Joslyn inspires Steel Utd

Anthony Joslyn scored two and set up another three as he inspired Steel United to a 6-4 win over a gallant Lions at Jenkins Park on Saturday.

Anthony Joslyn scored two and set up another three as he inspired Steel United to a 6-4 win over a gallant Lions at Jenkins Park on Saturday.

It was Lions though who started the best and after 20 minutes Bonello cut the ball back for Howard-Bristow to score from close range for a 1-0 lead.

Steel slowly started to come into the game and on 35 minutes Joslyn cut onto his right foot and unleashed a vicious low shot from 18 yards that nestled in the near bottom corner.

Soon after he crossed for DeRosa to slide home a second and just before half time Joslyn showed strength to hold off his marker to smack home a left foot shot past Kilpatrick as the away side went in the sheds 3-1 up.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, defender Corney got into the action with a thumping header from a corner to give Steel a 4-1 lead but soon after Lions got one back, Hazel's flick header from a free kick floated over Welgraven and just inside the far post.

The action now was thick and fast, Green took advantage of a mix up in Lions’ defence to round the keeper and coolly side foot into the net for a 5-2 lead but two minutes later Lions clawed another back as Howard-Bristow's "shot come cross" deceived the keeper to bring the yellow and black back into the game.

With only minutes remaining Joslyn glided past two players to set up DeRosa for his second and with the last play of the match substitute Darby scored a wonderful overhead kick for Lions past Welgraven but it was Steel who prevailed 6-4 in a highly entertaining game.

In Sunday's game Westland United drew 0-0 with Wanderers in an end to end high paced game that no one could believe ended scoreless.

The blues started the best and after 15 minutes McDermid flashed one just past the post from 20 yards out and soon after Albonio should have done better smacking his shot off the upright with a clear chance on goal.

Westlands then got into their stride and finished the half the better as Gibbs and Mitchell had headers well saved by Rowlands between the sticks.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Mitchell's header from a corner just went over and as the ball was lifted upfield Turner wicked volley stung the hands of Hodgson in the Red Devils’ goal.

With 10 minutes to go, Rhodes’ header was cleared on the line by Neilsen and with only minutes to go both teams could have stole it.

Dale Robinson's rocket free kick was superbly saved by the keeper in the top corner and Rhodes then took the ball down field and his low shot from an angle was finger tipped away by Rowlands as both sides settled for a point each.

This weekend’s games

At the weekend there will be a blockbuster on Sunday as Steel United host Croatia at Magill Park in a game Steel must win to keep their chances of retaining their title alive.

Steel were back to their attacking best against Lions last week with precision movement in the final third and clinical finishing.

Michelides is a very handy defender and is getting more comfortable every game, while utility player Woodall did well when called upon.

Coach Docherty knows though his defence will have to tighten up against the league leaders if they are to prevail here.

Croatia coach Ferguson's only headache is his selection for the weekend as many players are putting their hands up for a starting spot in the first team as the reserves plough through their opponents every week.

Croatia have had many plaudits for their attacking style this season but it's their defence of Dixon, Sheedy, Verdoorn, Oberthur and keeper Tudhope that have only conceded five goals so far that's impressed me the most.

Croatia has the form but against Steel at Magill Park is another prospect. Steel to win in an upset.

In Saturday's game Wanderers tackle Lions at Swandel Park with both sides looking for the points to consign the other to the bottom of the ladder.

Wanderers had plenty of chances against Westlands last week but luck and a bit of composure in the box cost them at crucial times.

Young Albonio is getting more confident with every game and looks a good future prospect, while Rowlands heroics in goal last week gained his side a point.

Lions took it up to Steel in their previous outing and were without a host of players including Worsnop, Niemann, Neilsen and Carruthers.

James Hazel has been one of Lions’ best this season, his work rate, skill and eye for goal make him very dangerous.

If Lions get some of their big names back, I think they can win in a close one.

Top goal scorers

A grade leading goal scorers

15 Joslyn (Steel) 

13 DeRosa (Steel) 

11 Hwata (Croatia)  

9 Green (Steel) 

7 Eston (Croatia)

7 Longin (Croatia)

Reserve grade leading goal scorers

15 Dalbosco (Croatia)

10 Paterson (Croatia)

8 Buckley (Croatia)

7 Darby (Lions)

7 J. Kutchell (Wanderers)