BRISBANE – Easts get up over Wolves in local derby

By Joseph Ogilvie

Easts Tigers continued to improve with a solid 3 – 1 win over Wolves FC.

The local derby saw two sides even on competition points, arrive knowing the importance of todays match, even at this early stage of the season.

Wolves were keen to bounce back after a heavy defeat to Lions in the last round.

While Easts after a week off, were still riding high after their win against Capalaba.

The first half was a tightly fought contest with Easts holding firm in defence and Wolves controlling much of the early possession.

Easts managed to gain some more possession as the half progressed and had the better chances but failed to capitalise.

A free kick was awarded ten minutes before half time just inside the Wolves attacking half.

Wolves capitalised, with Kristen Waters using his height to jump clear of the pack and head home a great delivery from the free kick.

The teams went into the sheds at half time with Wolves FC 1 – 0 up.

Easts struck immediately after the break with Toru Amano scoring in the first minute of the half.

Easts continued to dominate play and after a heavy collision in the box a penalty was awarded.

Ryan Stenhouse stepped up to the spot and converted taking Easts to a 2 – 1 lead in the sixtieth minute.

Wolves turned over the ball at the resumption of play; the Tigers then started an attacking play that lead to a corner.

Wolves failed to clear the ball from the corner and Thomas Mulder found the back of the net, giving Easts a 3 – 1 lead.

Easts’ defence held strong for the rest of the game and only presented Wolves with one real opportunity late in the half.

The win moves Easts into equal sixth on the Brisbane Premier League table, well clear of the bottom two.