Wingate and Finchley booked their place in the second round of the London Senior Cup with an emphatic 8-1 victory over Tower Hamlets at the Maurice Rebak Stadium. A hat-trick apiece from Billy Healey and Rob Hastings secured the win.
Manger Keith Rowland rested key men, giving some of the Hadley Wood players an opportunity to step into the first team. And the home side’s changed eleven set the tone for the game inside the first minute, when Healey’s shot crashed against the bar after Hastings whipped a low cross into the box.
The opening goal of the game came after 21 minutes when Wingate captain Rob Laney crossed to striker Healey, who tapped in from close range. From there on in it was a comfortable evening for Wingate, as Tower Hamlets failed to fashion a clear cut opportunity. The ninth tier side, who play in the Essex Senior League, were overawed by their opponents from kick-off.
Healey grabbed his second following another great run from winger Laney, he coolly finished after having time to control and pick his corner. Five minutes later it was three as Rob Hastings lobbed the ‘keeper with a fine header after a long ball forward by Tommy Smith. Complacency threatened to set in for the home side, but Wingate still had time to add a fourth just before half-time. Laney crossed for Healey again, who bagged his hat-trick with a first time finish inside the box.
And the home team wasted little time adding to their advantage in the second half. Tanasheh Abrahams scored from close range with a left footed finish underneath the keeper within nine minutes of the restart. Tower Hamlets played with 10 men for the final 20 minutes due to an injury to Diawara Abrahima. But they did grab a consolation goal when Joel Ramos beat the offside trap and finished past Shane Gore, to prevent Wingate earning a clean sheet.
Wingate substitute Andreas Kyprianou was then denied the chance to get his name on the scoresheet when his goal was controversially disallowed for offside. But Rob Hastings soon added to the goals with just over 10 minutes remaining. Reece Beckles-Richards tapped in the seventh after Hastings’ initial shot crashed back against the bar. Hastings rounded off the scoring himself inside the final three minutes with a sweet volley to get his hat-trick.
Wingate & Finchley's win sets up a home tie against Cockfosters in the 2nd round of the London Senior Cup. Next up in the Ryman Premier League is a home game against Tonbridge Angels on Saturday 22nd October, Kick off 3pm.
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Report by Sam Jones