Lions get over the line in a thriller at Lightwood Park

Kingborough’s Horacio Guitterez Jr heads home the first of the night
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Kingborough Lions have defeated Hobart Zebras 3-2 in the NPL TAS at Lightwood Park. Scoreless at half-time, the two teams certainly turned it on for the fans in attendance. Keenan Douce continued his form with his third goal in three weeks sealing the win for the Lions in the 84th minute.

Lion Nic Zammit received the first booking of the night when he committed a bad challenge.

Nicky Edwards and Nick Zammit

Zebras Manager Dave Smith received a yellow ticket of his own after an argument on a linesman’s call, proving that no one was safe from the referees book tonight.

Horacio Guitterez Jr was waiting at the far post and headed home past Zebra’s keeper Sam Whatman to give the Lions the breakthrough right after half-time

Matthew Sanders canceled out the lead in mere seconds. An looping cross from the wing found Sanders in the box who finished past Lions keeper Kenneth Perkinson.

Nick Cuthbertson brought the lead back to the Lions after a great leaping header courtesy another Steele setpiece. 

Lion’s Jack Turner goes in hard
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Luke Huigsloot and Zammit
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Zebra’s got the equaliser through an own goal from Lion’s Chris Downes.

Douce put the game out of the Zebras reach with a goal of the season contender. Douce saw Whatman off his line and fired in an amazing curling shot from outside the box to give the Lions the lead with only stoppage time to follow.

Full time and the Kingborough Lions picked up a much needed win after weeks of not being able to close out results.

Jan Charuza played his final game for the Zebras tonight after both parties agreed on an early release, so the Czech defender could return home with his family.

Jan Charuza receives a emotional send off from Manager Dave Smith
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