Lions regain winning ways at Wentworth Park

Tussel for the ball with Clarence player Adam Hedge, and Lions backman Tom Mcdonald
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The Kingborough Lions have bounced back in fashion after last weeks disappointing result to Olympia. Despite having a under strength XI and a couple suspensions they won 5-1 on the road at Wentworth park over Clarence United.

In the 22nd minute Clarence’s defence was broken when a corner ball was sent in from Cameron Steele, lots of bodies clashed for it but it was Brayton Allen waiting to pick up the pieces for only his second goal of the season as he slotted it home for the Lions first.

In the 30th minute Jake Brennan sent in a good cross for Phillip Kantzos when he got onto his preferred foot and knocked it in for a good finish down the middle past keeper Nicholas Downham.

Kantzos turned into provider shortly after when he launched in a good ball to lurking Jacob Brennan who brought it down to his boot and calmly finished into the bottom right corner for the Lions third in the 36th minute.

Joel Sammut turns sharply for Lions
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A lifeline of sorts was given to Clarence when they found the net off a looping free kick where Jackson Ebini was waiting unmarked and hit it past keeper Jake Hayers to make the scores 1-3 at the break. Regular keeper Kenneth Perkinson was absent today due to family commitments so Hayers was given his NPL debut.

Making his NPL Debut, Lions keeper Jake Hayers palms away a dangerous ball
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Late in the second half the Lions scored off another corner when Joel Sammut sent in a hopeful ball, defender Nicholas Cuthbertson got on a sharp angle and somehow found boot to ball and made sure that would be the Lions fourth of the game.

Lions midfielder Cameron Steele weaves past traffic. Photo Credit Pless Pix

Cameron Steele was the final goalscorer of the day when he was delivered a good ball from Brennan and hit it hard on the volley for a quality finish.

My honourable mention go to young James Hall who occupied the wings well causing all sorts of trouble for the Clarence defence, sending in multiple crosses and taking on a couple players here and there if you don’t mind.

After the game Kingborough defender Danny Cowen was overall pleased with his side coming through for the win. “Job done, 3 points is another 3 points, good effort by the boys, Steele is a class act, just needed to close it out a bit better in the full 90 and press in a bit harder”

Danny Cowen interview

Clarence manager Warren Burt was satisfied with his teams efforts. “First half we played a good game, scoreline somewhat in our favour, but the performance was not great in the second period, nice to see Ibini on the sheet getting a goal, we can take a lot out of this game with the structure and passing we did.”

Warren Burt interview

Written by Tanner Coad