Wingate and Finchley are safely through to the Third Round of the Bostik League Cup after a 2-1 home victory over Potters Bar Town. Antoine Akinola gave the Blues a first half lead, but Casey levelled just after the break for the visitors, before Luke Ifil netted the winner three minutes from time.
It took just two minutes for Wingate’s opening shot on target, but Jake Eales’ effort from Keir Dickson's free kick was straight at Gregory Marsh. At the other end, Billy Adcock got past Dickson and crossed for Eoin Casey, whose near post effort went narrowly wide. Marsh was kept busy in the Potters Bar goal as Nathan Mavila's fierce shot from the left had to be stopped, before neat build-up play between Tommy Tejan-Sie and Dickson ended with Marsh saving Dickson's left footed shot from inside the box.
Luke Sheldrick was also called into action when Steven Benavides-Martinez unleashed a powerful left footed strike that was well held by the Wingate stopper. The deadlock was broken three minutes before the break as Antoine Akinola unleashed a deadly strike from outside the box that nestled into the bottom corner.
But the Bostik North outfit hit back when Frank Keita played in Eoin Casey, who smashed the ball home into the top corner to stun the home side. The Blues were back on top after the hour mark. Firstly Afolabi Obafemi's goal bound effort was headed out for a corner by Chris Doyle, and then Carl Pearce headed straight at Marsh from the resulting Dickson corner.
The winner came courtesy of midfielder Luke Ifil, who moved the ball onto his left foot and curled it in off the post past a helpless Marsh to seal Wingate’s progession into the next round.
Wingate are next in action on Saturday, when the Blues travel to face Kingstonian at Fetcham Grove.
Report by Sam Jones