Ascot 1-2 Wingate & Finchley
Wingate & Finchley U18s progressed to the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup for the second year running courtesy of a 2-1 win away at Ascot.
The match started with a bang as Kevonte Willoughby-Williams gave the Blues an early lead, receiving the ball and rounding the keeper, before tapping in.
The Wingate advantage was nearly doubled when Simeon Olarerin struck the outside of the post with a shot from inside the box, the woodwork keeping the score at 1-0.
Whilst there wasn’t a shortage of goalmouth action in the early stages of the match, the rest of the first half saw considerably less as Wingate looked to hold on to their lead going into the break.
However, just before half time, Willoughby-Williams put a dangerous low cross by Franklin Domi over the bar. Around 10 minutes into the second period, Ascot were handed a man advantage – Wingate captain Ricardo Lopes de Matos received a second yellow card for a late tackle.
The red card gave the hosts impetus to draw level and they did just that minutes after the sending off. A free kick went through the box and deceived the Blues’ keeper, nestling in the back of the net.
The match remained in the balance until the 77th minute, when an Ascot free kick was cleared allowing Wingate to break dangerously and Willoughby-Williams to notch his second of the night, finishing well beyond the keeper.
As the match drew to a close, Ascot looked to take advantage of their extra man once again as they searched for their second equaliser of the evening. It nearly came, but for a double save by Wingate goalkeeper Jonti Purdom to keep the Blues’ slim advantage.
Wingate will face either Kings Langley FC or Tring Athletic in the First Round, as they hope to better last year’s defeat to Barnet at the same stage.
Report by Jamie Grossman