May 18 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
WINGATE & Finchley are celebrating an unprecedented treble after coming from behind to win the London Senior Cup on Tuesday night, writes Ian Cooper.
David Norman’s side recovered from going 1-0 down to beat Hendon 3-1, having won the Ryman League Division One North play-off final on Saturday, and previously secured the League Cup earlier in the season.
Man of the match Murat Karagul, who scored the Blues’ opening goal, said: “We’ve won this treble at a fantastic club with a fantastic atmosphere, and we are already looking forward to next year and taking the Premier Division by storm.”
Norman has led the Blues to their most successful season in their 20-year history, in only his second campaign at the club, and he paid tribute to his team as he looks forward to their first ever season in the top tier of the Ryman League.
“It’s an incredible end to a fantastic season. Winning the Senior Cup showed how much work and effort the staff and players have given this year, and the quality in depth of the squad we have assembled here at Wingate,” he said. “We will all enjoy the break and focus on consolidation in the Premier Division.”
Wingate’s treble dream appeared on the ropes as Greg Ngoyi gave Hendon the lead on Tuesday night, bundling home a scrappy goal from a near-post corner.
But Karagul swivelled to volley an equaliser, and Wingate took the lead 10 minutes before half-time as Sam Sloma slotted home underneath Hendon goalkeeper James Reading.
The decisive goal arrived 20 minutes from time, as Lewis Jones converted a low cross at the near post to round off Wingate’s incredible season in fitting style.