Wingate and Finchley advanced to the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-1 victory over Edgware Town at Silver Jubilee Parkground on Wednesday night.
All the goals came in the first half as Luke Alfano and Matteo Esposito put Wingate ahead, before Lexus Beeden scored what proved to be a consolation penalty for Edgware.
The visitors took the lead after five minutes when Matteo Esposito's free kick was flicked into the top corner by captain Luke Alfano.
Wingate then doubled their advantage when Ricardo Price robbed Sukru Yildiz of possession and hit a low shot which was palmed into the path of Esposito, who went to put the rebound in but was taken down in the box. Price coolly slotted home the resulting spot kick to give the Blues a 2-0 lead.
It could have been three when winger Ellis Routledge crossed for Price, but his bullet header was well parried away by Edgware 'keeper Ilias Siaka.
Edgware came back into the game as the half wore on. Mohamed Koroma had his shot saved by Rabstein, before Cesar da Silva's effort went just wide of the post.
Koroma was then brought down in the box and Edgware captain Beeden stepped up to score the penalty low into the bottom left corner.
Back at the other end, Alfano had a long range effort that skimmed the top of the crossbar, while Beeden had Siaka scrambling back to catch the ball after his miskick almost led to a comical Edgware own goal.
The away side looked to kill the game off in the second half, as Price went on a mazy run before feeding Routledge, who crossed backed for Price, but he couldn't divert his effort past the 'keeper.
Though Edgware could have grabbed an equaliser had Da Silva's powerful effort not been well saved by Rabstein, after he found space in the box to turn and shoot.
A succession of Wingate opportunities followed. Andrew Yiasoumi won the ball back high up the pitch and saw his shot saved superbly when through on goal, before Kacrer Strsala had two chances to score, but after some pinball in the Edgware box, couldn't get past the keeper.
Substitute Louie Remi's cross field pass found Price, who took on the defender and raced into the box before hitting his low shot into the side netting. Esposito's free kick then fell to centre half Issac Ebelebe, who dragged his shot straight at the keeper.
Wingate continued to look for the goal that would wrap up the game, as Price tried to turn provider when he crossed for Remi, but Edgware stopper Siaka made a diving save to thwart his header.
An Edgware free kick in the last five minutes was the home side's final chance to force extra time. However, Ikenna Okechukwu headed over and Wingate held out to progress to the next round after a nervy finish.
The draw for the Third Qualifying Round is on Friday.
Wingate: Rabstein (GK), Reynolds, Saviano, Strzala (Akinbulumo), Ebelebe, Toscani, Yiasoumi (Walker), Alfano, Price, Esposito, Routledge (Remi). Subs not used: Fordwoh, Vural.
By Sam Jones
Wingate & Finchley U18's secured a resounding 4-1 over Ashford Town in the FA Youth Cup, overturning an early deficit in convincing style.
Cameron Richardson opened the scoring for Ashford in the 5th minute, latching on to a through ball and finishing calmly beyond the stranded Ruben Rabstein.
Ashford has the early chances but could not double their lead, and Wingate quickly grew into the game. Andrew Yiasoumi and Luke Alfano both fired narrowly wired for Wingate from ten yards, as the game ebbed and flowed both ways.
On the half hour mark the Blues levelled the scores - Joe Toscani turning the ball home with a volley from a deep free kick taken by Esposito.
Ellis Routledge should have put the home side into the lead, after he brilliantly controlled a cross while under pressure. However his shot was off target as he pulled it wide of the right post from eight yards.
Routledge soon went close again, finding the side-netting from Ben Reynolds' drilled cross.
The tricky left winger scored the goal that his efforts deserved in the 65th minute - firing home from Alfano's defence-splitting ball.
Aaron Petch was then sent off for Ashford after receiving a second yellow card, though having won the ball this looked a harsh decision. Moments later the lead was doubled, as Esposito drilled home with a low firm drive.
Substitute Louie Remi tested the keeper from 25 yards, but Matteo Giacobbe was equal to it and parried the ball to safety.
The pressure continued to mount and Ricardo Price found the side netting from 18 yards.
The win was sealed in the 83rd minute, as Ricardo Price finished off a stunning counter attack when Max Walker had been set clear down the left wing.
Next up for the Blues is a trip to Edgware Town.
Lineup: Rabstein, Saviano, Reynolds, Strzala, Ebelebe, Toscani, Yiasoumi, Alfano, Price, Esposito, Routledge. Sub Strzala (Akinbulumo 70), Yiasoumi (Remi 64), Routledge (Walker 80).