Wanderers made it two wins on the trot as they defeated Steel 3-1 on Saturday. It was a nice day for soccer at Magill Park as the home side had Green on the bench as Papoulis started his first game for the blues.
Steel took the lead early in the game as a mix up in defence saw Young keeper Marinkovic foul Bambridge in the box and Boylan smacked his spot kick low into the corner for a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later Wanderers drew level as Papoulis rounded sweeper Fay in the box and scored low from a tight angle for 1-1 and that's how it stayed til half time.
Wanderers started the better in the second half with Steel forward Doug Wade looking frustrated as the lone striker. Steel then started to get on top and had a good spell but this only resulted in shooting from outside the box as the blues sat deep with plenty of numbers behind the ball. With a quick counter attack Papoulis was once again slipped in by Mikic and he coolly made it 2-1 to Wanderers.
With a quick counter attack Papoulis was once again slipped in by Mikic and he coolly made it 2-1 to Wanderers.
Green then came on for the home side and it lifted Steel once again to try equalise but another lightning counter attack by the blues saw a total of only three touches before Faulds slid the ball into the path of substitute Fellah and he popped the ball over the diving Kilpatrick and into the net as Wanderers rounded off a victory in good fashion 3-1 .
In the reserves, Wanderers recorded their first win of the season with a comprehensive 6-0 thrashing of Steel with Mustafa Fellah showing the way with two well taken goals.
On Sunday, Westlands eventually over ran a gallant Croatia side 6-0 to bring up their first victory of the year. Payne started his first game back for Westlands since returning to the club while Croatia debuted their new signing Matt Beazley at centre half.
Westlands started the better but it was Croatia with the first good chance as the ball fell to Sullivan at the back post but Gibbs saved well to parry it away, soon after though Westlands went 1-0 up. Rhodes had time outside the box and hit a rocket that went like a tracer bullet into the top corner as Westlands took the lead.
Croatia then continued to frustrate Westlands for much of the first half as the Red Devils went into the break with a narrow lead. Westlands then bounced out the boxes in the second half as Edmondson with a quick fire double with a tap in and his second came as he rounded the keeper and slotted in for 3-0.
Tudhope was then beaten at his near post as Robinson scored and two crosses from Rhodes deceived the keeper yet again and both found the net as Rhodes completed his hat trick for a comfortable 6-0 victory. In the reserves, a superb goal by Darby saw Westlands defeat Croatia 4-0.
This weekend's games
Croatia vs Steel Utd
Saturday at Croatia Park
Croatia were very gallant on the weekend in their 6-0 loss the Westlands with many players playing two grades.
Vinko Longin maybe in his 50s but he was very comfortable on the ball while Garma, Sullivan and Butler gave them something to work on as they still try to bolster their squad.
Rendulic seemed to have injured his knee and may miss this one but Banovic should be available to make his first start of the season.
Steel are coming off a defeat at home in their last outing and didn't look the side that pumped Lions the week before.
Green will be hopeful he'll take his place in the starting line up this week while young Keegan Fay didn't look comfortable in the middle of the park from his usual wide role. New signings King and Paterson have started off ok so far but they'll improve as they gel with their new teammates. Steel to win by a few.
Wanderers vs Lions
Sunday at Swandel Park
A win here to the home side should see the blues a guaranteed top two finish and a Alan Walker league cup final berth. After their narrow win in their first game with a near dramatic collapse in the final 20 minutes against Westlands, Wanderers looked a more solid unit with Papoulis starring in a 3-1 win over Steel.
Faulds has given them another dimension up front and Ben Robinson is flourishing in defence as Shannon has taken a lot of pressure off him as they share the centre half duties.
To be fair to Lions they actually played alright in their first game and the 8-2 score line was a bit harsh as they played most of the game with only 10 players.
They still have most of the squad that won the league last season and with new signing Longin and the Kuchel brothers, they'll be hard to hold out once again. Lions had the bye last week so they may be a little underdone at this early stage of the season, Wanderers to win in a tight one.
SOS for Croatia
If there are any ex-players or players that haven't signed for a club yet and are looking to play this season Croatia would love to hear from you. Even reserve grade players that feel they could play A Grade and get 90+ minutes a week .
Not only would you be helping out the league's most successful club, you would be doing the whole of Whyalla soccer a huge favour to try keep this proud club in the league and keep the association strong. If you are interested please call Eddie Ferguson on 0407 792 192, Yakka Banovic on 0413 104 961 or turn up the training at 6pm every Tuesday and Thursday at Croatia Park.