FAST PLAY: Matt Needham in action for Noosa against Woombye.
FAST PLAY: Matt Needham in action for Noosa against Woombye. Michael Cookman

Lions teams power on with Premier win

FOOTBALL: In what was a portent of things to come, the Noosa Lions kicked off a successful weekend of fixtures with fourth grade captain-coach John Whiting striking the ball from the kick-off into the back of the net in the opening game on Friday night.

Leaving the Cooroora crowd somewhat dumbfounded, the shot in the first second proved to be the only goal in the match.

The Premier Women followed in the second local derby at Cooroy with the Lions securing a hard fought 2-1 win against a determined young Cooroora side.

The Coastal Women and Third Grade men got the better of their opponents at Giraween. The trend continued at home on Saturday with two wins in both the Under-12s and U13s and a win in both the U14 and U15 age groups.

When the high flyers in the reserve-grade comp ran onto the field to take on the lowly-ranked Woombye, expectations were that their goal-scoring spree over recent weeks would continue. But Woombye brought its A game and went home with a well-deserved 3-0 victory.

Perhaps mindful of the demise of their Reserve Grade colleagues, the Lions Premier Men came out with all guns blazing in what was a high class first 15 minutes.

Dominating possession, Noosa had two deadly counter-attacks in the first 10 minutes. The first came from a lovely run to the corner by Andre Jancevski, topped off with a top-flight cross finding Matt Needham's head on the way to the back of the net.

Brother Chris Jancevski was the next to drive forward and send a killer pass into the box, which led to Matt Needham scoring his first pair for the season.

Despite their dominance, a cumbersome aerial challenge in the box by Noosa central defender Stuart Michael led to Woombye keeping in touch with a well-struck penalty.

The match became a far more even affair with both sides peppering the opposition goal box.

Noosa central defender Taj Suffolk consistently snuffed out the opposition raids.

Woombye was the next to score and the match seemed to be heading for a draw.

Noosa's midfield got the better of their opponents in the dying stages and, after a procession of corner kicks, Andre Jancevski put a left foot volley into the back of the net from close range in the 87th minute for a gritty 3-2 victory that pleased goalie Sam Nickolls.

Brian Stockwell


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