Gallant victory over Steel

Westland United had to fight but eventually got over a gallant Steel United side 1-0 at Magill Park on Sunday.

Steel had the first chance after 10 minutes as the ball hit the crossbar from a resulting corner and a goal mouth scrabble ensued before Westlands cleared the danger.

Westlands then had chances of their own as Steel Keeper Welgraven saved down to his left from Papoulis.

Soon after Keegan Fay had to clear off his own goal line as both teams went into half time locked at 0-0.

The second half started much the same but eventually Westlands started to get on top.

Westlands hit the post with the ball landing in the keeper's arms.

Papoulis had a stinging low shot saved by Welgravens feet at the near post.

With 10 minutes to go Westlands got the goal they craved.

Wright snuck forward and sent his glancing header past the keeper and in.

This seemed to spark Steel into life and peppered the Red Devils goal for the remaining 10 minutes as Westlands nearly put in their own net.

Jackson had his shot superbly saved by Gibbs and two appeals for a penalty went unheard but Westlands held on for a vital two points.

In the reserves, Westlands had an entertaining 4-2 win over Steel.

Saturday's game saw Lions ease past Croatia 5-1 at Croatia Park in windy conditions.

Lions led 3-0 at half time and two more in the second half saw off the home side with Croatia scoring a consolation near the end.

Lions scored through Worsnop 2, Gonzales 2 and Nielsen with Sullivan grabbing his usual goal for Croatia.

In the reserves, Lions had a comfortable 7-1 win over Croatia.

This weekend's games

This weekend's games see Lions hosting Westland United at Jenkins Park on Saturday in what should be a cracking game.

Lions are in decent form at the moment pushing leaders Wanderers all the way two weeks ago and then a big 5-1 victory over a full strength Croatia side last week has them full of confidence.

Their attacking trio of Gonzales, Worsnop and Nielsen ran riot last week and are providing targets upfront.

Westlands did it the hard way against Steel and had to survive a barrage at the end but won like good teams do at this stage of the season and extended their unbeaten run.

Westlands were missing some regular starters last week and whether there available here is unknown but Mitchell's footy commitments are over for the year and he should slot straight in at least.

Westlands will be favourites but Lions won't be an easy prospect.

On Sunday, Wanderers will tackle Croatia at Swandel Park in another game that could have ramifications at both ends of the table.

The Blues had the bye last week but in their previous outing they survived a plucky Lions outfit to win 1-0.

It wasn't the Wanderers we've been used to this season.

Their passing was off and they coughed the ball up too easily at times even though they created enough chances, especially in the first half, to kill the game off.

Jake Shannon missed that game and the tough defender should slot straight in and see Wanderers full strength for this match.

Croatia's loss to Lions was disappointing considering they had a fairly good side out.

They know they're better than that and Coach Morris will be trying his best to get the boys up for this one.

There's no doubting Sam Sullivan's quality.

The speedy forward has been a standout for Croatia this season.

He is still in contention for the golden boot even though he's missed games.

Croatia have enough good players to worry Wanderers but the home side will be favourites.