The first Football matches of 2019 took place on Thursday with U14 games at Vincent Square against near neighbours, City of London. The 14As battled into a hard-fought 1-0 lead at half-time, courtesy of a goal from a corner by Sachin Lavender. Then early in the second half, they doubled their lead when Nat Lansing robbed the opposition defender of possession inside the penalty area and fed the ball to Joaquín Segal who finished coolly into the bottom left corner. Westminster were in control of the match now but with just over 5 minutes remaining City pulled a goal back which triggered some panic in the home team’s ranks. The opposition piled on the pressure but, after some desperate defending, Westminster were able to hang on for a deserved 2-1 win. The 14B match was equally keenly contested but this time it was the opposition who were able to hang on for a win by the odd goal as City were victorious by 3-2, in spite of a brace from Diego Danese.
Saturday brought the annual senior fixtures against the Old Westminsters with the School’s 1st, 2nd & 3rd XIs all in action up Fields. The 1st XI produced a notable 2-1 victory over a strong old boys team thanks to goals from Bhushan Dadarkar and Connor Manning. In truth, the match was decided by a tale of two penalties in two minutes in the last quarter of the match. Firstly, the School were awarded a penalty which Manning calmly converted, and then the Old Westminsters had their chance to level from the spot, only for Alex Cowling to deny them with a good save. Simultaneously on the adjacent pitches, the 2nd & 3rd XIs were enduring more difficult afternoons as they competed well but came off second best against powerful old boy sides.