sATURDAY NIght football. Kingborough Lions v Olympia FC Warriors
In one of the most remarkable games i’ve had the privilege to watch live, Olympia have pulled off one of the comebacks of the season to date beating a 9 men Kingborough Lions outfit 3-2 away at Lightwood Park, scoring all their goals in the final minutes of play!
The first goal of the night came in the 20th minute when all of the Lions pressing play had paid off when Chris Downes got onto a ball in the box and slotted it home past Warriors keeper Kyle Mcdonald.
Just a couple minutes after that, Olympia key forward Warren Wadawu for went down with some spiral to his credit after committing to a late challenge, he was cleaned up in the process by Lions defender Danny Cowen. Cowen did escape with a booking and Wadawu recovered.
The night was full of bookings as Olympia’s Lucas Hill and Jack Turner both earned themselves a yellow card for reacting on bad challenges.
Jack Turner was shown his marching orders and was given a red card after a hip and shoulder tackle was enough to give him a early shower. A real blow for the Lions as they had lost their strike force early and knowing they would have to try hold onto the lead with 10 men.
The second half began with more promise for the Lions when James Hall and US import Cameron Steele combined to give the Lions a second goal and possible breathing space, Steele had no troubles finishing into the bottom corner after a lovely ball from Hall.
At 2-0 you would of thought the game was out of the Warriors reach but what do they say? A 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead in football and tonight they proved it.
The comeback began when the Warriors found their space down the wing and whipped in a cross for Jordan Scott who tucked it home in the 88th minute.
It would be that man again Scott who this time scored from a free kick and curled it home past Perkinson’s right and at 2-2 with barely minutes left to play we had a game!
The game would reach its climax when Lions defender Keenan Douce gave away a penalty for a handball in the box, and was sent off leaving the home side down to 9 men before the penalty kick could be taken.
Up stepped UK import Jack Ryan who slipped on his mark but somehow got boot to ball and it went in the back of the top right and the Warriors had stolen it!
After the game Olympia manager Rob Clarke said “it was a game we shouldn’t of won, but we did somehow and that’s all that matters, helps keeps the pressure on Devonport Strikers at the top”
Lions assistant manager Gary Upton praised his teams efforts “just ran out of legs in the end but everyone put in a shift, disappointed to lose, but just a minor setback.
Olympia’s win keeps the pressure on the Devonport Strikers and brings their lead on top down to just two points.
1st Devonport 40 points
2nd Olympia 38 points.
An incredible game of football.
Written by Tanner Coad.