Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin)Last year’s Brisbane Premier League Grand Finalists played out a 0-0 draw in their rematch at Lions Stadium on Sunday night where both sides will rue not being able to make better of the chances they were presented with.
Both sides exchanged chances in the opening ten minutes with Power’s Kado Aoci putting over the bar in a crowded pack before a long ball played to Lions Nathan Shepherd saw him put an ineffective shot straight to Power keeper Jake Reesby.
Lions keeper Phil Zabaks was called into action on consecutive Power efforts. Firstly when Tom Strickland delivered for Charles Mendy who committed the Lions gloveman deep off his line then rounding him with the Lions defence scrambling to clear the resulting shot. A minute later Chris Swain was unable to penetrate the goal line.
Mendy again posed a threat with a run and shot that forced Zabaks to tip over his bar.
Peter Gaffney linked with Alex Schiavo, crossing in from the left for the near post but the Lions striker headed wide.
The exchanges continued as Shaun Feuerriegel sprayed wide from the edge of the box.
A minute later Reesby sent a long clearance that came eventually for Aoci but sent his shot straight to Zabaks.
Gaffney again delivered a delightful cross on the half-hour after beating Aoci. Butters met the ball with a header towards target but was unable to get enough force on the ball to cause any trouble.
Making it a trio of attempted assists, Gaffney’s radar with his crosses was again pinpoint but Andre Bonotto and Alex Schiavo were both unable to find the net after Reesby put his initial save back into the path of the Lions attack.
Shaun Feuerriegel had one last chance before the half-time whistle to break the deadlock but symptomatic of the finishes in the first half, headed straight to Zabaks.
Shortly after the restart, Jack Lewis pulled of an excellent committed tackle that had to be accurate in his defensive area on Aoci who was steaming toward goal.
Schiavo squared an effort across the face of goal while at the other end, Aoci had an effort cut out by Mattheus Spiandorello that was almost turned into his own net.
Representative of the end-to-end nature of the second half, after Lions had an attempt cleared off their line, Power went the length of the field through Mendy who beat two Lions players and again Spiandorello almost again conceded an own goal from the resulting shot.
Mendy continued to threaten Lions on the break as he again went coast-to-coast only to be dragged back at the edge of the box to earn a free kick in a dangerous position.
Shepherd skied an effort from near the six-yard line for Lions in stoppage time.
The point was good enough for Lions to go into the Easter break at the top of the table while Peninsula leap-frog Capalaba into ninth spot.
Lions 0 v Peninsula Power 0
Lions: Phil Zabaks, Josh Ahern, Andre Bonotto (Warren Moon 87’), Michael Butters, Peter Gaffney, Marco Jankovic, Jack Lewis, Alex Schiavo (Shoheel Khan 74’), Nathan Shepherd, Mattheus Spiandorello (Nathan Reardon 75’), Kenya Takahashi. Subs not used: Danyon Mollee, Declan Murphy (RGK).
Peninsula: Jake Reesby, Kado Aoci, Jared Austin, Shaun Feuerriegel, Brent Holden, Trent McEvoy, Charles Mendy (Jack Porter 79’), Luke Plummer, Matt Sauer, Tom Strickland (Mitch Buhmann 85’), Chris Swain. Subs not used: Jani Puet, David Salin, Brad Burrows (RGK).
Referee: John Vasiliadis