Nine players on the pitch surely didn’t make life easier
By Reuben Pinder
In the Women’s Football, our Dragons were slayed by the the University of West London Warriors in a 4-2 loss full of chances, injuries and controversy.
On a drizzly, windy afternoon in Ealing, the Warriors dominated the early stages and raced into a two goal lead before the 23rd minute. The first goal was a looping lob that the Westminster goalkeeper allowed to slip through her hands. The second, a pin point square ball, slotted home with ease.
The Dragons showed fight, reacting immediately with a goal a minute later. However, West London controlled the rest of the first half, as number 11 Stefania Quintero stood out as the star player. The Warriors peppered the Westminster goal, but Lilli Zijmers in goal made a sequence of good saves.
A goalmouth scramble threatened the Westminster goal, but somehow it was cleared. Then in the 36th minute, Quintero made it 3-1 to West London.
In the 40th minute, West London were awarded a contentious penalty for handball, although the ball appeared to hit the offending player in the face. The penalty was struck against the bar and the taker couldn’t get the rebounding ball under control and the chance escaped her.
Early in the second half, West London’s standout player, Quintero added a fourth and the game was as good as lost for the Dragons. They managed to pull one more back, ending the game 4-2, a respectable result given the injuries that hindered their second half. Westminster lost two players to ankle injuries in quick succession and due to a lack of available substitutions, finished the match with nine players on the pitch.
Injured captain, Shannon Ince told The QH that she was disappointed with the way the match was handled as well as the result. “The ref hasn’t moved from the centre circle. We’ve also seen three players for West London who didn’t play the last two times we played them.” Her grievances were shared among most of the team, on a day when the Dragons had their wings clipped several instances of bad luck.