Monday, March 18, 2019

Kingborough Lions make it two wins from three games

Photo:  Riverside keeper Jarrod Hill towers above Kingborough's Jacob Brennan as he takes a cross [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 16 March 2019)

Kingborough Lions United 2 (H Gutierrez Jr 14, D Cowen 54)
Riverside Olympia 1 (R Kinslow 9)

HT:  1-1   Att:  100   Ref:  B Kopra

Kingborough Lions United:  Stalker  -  Douce, Cuthbertson, Sharples-Smithies, Zammit  -  Easton  -  Gutierrez Jr, Downes, Kantzos (Hall 54)  -  Cowen (McDonald 68), Brennan (Schuth 88)  (Subs not used:  J Davis, Muir)

Riverside Olympic:  Hill  -  Roberts (Prince 66), King, Olner (Monticchio 80), Jago  -  S Davis, Vigilante, Gilmore (Coert 72), Campbell  -  Humphrey, Kinslow  (Subs not used:  Murfet)

Photo:  Riverside skipper Ethan Olner climbs all over Kingborough's Tom McDonald [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United scored their second win in succession with this 2-1 victory over Northern outfit Riverside Olympic at Lightwood Park on Saturday.

A new American import for the Lions arrived straight from the airport minutes before the kick-off, but did not, of course, play.

The home side did most of the early attacking and were shocked when the visitors took the lead in the 9th minute through Rhys Kinslow, who attacked down the right after a long clearance by the Olympic defence and struck a powerful shot past Kingborough keeper Mitch Stalker.

This set-back saw Kingborough switch up a gear and Horacio Gutierrez Jr, an American import, equalised in the 14th minute after Phil Kantzos had created the opening.

Photo:  Kingborough's Noah Smithies-Sharples is up against a Riverside attacker [PlessPix]

Gutierrez Jr later hit the outside of the right-hand post as Kingborough fought to kill off their stubborn opponents.

The Lions hit the front 9 minutes after half-time when a fine attacking move saw Keenan Douce cross from the right and Danny Cowen virtually contorted himself to send a header into the net and make it 2-1.

With 15 minutes remaining, Jake Brennan was unlucky to hit the post for Kingborough.

Photo:  Kingborough's Joel Schuth shields the ball from Riverside's Michael Monticchio [PlessPix]

Chris Downes also went might close when his free-kick clipped the top of the Riverside crossbar.  Keeper Jarrod Hill was airborne and horizontal but didn’t get near it.

The win lifted Kingborough into third spot with two wins and a loss in three outings.

Riverside Olympic were second-last with no points from their two games.

Photo:  Kingborough's Dominic Easton in pursuit of a Riverside opponent as referee Brenton Kopra keeps apace [PlessPix] 

Photo:  Kingborough's Chris Downes survives a tackle [PlessPix] 

Photo:  The chase is on!  Kingborough's Horacio Gutierrez Jr in pursuit of a Riverside opponent. [PlessPix]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Boro don’t seem to have improved squad from last year. New players are not for positions where they are required. Forward third is biggest issue . Any team can sit behind ball and hope to defend for 90. It is what happens when ball is won and movement up the ground that will win you games. Very much lacking i this area.