10 June, 2024

Lions take down Bulls in 4-2 victory

THE Leichhardt Lions walked away with a 4-2 victory over the Mareeba Bulls premier men over the weekend, with a lack of ball possession in the second half leaving the local team struggling to make a comeback.

Lions take down Bulls in 4-2 victory - feature photo

Starting the game off strong, Mareeba’s Wayne Srhoj scored the first two goals in the 19th and 25th minutes, giving them a boost of confidence. 

But the Lions were hungry and took control over the ball into the 30th minute, with Jean Assumani scoring a goal in the 35th minute and Joshua Mulla scoring in the 45th. 

Coming into the second half, the Bulls were determined to make a comeback but couldn’t find their feet. 

The Lions took that to their advantage, scoring two more goals in the 82nd and 86th minutes. 

“We just let go of that possession too easily, and we didn’t treasure the ball,” coach Kane Alderton said. 

“Because of that, we found ourselves at the back of two goals in the second half, and it was a bit disappointing for all of us.

“I can’t fault the boy's efforts, though – the effort was there, it's just the execution that wasn’t, which is out of character for us because we have been playing really well during training. 

“Everyone dug deep and gave it their all, but things just weren’t falling into place, and we weren’t getting back to basics and pushing too hard.”

The premier ladies were given a last-minute break over the weekend when the Leichhardt forfeited the game last Thursday. 

Bulls ladies coach Christian Mukadi said it was disappointing that the team forfeited so close to the game, but it has given the team an extra opportunity to focus on their training ahead of their next game on 21 June against Innisfail United. 

“We know that Innisfail will be a difficult team to go up against, but we have to win four out of the next six games to make it into the finals,” he said. 

“I am pretty confident, though, in the girls, and I believe we have the ability to do it.”

Now sitting fourth on the ladder, Mareeba’s premier men have acquired 14 points so far this season, while the women are sitting at fifth with 12 points.

The Bulls premier men will go up against Marlin Coast at home this Sunday from 5pm, while the premier women’s have a bye. 

Watch last week's game here,


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