Phenomenal win for Steel

GOALS GALORE AS STEEL BEAT A GALLANT CROATIA SIDE 

Steel United overcome a gallant Croatia side on Saturday to register a phenomenal 9-6 victory at Croatia Park in round 1 of the League Championship.

Steel got off to a great start and got on the board early as Paterson scored his first goals for the club as King slipped him in for a one on one situation and then a shot just outside the box for his second.

Steel got off to a great start and got on the board early as Paterson scored his first goals for the club as King slipped him in for a one on one situation and then a shot just outside the box for his second.

At one stage Steel held a 6-2 lead but Croatia came roaring back as Sullivan, Gill and Longin all scored and all of a sudden it was 6-6.

This put a fright into the Steel camp and soon skipped away again as Ledington score two cracking free kicks and green got another to complete this hat trick to eventually run out 9-6 victors.

Scorers

Steel: Ledington 3 , Green 3 , Paterson 2, Wade 1

Croatia: Sullivan 2, Gill 2, Longin 2

In the reserves, Steel had a comfortable 4-0 win over Croatia.

Wanderers edge Lions in hard-fought 3-2 contest

In Sunday's game, Wanderers edged Lions 3-2 in a hard-fought contest at Swandel Park to keep their unbeaten start to the season in tact.

Wanderers had cup heroes Ratzlaf, Brown and Dale Robinson unavailable while Lions were without Welgraven and Kinnear.

Lions started the better and had some half chances but it was Wanderers who got on the first after 15 minutes as the ball fell to Papoulis in the box and he was able to chest it down and beat Martins Elmo between the sticks with a low shot for a 1-0 lead.

Ten minutes later Wanderers scored again as Papoulis was fouled just outside the box and Joslyn curled a free kick that the keeper got a hand to but couldn't keep out for a 2-0 halftime lead.

The second half was only minutes old when Jordy Kuchel hit a thumping low cross into the box and Gonzales superb control and turn gave him an opportunity and he rolled it past keeper Marinkovic to pull one back.

Twenty minutes into the second half Joslyn got his second as he wiggled out of a tight situation and hit a low shot into the near bottom corner from just outside the box to give the blues a two goal buffer again.

Straight from kickoff Lions once again hit back as Gonzales diving header at the back post got them back at 3-2 down .

As the half drew on both sides had half chances but Wanderers held on to register their first points of the season in what should be a hard fought and close League championship.

In the reserves, Wanderers and Lions had a rare 0-0 draw to earn a point each.

PREVIEWS

THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES

This weekend's games see Lions host Croatia at Jenkins Park on Saturday with the home side looking to get their season up and running after their narrow loss to Wanderers last week.

Lions played well against the blues and still have players such as Pyett, Worsnop and Kinnear that have yet to appear this season with coach Murphy suggesting they'll be apart of the Lions squad this year.

Ben Longin and Luis Colaruotolo are a great central pair in midfield while Welgraven should be back between the sticks for this one.

Croatia may have got beat last weekend but they won plenty of admirers in the way they went about it and to score six against Steel is no mean feat so my hat goes off to them.

Sullivan and Alex Longin are seriously good players but unfortunately can't play every week which will hurt their squad but young Hayden Gill has found a new lease of life down at Croatia Park.

The once defender come attacker has scored four goals for his new club and is flourishing.

Croatia can't be underestimated but lions should win by a few.

Sunday's fixture sees the battle of the Uniteds as Steel welcome Westlands to Magill Park in the game of the round.

Although Steel they won last weekend coach Finnigan will be concerned in the manner of which they conceded six goals against a side that had only managed two up until that point this season.

Ledington and Green once again showed why they are in the elite of Whyalla soccer with a hat trick apiece last week, much will rest on their shoulders to provide inspiration throughout the year.

It will have been 28 days since Westlands first team last played and funny enough it was a 4-3 loss to Steel at Magill Park in the league cup.

Rhodes was missing that day and if available here could provide hope for a reversal in fortune from that last encounter.

One big loss is that of Edmondson after his leg injury, if he is to miss a big chunk of football this season that will hurt coach Mitchell's squad.

Should be a tight affair but Steel maybe more match fit going into this game and may win a close one.

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