Lions are back to show their wares on the national stage

IMG_0935v2Lions juniors swamp the field after their club’s victory

By Joseph Ogilvie (@jogilvie17)

Lions FC have sent a message to the rest of the teams in the FFA Cup with a massive 5 – 0 win in their round 7 clash with Pine Rivers.

Two teams that are literally a league apart turned up to play at Lions Stadium.

Lions FC currently sit a top of the Brisbane Premier League ladder, while Pine Rivers are second in Brisbane’s Capital One League.

There was a definite feeling out period over the first fifteen minutes with only one chance to Lions at the ten-minute mark.

The game changed sixteen minutes in when Michael Butters was brought down in the box and a somewhat controversial penalty awarded to Lions.

Andre Bonotto stepped up to the mark and converted easily.

Pine Rivers seemed to drop off at this point after making it a very lively contest for the first fifteen.

Lions struck again in the thirtieth minute after Butters again made a dangerous run down the right flank finding Shoheel Khan in the box who turned and found the back of the net.

The one-way traffic continued for the rest of the half with Khan missing a clear one on one in the forty-third minute.

The two teams went to the sheds at half time with Lions leading 2 – 0.

The second half continued much the same with Khan again in the action, after beating the keeper and the defence the ball was goal bound before a Pine Rivers defender cleared it inches before the goal line.

It rained chances for Lions over the next twenty minutes with Khan and Kado Aoci looking threatening every time they had the ball but failing to score.

Credit to Pine Rivers, in particular their keeper John Walsh; they managed to save many chances right on the line.

At the seventy-fifth minute Khan was substituted for sixteen-year-old Tim Morgan, this was a big moment in the game.

After being on the field for only three minutes Morgan got the ball just inside the attacking half, beat a defender and sprinted down field putting the ball away clinically in the bottom right corner.

Eight minutes later Morgan was again free down the right wing, centring to Aoci on the penalty spot who finished clinically.

In a case of déjà vu only two minutes later Morgan again found Aoci from the right wing and he again found the back of the net.

Although not unexpected it was a rather one-sided affair and if Lions had taken their chances they could have easily had another five goals.

The story of the night will be sixteen year-old Tim Morgan who will be one to watch in the future.

Lions 5: Kado Aoci 86’, 88’, Andre Bonoto 17’, Shoheel Khan 30’, Tim Morgan 78’

Pine Rivers 0