Lions FC (2) v Sunshine Coast FC (1)
Sunshine Coast Fire travelled to Lions FC chasing their first win of the season against the undefeated Lions FC. Fire have been agonizingly close to victory over the past two matches and were confident they could match the ladder leading Lions with their speed up front and flair through the mid field.
Fire looked to have good energy to start the match with all players busy in defence.
Within the 1st minute of play goal keeper Bradford Green was called upon twice and looked at ease repelling the Lions attack.
On the stroke of three minutes of play the Lions No. 7 took a booming shot from with the box which struck the cross bar with a thud and rolled away harmlessly.
It took until the 5th minute of play for Fire to get a touch of the ball outside of their own half and Ryan Tappouras sent a killer pass between two Lions defenders to release Kaiden Dawson on the first of two threatening runs down the left flank. The first resulted in a corner and the 2nd only 30 secs later found Mark Shaw unmarked on the back post and could well have ended up in a goal.
In the 11th Mintute Tappouras sent Shaw down the right flank on a promising attack only for the Lions huge No6 to snuff out the opportunity.
In the 20th minute Lachlan Noyes sent a towering free kick towards the box only for the No6 to head it away to safety.
In the 23rd minute Luke Vancam doggedly tracked the right wing all the way to the box and shut down a dangerous chance.
In the 34th Minute Herbie Allsopp put Dawson away down the left flank only for the defender to stifle the shot.
Fire finished the half on top however the scoreboard showed nil all.
Half Time: Lions FC (0) v Sunshine Coast Fire (0)
James Ridley started the half with an attacking raid down the left wing as the Fire continued where they left off 1st half.
In the 39th minute Green made an impressive grab from a long shot to the top left corner.
In the 43rd minute Fire left a player open 30m out after a corner which saw him hit a perfectly flighted shot to the top corner narrowly evading the outstretched left arm of Green to burry itself in the net to see the Lions go up 1-0
In the 46th minute Dre’ Ngaha deflected a Fire corner with his right foot narrowly past the back post for a near miss.
In the 37th minute Ngaha put a perfectly weighted corner past the front post and over the goal line only for the ref to call no goal in a very close call.
In the 54th minute Dawson went on a run down the left wing and finished with a shot that was saved comfortably by the goal keeper.
On the 62nd minute a nice ball from Neo Anderson put Charlie Jeff away through the Lions back field only for the defence to block a pass from reaching a speeding Shaw who looked very dangerous.
In the 63rd minute Anderson was placed on report with a yellow card in an accidental strike to the face of his opponent.
After a strong showing at centre back Luke Vancam was moved to centre forward in a gamble for that elusive Fire Goal. It immediately paid dividends as he won the ball and deftly played it off to Dawson who struck a fine shot deep into the Lions net for a 1 all ball game.
In the 69th minute the Lions managed to Fire the ball into the box with the deflection finding the striker who managed to edge it past Green for a heart-breaking goal in the dying seconds. After being on top for such large periods of the game it was a tough way to finish for the Fire boys.
Full Time: Lions FC (2) v Sunshine Coast Fire (1)
Player of the Match: Luke Vancam
Lions FC (3) v Sunshine Coast FC (2)
The seventh round saw Fire’s first match against competition newcomers for the 2018 season, Lions FC. Lions FC have already been gaining successful results so Sunshine Coast FC entered the pitch prepared to be challenged.
Sunshine Coast FC started strong placing numerous shots on goal within in the first five minutes. The 7th minute saw the fruition of Sunshine Coast FC’s attack when a corner taken by Dimitri Westwood-Pritchard was finished off by Harry McMillan.
Sunshine Coast FC gathered some confidence and again drove forward to be met by the strong defence of Lions FC. Both teams challenged each other, placed shots on goal and defended hard.
Sunshine Coast FC finally broke down the opposition’s defence when Matthew Becker delivered a ball for McMillan to run onto and meet the Lions keeper for a one on one challenge on the 30th minute.
Half Time: Lions FC (0) v Sunshine Coast Fire (2)
Sunshine Coast FC returned to the pitch knowing they had to increase their lead with Lions FC not ready to back down. Lions FC came out solid, immediately driving towards the goals to place their first goal on the board on the 37th minute.
Lions FC gathered confidence and continued to push towards Sunshine Coast FC’s goals, placing pressure on Fire’s defence. This intense pressure resulted in a foul and a free kick taken by Lions FC for them to equalise on the 43rd minute.
Sunshine Coast FC didn’t give up as they continued to attempt to drive forward, consistently being shut down by Lions FC and met with an attack in return. Lions FC broke down Sunshine Coast FC’s defence on the 60th minute to score the final goal of the match.
Full Time: Lions FC (3) v Sunshine Coast Fire (2)
Player of the Match: Lucas Kljajcin
Lions FC (0) v Sunshine Coast FC (3)
After securing two straight wins the U15 Fire team wanted to keep up with that winning streak.
Some great ball movement straight away from the Fire team, Aughterson got possession of the ball on the wing and moved it to Fire midfielder Williams. Williams then put a nice ball through to our striker Nelson in the first minutes of the game.
It was in the 11th minute when the Lions took a corner and put a shot on goal. Only to be saved by our goalie Morwood.
Evans-Gilham in the 14th minute took a great run down the wing and was able to take the ball all way for a shot on goal.
In the 15th minute Emery and Boshoff joined the boys on field. It was Emery straight away intercepting the Lions attack and taking the ball. He found Boshoff in the clear and distributed a nice ball for him to take a shot on goal. Unfortunately, it went over the goal.
A goal was sure to come soon, and the boys kept pressing.
It was the 34th minute when we saw some great 1-2 action between Evens-Gilham and Cullen. Cullen took a touch and put it in the top corner of net.
Half Time: Lions FC (0) v Sunshine Coast Fire (1)
The second half started with plenty of enthusiasm and intensity.
Harvey with his speed outpaced Lions players to then get a nice pass off to Nelson who then returned the ball to Harvey who got a shot on goal in the 42nd minute. Still the score remained 1:0 to Fire.
Again, the impressive Harvey, Nelson duo come back only a minute later to try again.
The Lions just couldn’t break Fire’s solid defense line.
Harvey’s hard work paid off in the 60th minute. He scored making it 2:0.
Another goal was to come when Boshoff scored in the 67th minute.
Full Time: Lions FC (0) v Sunshine Coast Fire (3)
Player of the Match: Connor Cullen