Photos (Top to Bottom): Metro's Jayden Wiggins gets in a header ahead of Kingborough's Tom McDonald; Kingborough's Ryan Bevan tries to get a piece of the action against two Metro opponents; Metro keeper Nathan Grandin goes for a cross with Kingborough's Will Abbott; Tom McDonald nets Kingborough's second goal; Metro keeper Alex Dand clutches the ball as Kingborough's David Abbott tries to score; Will Abbott and David Cooper are beaten to a header by a Metro opponent; Kingborough's Damien Pearce fights Metro's Jeremy Morris for the ball as Trent Pearce watches; Metro's Aaron Marney on the run shadowed by Kingborough captain Marcello Marchioli; Kingborough's Will Abbott heads at goal [PlessPix]
Kingborough Lions United beat Metro 4-0 in a pre-season friendly at North Chigwell today.
Goals by Marcello Marchioli and Tom McDonald gave Kingborough a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Metro pressed for the first 20 minutes of the second half without scoring, although they did have a goal disallowed because of handball.
Kingborough regained their composure and goals by McDonald and David Abbott completed their tally.
Will Abbott played in defence for Kingborough. He will have another month’s trial with Brisbane Roar in July this year.
“I thought it was a good hit-out and I thank Metro for putting on a game for us and letting us use their ground,” said Kingborough coach, Tim Dale. “It’s not easy to get a ground.
“I thought we played well in the first half and knocked it about well and controlled the game well.
“In the second half, we got a bit tired and a bit sloppy with a few things.
“I made a fair few changes and changed things around a bit, which meant we lost a bit of cohesion.
“It’s the first time we’ve had a few of the boys here and it was probably only really our second practice game.
“It was a fair effort and I was quite pleased.”
Metro coach, Matthew Rhodes, acknowledged his side were well beaten.
“They outplayed us, Rhodes said. “They played very well and I was very impressed with them.
“They played some lovely soccer, two-touch soccer, and they were very impressive today.
“The first half they totally dominated. I think the first 20 minutes of the second half, we had a few chances and took it up to them, but they’re a class lot.
“I think Tim did a wonderful job with them. It was a good lesson for us.”
In another friendly, goals by Jonathon Lo and Dylan Postma gave South Hobart a 2-0 win over Beachside at Wellesley Park.