Ruff, Fleming, McKeown 2, Michael-Percil (p), Kennedy
Wingate & Finchley casually cruised to their first win under new manager Spencer Knight in epic style with a 6-0 win over Edgware Town in the Middlesex Senior Cup.
With the Blues having a few decent shots in the opening few minutes, it took just nine minutes for the hosts to open the scoring, with Charlie Ruff scoring his first goal of the season, tapping the ball into the open net from short range after getting on the end of a Tanasheh Abrahams cross.
After the first goal, Edgware never seemed to properly recover and get back into the game, with Wingate dominating and having several more decent efforts on goal.
The score was doubled by the home side on 23 minutes, when a lovely move was made from left to right, with the ball being picked up by Alan Fleming, who coolly slid it under the keeper.
After the break, a determined Wingate made sure to avoid a repeat of Saturdays’ trip to Brightlingsea, making sure to carry forward their momentum into the second half, with their lead being extended to three on the hour mark. Eoin McKeown scored his first goal of the night when he beat the Wares keeper to a ball ricocheting off of the bar after a slightly-too-high Sean Grace header.
On 67 minutes, Ahmet Rifat was introduced to the game, being brought off the bench to replace William Dupray, making his 460th Wingate and Finchley appearance, a new club record, overtaking former fans’ favourite Marc Weatherstone.
Another well timed Abrahams cross was met by McKeown, who duly slotted home for his second of the game, and third in two games, giving the side a comfortable four goal lead going into the final minute of the match.
Despite the large margin separating the two sides, Wingate still kept pushing and attacking, which was paid off with two goals in just over a minutes at the end of a game. Just as many thought that the game was over, Roman Michael-Percil was brought down in the box by an Edgware player, resulting in a penalty, which he subsequently converted.
To round of a fine evening for Finchley, record-breaker Rifat set up Kennedy, who weaved his way around three defenders and the ‘keeper before scoring the sixth goal of the game. The result was Wingates’ first win since the FA Cup victory over London Colney on 7th September, and the clubs’ biggest win in four years.
The draw for the next round will take place next week.
Report by Josh Palmer