LEFT HEADER: Wanderers Glenn Kirkwood and Lions Steve Pyett fly for aheader during Sunday’s game with Lions Joel Niemann waiting for the outcome.
RACE FOR THE BALL; Wanderers Dylan Velthuizen-Kuchel races with Lions Steve Pyett to see which one gets to the ball first.
ALMOST A GOAL; Wanderers keeper Shannon Nielsen watches as the ball shaves the upright and goes out of play, with Lions Mick Prunty (10), team mate James Hazeal and Wanderers Stuart Dawson all watching the outcome.
Lions played its best game of the season, coming away with a very easy five goal win over a very disappointing Wanderers, final scores 6-1, young Brad Darby scoring a hat trick.
It was an almost complete team effort by Lions, while on the other hand, Wanderers struggled for most of the game, its defence in complete disarray as Lions’ forwards ran amok.
Wanderers started off going on the attack, but failed to get the ball past Lions’ stand in keeper Steven Kinnear, hitting the lead after about 10 minutes of play, Brad Darby scoring the first of his three goals, by placing the ball neatly over Wanderers’ keeper’s head.
Wanderers was still on the attack, but when Lions went forward, it was catching the sluggish Wanderers defence out of position.
Lions went further ahead from a James Hazeal goal and added another from a Mick Prunty strike, after a mistake by the keeper, Prunty following up to hit the ball back past him.
That was the score at the half, a three goal lead to Lions and in complete control, Wanderers unable to handle Lions’ pace and relentless pressure.
Lions went further ahead from a Steven Robinson goal, Wanderers hitting back from a Dylan Velthuizen-Kuchel goal, but it was all too late.
Lions was showing Wanderers just how to play pressure soccer, adding two more goals, both to Darby, Lions running the game right out to the final whistle.
While it was an almost complete team effort by Lions, it was a completely different story for Wanderers.
Its players seemed tentative and were always second to the ball for most of the game and although it had a few players missing from last weekend, it was a performance it would rather forget.
The loss has almost ended Wanderers’ title chances, but it can still cause headaches for opposing teams, but will need a change of attitude and its defence must play much tighter.
The win by Lions was even more meritorious when it had a couple of players pull out just before the match with injury and illness.
Best for Lions was Joel Niemann, Mick Prunty, Brad Darby and Steven Robinson, while for Wanderers its best was Alex Walkden, Josh Stewart and young Ben Robinson.
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