Westland United regained top spot and dealt Croatia a huge blow with a 1-0 victory at Croatia Park on Sunday.
The only goal of the game scored by Papoulis saw Westlands go to 11 points on the championship ladder , one clear of Wanderers and Lions both on 10 points .
Croatia , on 8 points will need to win their renaming games and hope for a lot of results to go their way to claim the title in their anniversary year . In the reserves Westlands had a hard fought 3-2 win over Croatia.
Saturday's game saw Lions throw their hat in the ring for this season's title with a come from behind 4-3 win over Wanderers at Jenkins Park .
Gonzales got Lions off the mark but Wanderers hit back and lead 3-1 at haft time with goals from Fellah (2) and Arbon .
In the second half Lions roared into action and scored through Neilsen, J . Kuchel and K.kuchel to seal the win . In the reserves Lions keep their title hopes alive with a 3-2 win over leaders Wanderers.
This weekends games starts with a blockbuster between Westland United and Lions at Weeroona Bay oval on Saturday as both team strive for league championship glory .
Westlands win over Croatia last weekend has them in a prime position on top of the ladder and with a near full strength squad to choose from in the remaining games they'll be hard to run down .
The one thing I like about Papoulis is he seems to get the important goals when Westlands need them the most .
Lions comeback against Wanderers in their previous game kept them alive in the title race and a win here would possibly see them as new favourites to claim the league championship.
As a duo , Neilsen and Gonzales work so well together upfront and are a handful for any side . Too close to call but will be worth watching.
On Sunday Wanderers will tackle Steel United at Swandel Park in a game they must win to keep their title hopes alive. Wanderers gave up a handy lead against Lions last weekend and it could comeback to haunt them . Bone and Marinelli missed that clash but should be available here to boost the Blues hopes .
Steel United had the bye last week but in their previous match they had a 3-2 win over Westlands and will go into this game with renewed vigour .
Young Alex Watt has been fantastic of late and is getting better with every senior game under his belt . A close match is expected.
In other News Wanderers Daniel Arbon sits on 15 goals in the golden boot race , 5 ahead of Croatia's Sam Sullivan.