Wingate & Finchley cruise through to semi-finals of London Senior Cup

Wingate & Finchley cruised through to the semi-final of the London Senior Cup last night with a convincing 5-1 win over Ryman League Division One side Redbridge.

The last time the sides met, Redbridge won 3-0 in 2011 in a cup shock - but Wingate exacted revenge on Tuesday with youngster Jack Read stealing the show, coming off the bench to score two late goals.

Wingate took the lead in only the 12th minute as. Danny Hart whipped the ball in first time and prompting visiting centre-back Tyron Thomas, who was under pressure in from Adam Bolle, into a powerful own goal.

The visitors were playing well though, and Patrick Damali levelled the scores in the 18th minute, calmly scoring with a free header after patient build-up play.

Wingate regained the lead just six minutes later, with Ola Sogbanmu feeding Hart through the centre – and he toe-poked the ball beyond the keeper.


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At the other end, Bobby Smith had to be alert to save at his near post from winger Ben Bradbury, but chances were few and far between for the away team.

Tommy Tejan-Sie had two low shots from the edge of the area, which were easily held by keeper David McCartney, but the chances kept coming.

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Hector Morante saw a header parried away, and he went one better five minutes before the break.

Some superb build-up work from Spencer McCall resulted in him playing the Spaniard in down the left side of the area, and he cut inside and slid the ball home.

The start was of the second half was played at a slow pace, and the first good chance arrived after 65 minutes as McCall crossed into the area and Bolle headed over.

Wingate were forced into changes through injuries, and Read, Joe Sharpe and Marc Henry were gradually introduced, with all three playing their parts in the final two goals.

In the 80th minute, Henry saw Read in space and picked him out with a low pass. Read showed great composure, despite only having being on the pitch for 10 minutes, and calmly rolled the ball beyond McCartney.

Three minutes later the substitute doubled his tally. Bolle was unable to connect with Joe Sharpe’s cross at the near post, and the ball feel to Read, who again found the bottom left corner with ease.

Wingate & Finchley: Smith, Jamison, Williams, Sogbanmu (Henry 46), Weatherstone, Mcgonigle, Hart , McCall, Bolle, Tejan-Sie (Read 70), Morante (Sharpe 74)

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