A brave Lions came from two goals down to eventually win 3-2 at Magill Park on Sunday to remain top of the league in a remarkable comeback performance.
Steel had the better of the first half creating plenty of early chances when eventually after 20 minutes Jackson was brought down in the box and Joslyn converted the spot kick to put the home team 1-0 up.
Ten minutes later Joslyn brilliantly brought the ball down and turned his marker in one motion before slipping the ball under a committed Welgraven in goal to make it 2-0 to Steel.
Just before half time Lions got back into the game when Colaruotolo’s free kick was only parried away by Kilpatrick into the path of Pyett and he cooly side footed home as Steel went into the break a goal up.
Steel came out for the second half minus captain Ledington who injured a hamstring and that’s all the invitation Lions needed as they lay siege on the home sides goal.
Twenty-five minutes into the second half after missing some easier opportunities Lions equalised with a goal of the year contender.
As the ball was cleared by the Steel defence it fell to Kinnear and his textbook chest trap and volley flew into the top corner from 25 yards out for a stunning equaliser.
With five minutes remaining Lions got their winner.
As the ball was played in, substitute keeper Jackson fumbled and Worsnop pounced on the loose ball only to be brought down right on the goal line, Colaruotolo scored from the spot to put them ahead.
Jackson fumbled and Worsnop pounced on the loose ball only to be brought down right on the goal line, Colaruotolo scored from the spot to put them ahead.
With seconds remaining Lions nearly threw it away as Green hit the post from six yards out but Lions held on to notch another victory in their title challenge.
In the reserves, a winning goal from veteran Razz Oaten saw Lions overcome a gallant Steel 2-1 to stay in the title race.
Saturday’s game saw Wanderers bounce back from a drubbing the week before to record a 4-2 win over Westland United at Dakalanta Park.
It was Westlands who took the lead after 10 minutes as Rhodes goal bound shot after rounding the keeper was inadvertently put into his own net by Gill for an OG.
Ten minutes later Wanderers equalised as confusion in the Red Devils box saw the defenders leave it and Aitkin snuck through knock it in from close range for 1-1.
With five minutes to go before half time a strong run by Kalmar saw him hold off his marker and as Rowlands saved his effort, Rhodes followed up the rebound to put the home side back in the lead .with a low finish.
Amazingly Wanderers equalised within 10 seconds.
From the resulting kick off the ball was floated into the direction of young Jordan Kuchel and he showed great technique to flick the ball over the head of his marker and hit a sweet half volley into the far bottom corner as both sides went into the break locked at 2-2.
As the second half wore on Wanderers started to get on top and took the lead 25 minutes in as a corner was whipped across the six yard box and missed everyone except Dawson at the back post and he bundled it home for the blues to go 3-2 up .
With 15 minutes to go Westlands were reduced to 10 players as Anderson saw red and with only seconds remaining Aitkin smacked home a beauty from the edge of the 18 yard box that flew pasted Gibbs in goal to make it 4-2 as Wanderers record a welcome victory.
In the reserves, Wanderers kept up the pace with Lions in the title race with a 5-2 win over Westlands that included a hat trick to the blues Waleson.
This weekend’s games
This weekend’s games see a catch up match played at Croatia Park on Saturday night from round three with Croatia and Westland United going head to head.
Croatia go into this fixture looking to record the win that would put them top of the ladder on goal difference over Lions and will welcome back Dixon and Baldwin as they put their hand up for selection after missing the trouncing of Wanderers in their last outing.
Corey King had his best game so far this season in that game and showed he can be a match winner on his day.
Westlands had a bit of a second half fade out against Wanderers last week, the weeks of players playing two games in some fixtures maybe starting to take its toll.
Edmondson and Rhodes came off sore in that game and could be doubtful and Anderson will serve a suspension but Mitchell and Wright maybe available for this one to boost their squad.
Westlands will fight to the end but Croatia look too strong in this one.
Gates open at 5.30pm.
LEADING GOAL SCORERS
Sullivan (Croatia) 12
Joslyn (Steel ) 9
Canny ( Croatia) 8
Colaruotolo (Lions) 8
Kinnear ( Lions) 8
Green ( Steel) 8
Turner ( Wanderers) 11
Riding ( Wanderers) 11