Wanderers enjoy enormous 18-1 triumph

Wanderers have inflicted one of Croatia's heaviest defeats in the history of their club with a 18-1 whitewash at Croatia Park on Sunday.

After copping big losses over the years themselves at the hands of the home side the blues showed no mercy as they piled on 11 goals in the second half alone at a rate of a goal every four minutes to smash some records of their own.

Hat tricks to Heron, Faulds, Papoulis and Dale Robinson got thing going with singles to Mikic, Fellah, Brown, Dawson and a Joslyn double completed the scoring with a consolation from Croatia's Hayden Gill against his old side at the final whistle.

In the reserves, Wanderers took the points with Croatia forfeiting.

Saturday's game saw Lions complete a 2-0 victory over Westlands at Jenkins Park to give them a slim hope of still qualifying for the final.

Brad Darby scored both goals for the yellow and black with both sides producing chances with Westlands failing two covert penalty opportunities.

In the reserves, Westlands booked a place in the league cup final with Wanderers in a clutch 4-3 win over Lions.


This weekend's games will be very interesting with three clubs still able to join Wanderers in the Alan Walker League Cup final with Steel United in the driving seat.

Saturday's game sees Lions tackle Croatia at Jenkins Park with a victory by a few goals to the home side could see them make the final depending on the result on Sunday.

Coach Murphy does have some headaches though with injuries to Nielsen and young Jordy Kuchel last week leaving his squad slightly thin with players already out or on the physio's table.

Brad Darby's two goals against Westlands were well taken and can get into good positions like a real goal poacher.

Croatia looked gutted last week with the heavy defeat but were still encouraged to play football when they did have the ball but it got all too much in the second half with players just waiting for that final whistle.

They'll be hoping it was just a bad day at the office as new coaches John Morris and Vinko Longin look to restore some pride.

Lions to win but Croatia to put in a spirited effort.

Sunday's game sees the battle of the Uniteds as Steel host Westland at Magill Park with much on the line for both clubs.

Steel only need a draw or better to qualify for the final, even a defeat by less than two goals will see them go through if their goal difference is better than that of Lions the day before.

Steel's crushing defeat of Lions in the first game has given them the advantage in the goal difference stakes but they'll still be looking for a win to go into the final in good form.

Wade and Boylan have settled in well at their new club and will be valuable players this season for the green machine.

It's simple for Westlands, they must win by three clear goals and hope their goal difference is better than that of Lions if they defeat Croatia on Saturday.

The Red Devils will be hoping Rhodes and Mitchell are available this week as they'll need all their big guns to try not only overcome steel but smack a few passed them in the process.

Should be a good game but I can't see Steel getting beat by three at home.