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Weekend Recap #24: A Late Leveller Sustains our Men while 5 strikes from Riding secure a second-half comeback

NPLW R23, NPLM R19

Our Lions Men recover a point through a stunning late equaliser while our Lions Women complete a second-half comeback after a five-goal haul from Tegan Riding.

 

LIONS VS ROCHEDALE ROVERS: NPL MEN

A desperate late strike secured a vital point in a tense clash away in Underwood.

A closely fought and competitive match ended level despite a strong start from our Lions Men. We controlled possession across the opening half hour, circulating the ball productively within the Rovers half.

Ridenton forced a fantastic snapshot save from range as our Lions continued to create opportunities in the final third. The momentum flowed in our favour until a looping back-post header dipped under the crossbar at the opposite post following a corner.

We struggled to assert ourselves after the break, with Rochedale defending deep and effectively. Our Lions Men rallied late in the match, creating several firm chances before Jackson Hart-Phillips eventually stepped up with the show-stopper.

Rushing onto a loose ball at the edge of the box, Jackson unleashed a powerful volley that ripped into the roof of the net at the top right corner.

Ivan Ozzi came close to creating a match-winning opportunity, driving down the right flank with blistering pace before sending a deflected cross into the near post.

The result sees us protect our three-point gap in fourth place, with our Lions travelling away to Melbourne for the Australia Cup Round of #32.

 

Goalscorers:

89’ | Jackson Hart-Phillips

 

HT: LIO 0-1 RDR

FT: LIO 1-1 RDR

 

LIONS VS CAPALABA BULLDOGS: NPL WOMEN

A Tegan Riding masterclass inspires a clinical comeback victory in Capalaba.

Despite a strong start and a flurry of close changes, our Lions WOmen found themselves behind by the half-hour mark after a breakaway goal from Capalaba put us under pressure at the break.

We struck back with conviction after the restart, and Tegan Riding had us level within five minutes, courtesy of an arrowing header into the left side of the goal from the near post.

She followed up ten minutes later with the breakthrough, sliding onto the Meghan McElligott cross.

With the team on her back, Riding secured her hattrick with a clinical strike into the right side-netting to double our lead with twenty minutes on the clock. She notched a fourth goal with an elegant strike into the bottom left corner before securing number five with a precise finish into the bottom left corner.

Five goals in forty-five minutes from our ever-reliable striker secured the comeback on an evening when we needed inspiration. Tegan Riding is inevitable.

This victory ensures we maintain our sound lead in first, with our next match coming against a robust Gold Coast United side.

 

Goalscorers:

50’, 61’, 72’, 80’, 85’ | Tegan Riding

 

HT: LIO 0-1 CAP

FT: LIO 5-1 CAP

 

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