and Michael Dacosta Gonzalez.

Cherries fell behind early on in this semi-final tie.

Spaniard Joan Luque broke the deadlock inside 15 minutes, having been found by a cutback from Ethan Taylor.

McKenna was then forced into a good stop to deny Taylor, before at the other end goalkeeper Tommy Reid thwarted Sadi.

Stuttle prodded an effort past the post, before Southern League Premier South side Totton doubled their lead, through veteran striker Scott Rendell.

Rendell and Luque both went close to adding to the tally, before Luke Hallett did make it 3-0 early in the second half.

A fine Sadi free-kick on 71 minutes gave Cherries hope, after Connell had introduced attacking duo Baylin Johnson and Kian Tydeman off the bench.

But the visitors could not mount a comeback and exit the competition.

Connell’s side return to Professional Development League action on Friday, away at Cardiff City (2pm).

Cherries: McKenna, Tonks, Kinsey, Harris, Osborne (Johnson, 64), Gregory (Tydeman, 64), Brown, Williams, Sadi, Landa, Stuttle.

Unused subs: Eagle, William, Allan (g/k).