Haringey Borough and Wingate & Finchley produce nine-goal thriller at Coles Park
PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 July 2017
Pre-season friendly: Haringey Borough 4 Wingate & Finchley 5
It proved to be an action-packed pre-season encounter at Coles Park as Wingate & Finchley beat local rivals Haringey Borough by the odd goal in nine at the weekend.
It was a chance for both sides to hone their preparations ahead of their Bostik Premier and North campaigns respectively, and it was the higher-league opposition who came out on top.
The first half showed signs of the goal fest that was to happen, with chances coming at regular intervals ,with McCarthy doing well to deny Luke Ifil’s piledriver and then gathering at the feet of Wes Parker.
For Haringey, Dean Fenton went closest to breaking the deadlock when he saw his shot blocked by Sean Cronin before Loizou’s follow-up effort was saved by Shane Gore.
It ended 1-0 at the break to Wingate though as Keith Rowland’s side took the lead when Kunlie Otudeko’s shot was parried by Haringey goalkeeper Damien McCarthy, but Rob Laney was on hand to tap in the loose ball.
The hosts ended the half on top as Fenton saw another effort fall agonisingly wide of the target.
No sooner had the second half started then Wingate doubled their lead when Cronin headed home Ben Pattie’s corner, before Laney turned provider to set up Spencer McCall for a third.
Haringey hit back twice in quick succession though, as Fenton found the back of the net and then Michael Ademiluyi reduced the deficit even further.
Parity was restored from the spot when Jamie O’Donoghue slotted home a penalty and the turnaround looked to be complete when Alikivados intercepted Gore’s kick and tapped in to put the hosts ahead for the first time in the game.
The action didn’t stop there though as Wingate levelled as Reece Beckles-Richards’ fine free-kick from the edge of the box found its way into the net past McCarthy.
McCarthy was to pick the ball out of his net on one final occasion when Beckles-Richards was felled in the box, and Cronin slotted the penalty home to ensure victory for Wingate.
Wingate are back in action tonight (Tuesday) when they host Vanarama National side Boreham Wood, while Haringey host Essex Senior League side FC Romania later this evening.