Croatia defeats Lions in semis

For the rest of the game, Steel piled forward and had numerous chances, but Gibbs has been in top form this season and held firm as Westlands won 3-1 and will met Croatia in the cup final while sitting a nice three points clear on top of the standings.

David Herbert

Croatia booked their place into the Alan Walker league cup final and a date with Westlands with a 3-0 victory over Lions at Jenkins park on Sunday .

Lions started brightly and had the early running but stout defending and a inspired keeper Rigg kept them at bay .

Croatia then found their feet and took the lead after 35min as Heron pounced on a loose ball in the box to fire home at the near post for a 1-0 lead .

5min later Croatia and Heron made it two .A great cross by Damon Rigg found Heron at the back post and his header went in off the crossbar as Croatia went into the break with a handy lead .

The second half saw Lions come at Croatia and soon after won a penalty but keeper Shaun Rigg twice denied Gonzales after a retake to hold out the home side.

Midway through the second half Croatia made the game safe as new signing Brooks stole the ball off the sweeper and side foot under Welgraven and into the net.

Lions has plenty of chances but Croatia were more clinical at the big moment and saw out the game comfortably.

In the reserves Lions had a 8-0 win over an undermanned Croatia.

Saturday's game had Steel United hosting Westland United at Magill Park and it was the ladder leaders Westlands who took the lead through Robinson but Steel hit back with a nice header by Todd .

Westlands took a lead into half time with a neat finish by Papoulis and just after half time Rhodes rounded the keeper and smacked the ball into an empty net to put his side further ahead .

For the rest of the game Steel piled forward and had numerous chances but Gibbs has been in top form this season and held firm as Westlands won 3-1 and will met Croatia in the cup final while sitting a nice 3 points clear on top on the league standings .

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