Port Lincoln soccer
Lincoln City Raiders def South Coast 3-0
It was a picture perfect day at Perone Park for the Blue at the Bay.
Lincoln City Raiders were looking for some respect after their last round defeat, up against a Reds team looking to put their season back on track.
The match got underway with some new faces in both line-ups; Gale and Perry for City, while South Coast welcomed back Ingerson and Luke Murray in goals.
A bright and entertaining beginning kept the spectators of both sides interested, until the tide started to turn when Joosten slotted one in the back of the net.
Then the injury curse struck, with Pennington limping off for the Raiders, while the Reds lost influential Lama.
The Raiders regrouped the fastest and went a further goal up when Joosten bobbed up from full back to grab his second of the game.
Hess and Duns lifted for the Coasters, running the City defence a little ragged.
Both midfields battled fiercely to the half time whistle.
After a well-deserved half time break, the battle between Gale and Duns went up a level, in what was high quality football from both combatants.
South Coast were looking dangerous with Mallard having his palms stung and Duns looking perplexed after being cut down in the Raiders box and being denied a good penalty shot.
This saw the pendulum shift once more and City started to look dangerous again through Spinks and new crowd hero Perry.
With the clock winding down, a burst down the left by McCormick put Blacker through to score and finish the match with a 3-0 victory to the boys in blue.
Young Cam DeCosta worked tirelessly all day for Raiders and Gunn had every reason to keep his head held high for the Coasters.
Player of the match was Joosten with his brace from centre back one to be remembered.
Sekol Masters lost to Lincoln Knights 0-1
This was a top of the table clash between league leaders, the unbeaten Knights and last year’s champions, Sekol Masters.
It was expected to be another close and anticipated encounter between the two combatants.
Knights started with a near full strength line up while the Masters had two prominent midfielders Kos and Mori out.
They were replaced with a couple of senior stars in Perone and Kris Kolega, who have both been missing through injury and work commitments.
The first half was a beauty and although no goals were scored it was intense end-to-end football.
The Masters had a couple of good chances fall to Perone and Kapnistis, both through some solid build up work through the midfield.
Knights, on the other hand, made some great forays through the midfield trio of Taylor, Mathews and Coulter only to be thwarted by the Sekol defensive unit.
Seth Betsias, in particular, was playing a blinder down at right back.
Knights youngsters Hammond and Harkness were doing well for their side and constantly provided options for the midfielders.
At half time nil all seemed like the right outcome for two teams trading blows in an interesting battle.
After half time, it was the Knights who came out with more purpose and intensity.
In a frantic 20-minute burst they were all over the Masters and a stark contrast to the previous second half between these two teams when the Masters had a definite ascendency.
This time it was the Knights throwing the punches, and with everyone from Fagan and Aburto in defence to Taylor and Mathews in the middle and a lively Coulter up front, they were firing and had the Sekol defence on the ropes.
Coulter, in particular, had a brilliant period where he created and produced shots of his own that had Parthenis, the Masters’ keeper, backed into the corner and producing some excellent saves.
For the Masters it was a case of counter punch football, where you catch the opponent taking a breather and try and slot one in under their collective guard.
Perone and Turkmen both had this opportunity but shots went wide of the mark.
Eventually the Knights’ barrage paid dividends and Mathews found his way through a gallant defence and blasted a lovely shot into the back of the net.
In some ways, the goal had the usual effect on the opposing team – the Masters lifted. They began to find openings again through the Knights’ defence, in the process creating some solid chances through Wilkes, Turkmen and Perone.
Right on the stroke of full time, Betsias unleashed a beautiful volley which cannoned off the cross bar and almost cost Knights the three points they most probably deserved for a sustained 90 minutes of football.
Best players were Coulter and Taylor for Knights and Betsias and Partlow for Masters.