Hendon reached their second cup final of the season as they saw off the challenge of Blue Square South side Bromley at a very windy Hayes Lane. The 2-0 victory means that the Greens will face either Fisher Athletic or Tooting & Mitcham United at Imber Court (the home of Metropolitan Police FC) on Tuesday 22nd April.
There were two changes to the starting line up from the side that lost to AFC Wimbledon at the weekend, with Davis Haule and Lubomir Guentchev replacing James Parker, who was named on the substitutes bench with Iavor Guentchev, Rakatahr Hudson and Gary McCann, and the cuptied Lee O'Leary.
The game started brightly and in the 6th minute Bromley missed what was to the the first of numerous chances as their finishing throughout the evening left a lot to be desired. It was Luke I'Anson who missed this first opportunity when he fired high over the bar and the stand behind.
Shortly afterwards the Greens had their first opportunity when Belal Aiteouakrim had a shot blocked and Brian Haule was just unable to win the race to the rebound. Jamie Busby had two good chances, one a shot that flew narrowly over the bar, and then he forced Bromley keeper Andy Walker into a good save from a free kick.
On the half-hour mark, Walker scuffed a clearance straight to Brian Haule, but the striker saw his shot well blocked by the feet of the keeper. Then it was Marc Leach's turn to test Walker as he fired in a free-kick which was parried away to safety.
Bromley's best chance of the first period fell to Danny Hockton, who has a habit of scoring against Hendon, but in a goalmouth scramble he somehow managed to fire wide of the goal.
At half-time Walker was replaced by Glyn Shimell, the former having picked up a shoulder injury late on in the first half when scrambling to stop the ball going out for a corner.
Ten minutes after the break, Bromley had a great chance, but Gareth Williams somehow headed the ball across goal, and shortly afterwards the home striker was unable to take advantage of a slip by Leach and fired over the bar.
As the game reached the hour mark, Hendon broke the deadlock. Lubo Guentchev was sent clear by a beautiful pass from Brian Haule, and the young Bulgarian cooly slotted the ball past Shimell from the edge of the area.
Having gained the lead, Hendon took the game by the scruff of the net and limited Bromley to a handful of attempts from distance, meaning that Luke Blackmore was largely untroubled throughout the evening.
Ten minutes from time, Lubo Guentchev had a chance to score his second of the evening when he received the ball from Aiteouakrim and saw his shot tipped over by Shimmel. From the resulting corner, Aiteouakrim's header was cleared off the line by Mark Corneille.
In the 82nd minute Hendon made the game safe. The older Guentchev brother had another shot saved by Shimmel, but the ball fell to Danny Dyer ten yards out who fired the ball into the corner of the net with the Bromley keeper stranded. The Greens saw the game out without any further scares, and deservedly progressed into the final.
Speaking on the morning after the game, manager Gary McCann said "I could not be more proud of the boys. They were pretty much at full strength, apart from a couple of players who were cup-tied and I thought we outplayed them. We created plenty of chances and took our goals well.
"It is great that we have reached two cup finals this season, especially as it our centenary season.
"All credit must go to the players. They have been so professional," added Mr McCann, who modestly deflected the massive praise that must go to him and his backroom staff of assistant Freddie Hyatt, coach Bontcho Guentchev and physio Mark Findlay.