Ontario, Canada (June 5, 2016)  The Cincinnati Dutch Lions (1-3-1) provided another stellar effort in their 1-0 loss to league leading K-W United FC (4-1-0).  A K-W goal late in the first half was enough as neither team could muster many chances in the second half and the Lions travel home after two tough losses.

The match was played at Wilfrid Laurier University field.  The Lions were ready to take the game to the home squad with a game plan to pressure and counter attack with pace.  The plan did create some early chances as the Lions earned several corner kicks as well as two dangerous free kicks.  The first free kick was put into the box by Martyn Sayer and was met by Jake Stovall.  His header was wide and a good chance was missed.   Just five minutes later, a duplicate free kick opportunity came about with the K-W keeper making a nice save on another Stovall header.

For the second consecutive game, the Lions had a goal disallowed for offsides.  Very similar to the Toronto call, the ball was played into a very packed penalty area and fell at the feet of Austin Smythe.  He poked the ball into the back of the net, but the offsides flag was up and the game stayed at 0-0.

The possession and chances were fairly equal as the half was coming to an end.  K-W was able to hold onto the ball on the left flank and their outside back was able to overlap into space and get off a good cross into the box.  The K-W forward was able to get his boot on the ball and redirect it past an onrushing Dane Wilson.  The forty-minute score provided the 1-0 halftime score.

“I could not be any prouder of these lads and the effort they provided.  These guys came out, executed our game plan and we had several very good scoring chances.  With a bit of luck, we could have had one or two goals early on, but it didn’t happen…sometimes this game can be cruel,” said Head Coach Terry Nicholl. “I fully understand that we are on a 3 game losing streak, but we played hard on this road trip and I cannot believe that we didn’t get some points.”

The second half was played at a much slower speed as K-W was content to hold onto possession and make the Lions chase.  The second game in 48 hours did wear on the visitors a bit and they could not muster an equalizer.  The final whistle came and the 1-0 score held up.

The Lions will be at home for two matches this week at the Mason Multi Purpose field….first this coming Wednesday, June 8th versus the Dayton Dutch Lions with kickoff at 3:00pm.  Then on Sunday, June 12th the Lions will host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds with kickoff at 4:00pm.

Come and enjoy some soccer fun…..see you at the pitch!




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