Lions’ Lyons roars home

Stirling Lions versus Inglewood United. Picture: Matt Jelonek d401501
Stirling Lions versus Inglewood United. Picture: Matt Jelonek d401501

Lyons was only on the pitch for four minutes when he scored the third and winning goal of the match, from a penalty, with the Lions going on to win 2-1.

‘We didn’t play our best today, but we picked up the three points which is all that matters,’ Lyons said.

Both sides were coming off good wins last week, but it was the home side that began the better and they were ahead on 13 minutes. Andrija Jukic’s corner from the left caused confusion in the Stirling penalty area and under pressure from Shaun Kilkelly, striker Grant headed into his own net.

That was all forgotten two minutes later when Stirling levelled. Miki Vujacic’s in-swinging corner beat everyone in the penalty area and went in off the back post.

Former Perth Glory goal keeper Aleks Vrteski was the busier of the two and he saved superbly to deny Jukic on 25 minutes.

Inglewood pressed late in the half and on 38 minutes Jukic, played in Danny Thomson. The Scottish midfielder rounded Vrteski, but his shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line by Dean Evans.

The game was there to be won for both sides, Jason Colli was given far too much space on the edge of the penalty area on the hour, but his shot flashed inches wide of the post.

But seven minutes later Stirling hit the front. Arnez found room on the right and his ball into the penalty area picked out Lyons who fell under a challenge from Craig Simpson. Referee Michal Jasinski hesitated before pointing to the spot and Lyons picked himself up to fire from the penalty spot to give Stirling the lead.

Both sides had chances and it was the keepers who prevented anymore scoring.

The Lions Reserves lost 2-1 in a close tussle while the Stirling Under 18’s won 3-1.

Meanwhile, top-of-the-table Bayswater City were too strong for Armadale, winning 5-2, while Balcatta also scored a 5-2 victory over Football West NTC. In Division 1 action, Ashfield went down 0-2 to Mandurah and Wanneroo City were too good for Morley Windmills (1-4). Dianella White Eagles lost to Shamrock Rovers 0-1.