Tough victory over Lions

Westland United had a tough 3-1 victory over Lions at Jenkins Park on Saturday playing over a hour with a man down to take all the points.

Callum Baldwin got his marching orders only 25 minutes in but the Red Devils still went into the break 1-0 up and two more goals in the second half sealed the win with Lions also finding the net.

Rhodes, Payne and Dave Dunbar did the damage for Westlands while Dunn scored for the home team with Lions Jordy Kuchel receiving a second yellow card late in the game.

In the reserves, Lions had a 5-1 win over Westlands with up and coming star Callum McKay scoring a brace.

Sunday's game saw Croatia become the first side to take points off Wanderers this season with an entertaining 3-3 at Croatia Park and with it let the league know they'll be no pushovers this season.

Croatia started new signings Faulds and Ben Longin while Wanderers were missing Joslyn and Heron.

Croatia got off to the ideal start after five minutes as a well worked move saw Longin burst into the box and slot it past Marinkovic for 1-0.

"Croatia got off to the ideal start after five minutes as a well worked move saw Longin burst into the box and slot it past Marinkovic for 1-0."

Ten minutes later Papoulis turned Todd on the edge of the box and smashed it past Tudhope for 1-1.

Soon after the Blues went ahead as Croatia gave Papoulis too much space just outside the box and his dipping shot flew over the keeper and into the roof of the net for a 2-1 lead.

Faulds then came back to haunt his former teammates as his curling cross was attack by Sullivan who missed his header but this deceived the keeper and it crept just inside the far post for 2-2.

With 15 minutes to go before half time the ball rolled out of the Croatian 18-yard box and a thumping strike by Brown found the top corner to put the blues 3-2 up.

Straight from kickoff Croatia won a free kick and they floated it deep into Wanderers defence which was handled in the box and Sullivan smashed home his spot kick as both sides went into half time locked at 3-3.

The second half was end to end as both clubs looked for the lead.

Ben Robinson's heroic tackle denied Faulds who was through on goal for Croatia while Papoulis, Fellah and Dale Robinson for the blues were all thwarted by Tudhope in the last 10 minutes as Wanderers had Croatia camped in their half.

Croatia hung on though and with Wanderers Westlands and Steel, sit on three points after three rounds.

In the reserves, two goals by Bailey McEwan set up a 7-1 win over Croatia.

This weekend's games

This weekend's games see Westland United take on Wanderers on Saturday with the game being played at the blues home ground of Swandel Park.

Westlands are in good form at the moment and scoring goals doesn't seem to be an issue with six goals in their last two games.

Callum Baldwin will miss this one through suspension which may see Holland or Anderson deputies in his place.

Dave Dunbar has proved so far this season he can lead the forward line for the Red Devils this year with his strength and eye for goal.

For the first time this season Wanderers depth will be stretched as they lost Faulds who has gone back to Croatia while Corey Brown and Ben Robinson will likely miss this one through injury.

Coach Paterson will be hoping Joslyn and Heron are available after missing last week due to injury and illness respectively but the likes of Turner ,Tullet and Fellah have all come into the side recently and done a good job.

Papoulis is on fire at the moment and his old club will have to watch him closely.

Sunday's game sees Lions host Steel United at Jenkins Park with the home side desperately needing a win to get their title defence up and running.

Lions were unable to take advantage of the Red Devils going a man down last week and have started the league campaign with three defeats

and even though it's early, a loss here would make it very hard indeed to challenge for the title.

The loss of Longin who has returned to Croatia Park and the suspension of Jordy Kuchel will leave them thin in the middle of the park, much will rest on the shoulders of Colaruotolo this week.

Steel United too will have their depth tested as King has transferred back to Croatia while Bambridge is still four weeks away recovering from an ankle injury and experienced sweeper Fay maybe missing through work commitments.

Steel do have some good juniors coming through though with Kovacevic and DeSouza while Todd looks like he's got his fathers genes in Croatia legend Nick.

Unfortunately my confidant Nifty Paterson will be away for a couple of weeks so I'll do my best to keep you up-to-date on the Whyalla soccer scene.

In other news, Whyalla boys Rigg, Verdoorn, Biedenweg and Singh are carving up in the Adelaide under 18s competition in State League 2 with the Northern Demons.

Their sitting 6th on the ladder at the moment and are gaining momentum.

Cohan Morris and Lachlan Barr are enjoying a decent start to the season with federation side the Metro Stars and even though they lost 1-0 to Adelaide City at the weekend their sitting in 5th spot and looking to finish high up the table and qualify for the finals while their also in the quarterfinals of the federation cup in which Morris scored the only goal in their round of 16 .

If the Metro Stars can win the federation cup , the Whyalla boys could be up against some A leagues sides the the national FFA cup later in the year .