Slice of Cheese

Warriors Storm Back To Beat Lions

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The Olympia Warriors produced a strong second half fightback to stun the Kingborough Lions 4-2 in their Round 10 NPL clash. With the Lions holding sway 2-0 at half time thanks to goals from Kantzos and Cowen, the Warriors came out breathing fire in the second half and quickly reigned them back in. Goals from Hill and Castaneda got them back on terms before Joffrey N’koso and Alex Holmes settled the contest.\

After nothing of note happened in the first five minutes, in the 6th¬†minute, a cross from the right by Tim Baker picked out Phil Kantzos who headed home to give the Lions the shock lead from the game’s first chance.

Olympia keeper, Brett Johnson, then gave away a penalty midway through the half when he brought down Lions attacker Lewis Verdouw. The captain Danny Cowen stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-0 for the visitors.

That seemed to shock the Warriors into life and they came close to pulling one back before the break, only to twice be denied by O’Connel and be left frustrated for a lack of a penalty when Gurson went down in the area.

Sensing the need for action, Dale Itchins shuffled his deck and promptly switched to a 4-2-4 formation with Lucas Hill moved into midfield. The move paid immediate dividends and early in the half it was Hill bobbing up at the back post to cut the lead to 2-1 with his volley.

Before the hour mark, Olympia had erased the defecit, this time Eduardo Castaneda delivering a clinical finish into the roof of the net, being rewarded for his persistence.

Having come close to scoring twice in the game, Joffrey N’koso then scored the pick of the goals, as he drifted inside before firing it into the far corner to leave the keeper with no chance. The Warriors had come all the way back and now lead with 25 minutes still to go.

Kingborough looked shellshocked and had no way back, the Warriors were rolling with confidence and soon added a fourth to make safe the 3 points. Alex Holmes rose highest from a Wadawu corner and made it 4-2 with his headed effort.

For the Lions this must go down as yet another opportunity missed, they had the game in their keeping at the half but through it away so quickly in the second 45. Olympia meanwhile will need to carry momentum from their second half as they face the tough trip North to take on Launceston City next weekend.

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