Wingate & Finchley secured their place in the next round of the London Senior Cup with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Cockfosters.
Wingate were dominant throughout and wasted no time looking for their first goal as they attacked from the get-go. Brandon McKenna saw a shot saved in just the second minute and Cockfosters defender Iain Salt headed narrowly over his own bar a couple of minutes later.
It didn’t take long for the Blues to break the deadlock and McKenna’s composed finish after dribbling past four defenders in the 11th minute was certainly a sign of things to come. Tim Monsheju kept the pressure on the visitors’ goal immediately after the goal, releasing a powerful strike which Adam Seymour had to keep out with strong hands.
Just before the half hour mark, Wingate’s advantage was doubled through Marc Charles-Smith. McKenna was this time the provider, slotting through a good ball and allowing the striker to finish low into the back of the net. Charles-Smith notched his brace 5 minutes before half time, receiving an assist from McKenna once again, and lashing one home from inside the box.
The goals kept coming and Wingate were already out of sight by the break; McKenna, similarly to his first goal, feigned a shot twice, taking out two defenders and the keeper before tapping into an open goal to make it 4-0. Often when holding a big lead at the break, teams take their foot off the gas; this was certainly the case for the first 15 minutes of the second period and there were no chances of note.
Cockfosters managed to pull a goal back through Alex Michaelides just after the hour mark – the visitors’ number 10 was played through on goal and chipped Gore to give his team a consolation. New Blues signing Charlie Cole was substituted on and had a great chance to score a debut goal, however he fired over from inside the box after a good cut back from Ola Williams.
Wingate looked to hold out for a 4-1 victory but re-found their deadly goalscoring streak; a cross from the left wing was deftly flicked across the box by Reece Beckles-Richards and Luke Ifil set himself before finishing across Seymour into the bottom corner with his first touch with just over ten minutes remaining.
Beckles-Richards turned from provider to scorer for Wingate’s sixth – Monsheju whipped in a cross which bounced right in front of the substitute, allowing him to stab home from close range. Wingate fans will undoubtedly be thrilled with the dominant performance which saw Wingate’s front line run riot.
Report by Jamie Grossman