LIONS DRAW OAKLEIGH CANNONS
Macedonian Australian football club Preston Lions ended this weekend's game against the Oakleigh Cannons with a 0-0 draw at B.T. Connor Reserve. The scoreless draw was played out in wet and woolly conditions in front of a healthy crowd of 2000 parochial Lions’ supporters, ending Preston’s run of five consecutive wins.
The first chance of the match fell to Marino Gasparis, but the Preston midfielder skewed his shot. On the verge of half time the home side came brutally close to taking the lead; Johnny Sapazovski found time and space down the left wing and his pinpoint cross located the head of Zoran Petrovski who was denied by a brilliant finger-tip save from Oakleigh stopper Michael Turnbull.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first; it was a dour struggle between the opposing midfields with neither side looking likely to break the deadlock.
Preston’s best chance of the match came in the last twenty minutes when Scott Webster was booked for his foul on the edge of the area, allowing Tony Sterjovski to take the resultant free kick. Sterjovski guided the ball around the wall with a venomous strike, only to be denied by a world-class save from Turnbull, the former New Zealand Knights’ keeper diving at full stretch to preserve the scoreline.
Next week the Preston Lions Football Club take on NSL rival, Melbourne Knights in round sixteen of the Foxtel Cup (VPL) on Sunday 24th of June at 3.00pm at the home of the Preston Lions Football Club, BT Connor Reserve.
MD: Too bad for the draw, but the lions have still extended their unbeaten streak to 13 matches.