FA Cup: Wingate & Finchley 4 Hendon 2 (aet)
PUBLISHED: 08:17 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:17 06 September 2017
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Wingate & Finchley booked their place in the second qualifying round with extra-time success over north London neighbours Hendon on Tuesday.
The two sides had battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, as the Greens grabbed a late equaliser, and there was nothing between them over 90 minutes in their replay.
Sean Cronin’s early header was saved by Tom Lovelock, who also kept out a low 25-yard drive from the same player on 17 minutes.
Wingate took the lead soon after through Spencer McCall, whose well-struck free-kick found the bottom corner, but had Shane Gore to thank for a fine save midway through the first half.
The hosts doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time when Rob Laney smashed home a loose ball from close range after Reece Beckles-Richards saw his shot blocked, but Hendon fought back after the restart.
Gore denied Niko Muir within three minutes of the restart, but Hendon halved the deficit on 51 minutes as Muir smashed home when Gore’s punch bounced awkwardly in the box.
Wingate had a chance to restore their lead before the hour mark, but Beckles-Richards fired over, and they were made to pay there minutes from time when Muir forced home his second goal of the night from close range to level.
Only five minutes of extra time had been played, though, when Wingate regained the lead through Ahmet Rifat, who sidefooted the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.
And the home side went close to a fourth in the 108th minute when Alofabi Obafemi saw his shot squirm through the legs of Lovelock but go wide of the post.
Wingate made sure of their progress in the final minute, though, as Spencer McCall fired a loose ball home after substitute Ben Pattie had burst into the box, clinching the £3,000 prize money and a trip to Hemel Hempstead Town on September 16.
Keith Rowland’s men return to Bostik Premier action with a home match against Burgess Hill Town this weekend, as Hendon visit Met Police.
Wingate: Gore, Williams, Mavila, Kizzi, Cronin, Rifat, Ifil (Obafemi 81), McCall, Charles-Smith (Pattie 96), Beckles-Richards (Vanderhyde 107), Laney. Unused subs: Alfano, Mandeville, Rabstein.
Hendon: Lovelock, Eggleton, Murphy, Diedhiou, Bray, Maclaren (Corcoran 90), Cole, Ball (Nathaniel-George 82), Stanislaus (Ibe 46), Muir, Joseph. Unused subs: Pedro, Sprague, Joseph, Currie.