Lions Take Revenge To Maul Warriors


Andrew Cooling 

A difficult week had a sweet ending for the Kingborough Lions as they exacted some form of revenge upon the Olympia Warriors, defeating them 5-2 at Lightwood Park. The Lions roared out of the blocks, taking a 2-0 lead inside of four minutes and despite going down to 10 men early in the second half they held on to to claim the victory.

The opening goal certainly wasn't the prettiest, Danny Cowen eventually bundling home the ball following a scrap in the box that saw the ball pin-balling around, but it provided them the dream start.

The second was even scrapper, coming just two minutes later from another Downes corner which Jackson Nugent got the final touch upon to see it over the line and have a fired up home crowd delirious with the 2-0 lead.

Nick Mearns came close to pulling one back shortly after but Grace was off his line smartly and got down low to deny him.

Shane Cartwright then threaded a superb through ball, picking out Gates to perfection who raced onto it and fired home to make it 3-0 just before the half hour mark.

The powerful front man was starting to loom large once again and Stalker, deputising for Gioffre in the Warriors goal did well to beat away a fierce drive from him as the Lions threatened to make it 4-0.

Wadawu then spurned a great chance running onto a Hickey ground cross just before half time.

Having squandered a 3-0 lead the last time the two sides met, nobody was taking anything for granted this time.  Especially when captain Nick Cuthbertson was red carded for a last man challenge in the box on Wadawu and Gavin Hoy converted the penalty to close the gap to 3-1.

But there was to be no miraculous come back today, it was a determined Lions side with a point to prove who were not going to give this game up, it simply meant too much to them.

Danny Cowen who played with plenty of fire in his belly, out muscled Jake Vandermey and got on the end of a long ball over the top before stroking it home into the bottom corner to push the lead back out to three goals at 4-1.

Gavin Hoy was not going to give it up though, the Canadian continuing his rich vein of form with the goal of the game. He struck a powerful drive from 30 yards out into the bottom right corner after picking the ball up just beyond the centre circle.

Had Nick Meredith or Warren Wadawu done better with their chances from inside the box in the final 10 minutes it could have been a nervy finish but Meredith fired tamely at Grace and Wadawu had his effort blocked.

The Lions were determinedly holding on for dear life as Vandermey then had one cleared off the line and Little smashed the follow up into the post, evidence perhaps that this was to be the Lions day.

For the second week in a row Daniel Gofton made an impact from the bench, this week seizing on Hickeys underhit back pass and scoring one for himself as he rounded Stalker and calmly placed the ball home to seal a memorable 5-2 victory.



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