Croatia defeat Lions in 3-1 upset

Croatia notched up their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Lions at Jenkins Park on Saturday. Lions had Nielsen missing but Pyett made his first appearance of the season while Croatia went into the game full of confidence after their outing against Steel last week.

It was Croatia that started well and went ahead as Sullivan converted a penalty to put them 1-0 up. Colaruotolo scored for Lions but further goals to Gill and Longin sealed a first victory of the year. The scoring for both sides could have been more but Cosgrove and Tudhope were superb in goal for their respective clubs. In the reserves Lions had a comfortable 6-0 win over Croatia.

Sunday's game saw Steel and Westlands play out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Magill Park. Westlands took the lead early as the ball fell to Payne in the box and he drilled it into the bottom corner for a 1-0 lead. Shortly after Steel won a Corner and Green rose highest to nod his header in for 1-1. It was Westlands once again to go back in front as Dave Dunbar got in between two defenders to flick his header over keeper Kilpatrick and inside the far post for 2-1. That lead only lasted one minute as Steel won a penalty and Green stepped up to cool slot it home for 2-2 and go top of the golden boot charts as well.

Westlands wouldn't be denied though and went into the half time break up as Dave Dunbar's shot looked to be going wide from a deflection but it spun wickedly off the turf to bounce in for 3-2. The second half was end to end action but it was Steel that once again fought back as Keegan Fay got put through and his stinging volley rocketed into the net for 3-3. Westlands could have won it in the end as Robinson weaved his way through only to sky his shot over but in the end a draw was deserving as both team put on a great game. In the reserves, Westlands won a 7 goal thriller 4-3 over Steel.

This weekend's games

This weekends games see Westland United and Lions at Jenkins Park on Saturday in a game both clubs will want to notch up their first league win of the campaign. Please note this was a Westlands home game on the fixture but have requested it be played at Lions home ground to give United time to try get their park in order.

Westlands were very good against Steel last weekend considering they were without three important players in Mitchell, Rhodes and Edmondson but seem to have decent depth in the wings. Baldwin and Delgaicco have settled in very nicely at their new Club while Jackson Snr looks like he's enjoying a second lease of life at the back in the first team. Lions created plenty of chances against Croatia last week and will be smarting from that defeat.

Nielsen was absent last week which hurt Lions forward line while Pyett may need a couple of games under his belt before he's full fit. Should be a pretty even contest, draw looks likely here.

A rejuvenated Croatia will host Wanderers on Sunday at Croatia Park looking to bury the ghosts of the smacking they got at the hands of the Blues in the league cup. Croatia's victory over Lions is a big step forward for the struggling club but they're slowly getting players back and new ones signed. My hat goes off to new coach John Morris who's had a big hand in this since taking on the job, his football knowledge and experience will be vital. Wanderers are coming off a bye last week which came at a good time. Wanderers won't be taking Croatia lightly here after their good start to the year but the Blues will still go in favourites.