Redbridge motor on in London Cup
PUBLISHED: 12:33 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:33 27 January 2016
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London Senior Cup: Wingate & Finchley 2 Redbridge 3
Redbridge shocked Ryman Premier side Wingate & Finchley with three first half goals to progress to the semi-finals of the London Senior Cup.
The home side started well enough with recent signing Alex Addai looking lively and it was he who had the first effort when he fired over from a corner.
That was shortly followed by a Joe Sharpe cross finding the head of Jack Read, but his attempt landed safely into the arms of Motormen keeper Callum Chafer.
The first chance for the away side came after good work out wide by Joe Gent saw his cross fall at the feet of striker William Drake, but he failed to trouble Jack Metcalfe.
Wingate once again came forward and once again it was Addai who found space out on the right before crossing for Alfie Bartam who really should have done better from close range.
They were made to pay for that miss soon after as Redbridge opened the scoring when a passing move end with Reside Coxi-Sebastfao rifling home and leaving Metcalfe no chance in the 22nd minute.
The home side hit back almost immediately when after a spot of pinball in the box the ball finally fell into the grateful arms of Chafer.
The away side shortly doubled their advantage after a superb through ball from Paulius Ditkevicius found Jay Knight who held off his marker and slotted home eight minutes before the break.
Within a minute it was three as a loose ball was picked up by Gent who went past the onrushing Metcalfe and simply passed the ball into the net.
The home side were shocked by those two quick goals, but had a good chance to pull one back as Bartam’s cross just evaded Read.
The secnd period began with both sides having good free kick efforts and, as expected, the home side were having most of the play, but they were unable to really trouble the Redbridge back line.
The best chance fell to substitute Tommy Tejan-Sie who saw his effort saved by the legs of Chafer.
With both sides now having made all their changes, it was Wingate who looked most likely to grab the next goal and were handed a lifeline when Tarik Moore-Azille scored from close range in the 82nd minute
They soon got another goal back when Redbridge failed to clear a corner and sub Billy Healey scored with five minutes remaining to set up a nervy finish.
From being in a comfortable position, the away side were now hanging on for the win and although Wingate pushed forward for the equaliser it failed to come.
The Motormen held out for the win and now move into the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since the 2003-04 season where they will host either Hendon or Clapton.
Redbridge: Chafer, Odutola, Parish, Dorgu, Good, Ditkevicius, Gent, Belindir, Drake, Knight, Sebastfao
Subs: Portway, Sackey, Prince, Kabashi
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