3s suffer agonising Cup exit on penalties

3 Feb 2019

Despite a heroic performance over ninety minutes that earned them a 2-2 draw, the OHAFC 3rd XI suffered a dramatic, heart-breaking penalty shootout defeat to the Old Westminsters in the second round of the Junior League Cup on Saturday.

In a fixture switched to the astroturf in Twickenham due to the Harrow pitches being unplayable, the Blues produced a superb first half display against a side who play two divisions above them in the Arthurian League. Ned Callander scored twice inside five minutes midway through the half, the first a fine finish from an acute angle, the second a glancing header from Alex Smith's free-kick.

The visitors hit back after the break, scoring a similar goal to Callander's first to halve the arrears before levelling, deservedly, a quarter of an hour from the end. Harry Bick's free-kick, which clipped the top of the bar and flew over in the final minute, was the closest either team came to winning it inside the ninety minutes.

The penalty shootout that followed was one of the most dramatic involving an OHAFC side. Both teams scored their first two, before the visitors then missed their next two. With Harry Bick scoring Harrow's third, it meant that the Blues just needed to convert one of their final two efforts to win. Sadly, both Charlie Bick, who hit the bar, and Luke Berry, whose effort was saved, proved unable to clinch the win. And Westminsters stole an unlikely victory when they scored their sixth effort and Kyle Barrett could only watch in horror as his effort was brilliantly saved.

Saturday's team lineup, match report and photos are now available in the results section here.