U18 News and Information

  • Wingate & Finchley
    FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Rd
    Wingate & Finchley 2-0 AFC Dunstable
    18th Oct 2017

    Wingate and Finchley U18s are through to the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup after a 2-0 victory over AFC Dunstable U18s.

    Goals from Luke Alfano and Andrew Yiasoumi saw the Blues progress past the Third Qualifying Round for the first time since the 1999/2000 season.

    Wingate took the lead after five minutes when Matteo Esposito's free-kick into the box caused panic in the Dunstable defence, leaving captain Luke Alfano free to bundle the ball in after a goalmouth scramble.

    Esposito then tried to get a goal of his own when he broke free of the Dunstable defence and hit a low strike that was well saved by Daniel Gould.

    The Blues should have doubled their advantage half way through the first period as Ellis Routledge used his pace to get in behind the defence and rounded the 'keeper, but could only find the post when it looked easier to score.

    The home side continued to create chances. Ben Reynolds used his pace to get down the right, before pulling the ball back for Routledge, who could not get a touch to divert it home.

    Ricardo Price had a couple of chances to get on the score sheet before the break. First he unleashed a powerful left-footed effort that sailed just over the bar and then flicked a cross goal wards but saw his shot go narrowly wide.

    After a dominant first-half display, Wingate were looking to kill off the game. But it was the visitors who started the better in the second-half.

    Substitute Teddy Daniels made an immediate impact as he raced through on goal, but Ruben Rabstein was out quickly to slide the ball clear. Jack Aldridge's long range effort then had Rabstein scrambling, but it flashed just wide of the post.

    When that pressure came to nothing, Wingate took full advantage and doubled their lead. After some good build up play from Esposito and Price, the ball was played out to Routledge, whose low cross was met in the middle by Andrew Yiasoumi to finish into the bottom corner.

    Price tried to grab a third with another powerful shot, this time it went just over the bar. At the other end, Luis Brooker played in Daniels, but Franco Saviano made a brilliant slide tackle to prevent Dunstable getting back into the game.

    A series of injuries stopped any rhythm in the closing stages, but there was still time for Louie Remi to unleash a curling effort after cutting inside on his left foot, but it flashed narrowly past the far post.

    In stoppage time, Sonny Newbury's effort was well held by Rabstein, before the Wingate stopper also denied Lawrence Burton from close range.

    That result means Wingate have booked their place in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in 18 years, equalling the club record in this competition.

    By Sam Jones

    Wingate: Rabstein (GK), Reynolds, Saviano, Strzala, Toscani, Ebelete, Yiasoumi, Alfano, Price (Walker, 73 mins), Esposito (Akinbulumo, 80 mins), Routledge (Remi, 62 mins).

    Unused Subs: Ofori, Holmes.

    AFC Dunstable: Gould (GK) Aldridge, Heath, Newbury, Wadmore (Lusambya, 83 mins), Rahman, Burton, Chijota (Andrews, 70 mins), Brooker, Ajayi, Baker (Daniels, 45 mins).

    Unused Sub: Irish.

    Referee: Ivaylo Kyosev

  • Wingate & Finchley
    FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Rd
    Edgware Town 1-2 Wingate & Finchley
    4th Oct 2017

    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 4-1 Ashford Town
    FA Youth Cup 1st Qualifying Rd
    27 Sept 2017

    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).