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Men’s football firsts to seal Dragons’ varsity victory

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Men’s football firsts to seal Dragons’ varsity victory

5 months ago
By Étienne Fermie

Westminster Dragons battled to a crucial 2-1 victory over the West London Warriors to clinch the Varsity 2017 title.

Mo Bouzaine’s bullet header proved to be enough after the Warriors had cancelled out Jack Scott’s stunning opener.

Some may have expected a comfortable win for a Dragons side ranked two divisions higher than their Warriors counterparts, but it was to be anything but.

“It didn’t feel real to be fair”, Scott beamed after the final whistle, “it just flew in and suddenly we’re 1-0 up early doors, it’s an
unbelievable feeling.”

It only took four minutes for the Dragons to snatch the lead as Scott ran onto a bouncing ball to unleash an unstoppable half volley into the
back of the net.

Undeterred however, the Warriors grew into the contest and when Ed Dunbar hauled down his man, they were given a lifeline from the penalty spot. Warriors’ number 14 made no mistake and the sides were level.

West London Warriors continued to grow in confidence and had a flurry of attacks down the right hand side, with the Dragons doing well to keep the scoreline level, surviving a number
of set pieces.

Jack Scott had a strong claim for a penalty when he appeared to be dragged down when through on goal, but the inconsistent referee ignored the urge to even things up by awarding another spot kick.
The Warriors probably went into the break the happier of the two sides, with the Dragons having plenty of work to do to overcome their lowly rivals.

The second half began in a similarly gritty fashion, but the Dragons gradually managed to wrestle control of the midfield, with substitute Isma Konate doing well to break up play in the midfield.
Mike Davies began to drop deeper and along with Marko Banovic and Elliott Poulter, began to cause the Warriors all sorts of problems, up alongside the tireless Jack Scott.

The big moment finally arrived late on when Ed Dunbar’s pinpoint corner was powerfully headed home by Mo Bouzaine to send the supporters into delirium, and crucially, to clinch a historic sixth Varsity crown in a row for the University of Westminster.