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International Football Returns To Lions Stadium

Lions fall to 4-2 defeat against an enthusiastic Solomon Islands side that is preparing for their upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Lions FC ended their preseason with a humbling defeat from the Solomon Islands, who are challenging for a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Despite falling two goals down in the opening quarter of the match, our Lions showed mettle to battle from behind and level the scores at 2-2.

Solomon Islands captain Micah Lea’alafa opened the scoring from the penalty spot before an own goal from Andy Thompson doubled our advantage.

Alex Fiechtner continued his form from last season, pulling one back with a stunning goal on the brink of halftime, after switching feet and placing the ball in the top left corner. He was also responsible for the equaliser twenty minutes into the second half, rolling the ball into the back of the net after an unselfish pass from Andy Thompson left him in front of an open goal.

Our joy was short-lived unfortunately as the Solomon Islands hit back immediately through Joses Nawo, who capitalised on a defensive error to give his side their third goal of the game.

The final blow in an entertaining effort came from substitute Ali Mekawir, who sealed a deserving win and rewarded the passionate Solomon Islands supporters who created a wonderful atmosphere alongside our Lions supporters.

It was a great match to watch, and a great test for our Lions against a quality side that plays stimulating football. Head Coach Darren Sime commented on the quality of the opponent, with all focus now on our season-opening against Gold Coast Knights this Saturday.

“Yeah, it was a fantastic hit actually”, Sime said, “They were very slick, very organised, and a really tough test. I think they were a week and a half out of qualifiers.

Yeah, it was hot, the boys felt the heat, there’s no doubt about it. We had good chunks of the game, and the goals that we conceded, let’s just say I’m glad that they’re behind us.”

Our Lions kick off their 2022 NPL Men’s campaign at home this Saturday evening against the Gold Coast Knights in what is sure to be an engaging season opener.

 

MATCH DETAILS

Preseason Friendly

Queensland Lions FC vs Solomon Islands

Tuesday, 8th March

KO: 7:30pm

Lions FC Stadium, Richlands

 

QUEENSLAND LIONS 2

SOLOMON ISLANDS 4

HT: 1-2

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