Wanderers leap to second

TIE: Steel United and Croatia played out an entertaining draw on Saturday which ended 3-3.

TIE: Steel United and Croatia played out an entertaining draw on Saturday which ended 3-3.

Wanderers leapt into outright second on the ladder with a 7-1 mauling of Lions at Jenkins Park on Sunday.

Wanderers had six regular first team players missing but showed they have great depth against an also depleted Lions.

Wanderers got off to a quick start as Dale Robinson danced through three players to roll it under Welgraven for a 1-0 lead, soon after Mikic was taken down in the box a Joslyn slotted the spot kick for 2-0.

The game was only 15 minutes old when the Blues got a third as quick feet by Joslyn just outside the box gave him enough space to crash one passed the goalkeeper for 3-0.

After 25 minutes a dazzling run by Arbon saw him cut the ball back to Fellah and he scored from close range at the second attempt for 4-0 but just before half time Lions pulled one back as Colaruotolo floated in a dangerous free kick behind the Wanderers defence and Jordy Kuchel found the corner with a low shot as the blues went into half time with a commanding lead.

The second half was only minutes old when Dale Robinson cut the ball back for Arbon and his close range volley made it five and soon after Robinson was fouled just inside the box and this time Mikic dispatched the spot kick for 6-1.

Lions then had a golden chance at the back post but Darby blazed over and with 15 minutes to go Joslyn completed his hat trick with a low shot into the bottom corner just outside the box to give Wanderers their biggest win over Lions in decades.

In the reserves, Lions struck late to secure a 2-2 draw with rivals Wanderers.

Entertaining draw between Steel, Croatia

Saturday's game saw an entertaining 3-3 draw between Steel United and Croatia at Magill Park.

The home side struck through Jackson, Wade and a first in years from veteran Anthony Fay while Croatia scorers were Alex Longin , Sullivan and Faulds.

With 10 minutes to go Ben Longin received a straight red card and Tudhope pulled of a point black save from Green at the death to earn his side a point.

In the reserves, Steel had a comfortable 6-0 victory over Croatia.

THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES

This weekend's games sees Croatia hosting Lions at Croatia Park on Saturday with both teams looking for the victory to keep in touch with the leaders on top of the ladder.

Croatia have been very good of late and with a bit of luck could have taken all the points last week.

Faulds has slipped right back into the groove with his old club but unfortunately Ben Longin will serve a suspension and will be sorely missed in the Croatia midfield.

Lions looked a shadow of themselves last week in their big loss to Wanderers, their normal robust intensity was lacking and their depth is being severely tested.

Pyett, Nielsen and Knox are all struggling for fitness and coach Murphy will have to try pick his players up off the canvas.

Should be a close contest but Croatia may have the edge.

Sunday's game has Westland United tackling Steel United at Jenkins Park with the home side looking to continue winning ways and stay top of the table.

Please note this game will be played at the home of Lions.

Westlands are going along just fine at the minute and with the rumours of Papoulis and Brown looking to return to their former club from Swandel Park, now sees them as slight favourites to win their first league championship since 2015.

After an injury plagued 2018 Mark Robinson is one of the form players of the competition so far this season and has given the Red Devils another dimension going forward.

Steel have been struggling for depth in the last few weeks with King returning to Croatia and injuries to Ledington and Bambridge but have found some gems in their up and coming Juniors.

Anthony Fay played a more forward role last week and it payed off with a cracking goal and assist in their 3-3 draw with Croatia, could be food for thought for coach Finnigan.

If Westlands have a reasonably strong squad they should win this one.