A hat-trick from Destiny Oladipo set Forest Green Rovers on the way to a 5-0 victory over Helston Athletic in the first round of the FA Youth Cup.

The striker took less than four minutes to get his account up and running, before adding a second in the 21st minute.

Dan Bradshaw then netted a sweet half volley with the referee set to blow his whistle for half time before Dylan Morgan scored FGR’s fourth with five minutes of the game remaining.

There was still time for Oladipo to claim the match ball three minutes into time added on with a well-taken solo strike.

Forest Green were handed the perfect start when Dan Ogunleye’s cross from the right found the diving head of Oladipo in the fourth minute to give the hosts the advantage in the tie.

Helston then started growing into the game and as Harrison Jewell was teed up on the edge of the box in the 16th minute, he could only drag his shot wide.

Dan Jones, who had started the game brightly, thought he had given the home side a second when he latched onto a loose ball but after driving into the box, dragged his shot wide of the target.

Oladipo got his second and the second of the game for FGR in the 21st minute when he showed alertness in the box.

With the ball bouncing, he swing his boot at it and despite it being blocked, was able to twist and turn before finding the bottom corner at the second attempt.

Dan Jones had another good chance in the 24th minute when Ethan Jones got down the left and pulled it back to the young Welsh international on the edge of the box, his shot deflected by the back of Jewell and behind for a corner.

Helston had another period where they put the pressure back on the home side, a free-kick to the back post in the 27th minute narrowly missed two blue shirts coming in and from the resulting corner, Dan Jones had to be alert to block Lewis Tonkin’s header.

Bradshaw was certain he had got the third of the game in the 38th minute after Kieron Dougherty had done well to block Dan Ogunleye’s shot one-on-one.

The ball was recycled back to Bradshaw who connected sweetly with the ball but Dougherty got a touch to his strike to push it onto the crossbar and it came back down on the line before being cleared away.

However, Bradshaw was able to find the net and deal a big blow on the stroke of half time after a nice one-two on the box led to him connecting sweetly on the half volley and beating Dougherty at the near post.

With the game restarting in the second period, Harvey Bunker would find himself fortunate just to give away a free-kick as he was caught in possession from a goal kick before recovering to put in an important block, with the referee pulling play back for a pull back from the FGR midfielder on the edge of the box, which was well blocked by Owen Orford.

Oladipo, on a hat-trick, showed his strength in the box in the 68th minute when he held off his man but could only find the side netting with his strike.

Forest Green got a deserved fourth in the 85th minute when substitute Morgan skipped past two on the edge of the box and curled the ball superbly into the far corner.

Oladipo was determined to be walking away with the match ball at the final whistle and netted his third with just a minute of time added on left as he coolly dispatched one-on-one with Dougherty.

Forest Green XI: Louis Owens, Alfie Saunders, Ethan Hill, Owen Orford (Archie Thayer 70’), Dan Ogunleye, Isaiah Jones (c), Oliver Artwell (Dylan Morgan 80’), Dan Bradshaw, Destiny Oladipo, Dan Jones, Harvey Bunker (Seung Woo Yang 74’)

Unused subs: Luc Rees, Joseph Jeremiah, Luke Hallett, Jago Thompson-Roberts

Helston XI: Kieron Dougherty, Tyler Buckley, Tom Hands, Harrison Jewell, Jacob Brand, Ollie Classey (Kayden Dunn 55’), Jackson Penhallurick (Keelan England 82’), Lewis Tonkin, Sam Buckley (Oscar Marks 55’), Alex Wharton, Morgan Kewn

Unused subs: Jack James, Leo Summers, Cameron Hirst, Dziugas Kandrotas

Attendance: 255