Wanderers snatch late draw over Croatia

Two goals by the mercurial Stuart Dawson in the final 15 minutes saw Wanderers snatch a late draw over Croatia at Swandel Park on Sunday.

Sullivan put the visitors ahead after 10 minutes as he knocked the ball wide to Faulds and his cross found Sullivan and he headed in from close range for a 1-0 lead.

Twenty minutes into the second half Sullivan was clear on goal and was brought down in the box for a penalty and he duly converted for a 2-0 lead.

After that Croatia lost momentum and the Blues started to dominate.

Dawson side-footed past Tudhope to pull a goal back and soon after Verdoorn had to clear off the line to deny and equaliser.

With five minutes to go Wanderers got a second as Dale Robinson put in a low cross from the right and Dawson wrong footed the keeper as the points were shared.

In the reserves Croatia pushed Wanderers all the way but eventually went down 7-4 to the league championship favourites.

Saturday’s game saw Lions stay on top with a 4-1 win over Westland United at Jenkins Park.

It was 0-0 at half time and all the action was in the second half as Colaruotolo kept up his rich scoring vane with two goals with Kinnear also chipping in with a brace himself.

Rhodes scored Westlands solitary goal as the Red Devils still search for their first victory of the season.

In the reserves, Lions kept on tails of leaders Wanderers with a 3-0 win over Westlands.

This weekend’s games see Westland United hosting Wanderers at Dakalanta Park on Saturday with both clubs looking for their first win of the season to get their campaigns up and running.

The mood seems to be quite good in the Red Devils squad despite struggling for numbers in the last couple of weeks and although they’ve lost their last two games they’ve scored five goals as Robinson, Wright and Rhodes always look dangerous.

Wanderers showed some real character coming from behind to snatch a draw against last seasons champions and will be bouyed by that display with Climpson forming a great understanding with Ratzlaf in the middle of the Park.

Unless it’s a draw, one of these teams will grab their first win.

On Sunday, Steel United will tackle Lions at Magill Park with the hosts looking for the win to keep in touch with the league leaders.

Steel had the bye last week and it came at the perfect time with Anthony Fay and Aaron Ledington nursing niggling injuries.

Bambridge was good last week upfront with tireless running and duly won man of the match.

Lions have really put their hat in the ring as championship contenders and a victory here would definitely erase any doubt.

Two goals by Kinnear last week shows the yellow and black have plenty of options when it come to selections with players being able to play in numerous positions.

If both teams are full strength it’s too hard to pick.