Wingate & Finchley progress past 10-man Hendon in London Senior Cup
London Senior Cup quarter-final: Wingate & Finchley 3 Hendon 0
Wingate & Finchley quickly got over the weekend’s drama, overcoming 10-man Hendon at home on Tuesday in the quarter-final of the London Senior Cup.
Goals from Marc Weatherstone and Hector Mackie put the hosts firmly in control, and Hendon forward Isaiah Rankin was dismissed before Wayne O’Sullivan netted a third goal as the Blues set up a semi-final tie with Bromley.
Anthony Thomas went close with an early effort that deflected onto the post before Weatherstone put the Blues ahead on 15 minutes, leaping to head Daniel McGonigle’s curling cross into the top corner.
Hendon – who were missing nine first-teamers and could only name three substitutes – offered little in response and went 2-0 down after a poor defensive lapse on the half-hour mark.
Thomas pilfered the ball in the final third, played a neat one-two with O’Sullivan and fired a shot that Berkley Laurencin could not hold, with Mackie tucking away the rebound.
The Greens’ hopes took another severe knock five minutes later when they were reduced to 10 men, with a booking for James Fisher prompting Rankin to complain to the referee and earn his second yellow card for dissent.
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The second half was more of a tame affair, with Wingate still enjoying the better possession, and they added a third goal to kill the tie on 59 minutes.
It was former Hendon player O’Sullivan who applied the crucial touch, receiving a low cross from Mackie and bundling the ball home.
The game petered out somewhat after that, and the Blues will meet Bromley for a place in the final.
Wingate & Finchley: Smith; Scarlett, Marsh-Brown, Weatherstone (Rifat 80), Scott; McCall, Hutchinson (Shulton 67), McGonigle, Mackie, Thomas (Bellotti 75), O’Sullivan.
Hendon: Laurencin; Hall, Cousins, Flegg, Fisher, Goodhind, Bennett (Smith 77), McCluskey (Lewis 70), Rankin, Aite-Ouakrim (Adusei 77).