Magill Park hosted the Saturday games for the opening round of the Alan Walker Cup. In the first game, Wanderers took on Steel in the reserves with the Blues running out 2-0 winners, with young star in the making McEwan grabbing both goals.
It was a different story in the A grade as Steel easily took care of Wanderers in a 4-1 victory with Whyalla soccer legend Aaron Ledington scoring a brilliant hat trick as newcomer DeRosa also found the net with a deft finish. The middle game saw Croatia defeat Port Lincoln 2-0 with veteran Garma scoring with a header and Rigg with a long run also slotted home for the red-and-white.
In the next set of games Lions took on Westland United in the reserves and Joel Howard-Bristrow had a day to remember with all four goals in a 4-0 win with his fourth being a beauty in the top corner from 20 yards.
In the final A grade game Lions run out 2-1 winners. Kinnear scored a header for Lions only for it to be cancelled out by a first A grade goal by young gun Jackson from the penalty spot. In the last kick of the game though Colaruotolo found the net direct from a corner to take the points. Sunday’s fixtures were held at Dakalanta Park with the first game taken out by Westland United in a forfeit. In A grade, Croatia edged out Westlands 1-0 in an even contest with former Red Devil Reggie Evans slotting the winner under a committed keeper. In the middle game Port Augusta and Steel United fought out a tough 0-0 draw. In the next game Lions narrowly won against Wanderers 2-1 while in the first team Lions beat the blues 1-0 with Steven Kinnear scoring his second header in two games.
The games start at Jenkins Park on Saturday as undefeated Lions take on league champions Steel United. Lions have hit the ground running while the green machine easily took care of their opposition last weekend, Ledington and Kinnear have started like a house on fire for their respective teams. In the second set of games Wanderers tackle Croatia. The Blues’ finals hopes were quashed on Sunday but that won't stop them from wanting to put in a good performance in readiness for the league proper while Croatia have everything to play for after last week’s victory. Sunday's fixtures will be played at Croatia Park as Croatia host Lions which could be a elimination final as both teams have started well. In the second set of games Steel tackle Westands.
- NIFTY PATERSON