Noosa Lions look to restore home pride after losing unbeaten home record
NOOSA Lions will be seeking redemption this weekend after dropping their unbeaten home record last week – as the curse of the penalty miss struck again in the Premier Football League.
The Lions face Nambour- Yandina at Girraween tomorrow in a must-win battle for both, as finals berths begin to get away after the first round of the home-and-away season.
Former Sunshine Coast Fire captain-coach Paul Arnison was the unlikely “villain” last week, missing the penalty that could
have turned the game against Caloundra.
The Eagles went on to knock off the Lions’ proud home record 4-1 and leapfrog the Noosa outfit on the points table.
Noosa coach Matt Holland said the penalty miss was the turning point in a tough fought affair, the last of a string of crucial penalty misses by the Lions.
“That’s about five or six penalties in a row we have missed and it certainly could have changed the game,’’ Holland said.
Caloundra led 1-0 at the break after a tight first half and Noosa had much of the play early on.
Arnison was running the midfield and star wing-back Alex Barlow was making incursions down the left for the home side.
But the Eagles hat-trick hero Kaine Frew was causing plenty of problems, and following the penalty miss early in the second stanza he completed his treble and virtually killed off the game for Noosa.
Caloundra keeper Dale Hill had pulled off a great save to deny Arnison from the spot-kick.
James Rothwell did get one back for the Blues, but it was too little too late.
The Lions had gone almost two years without a home loss and will be keen to appease supporters against Nambour tomorrow night.
In a big afternoon and evening of football at Girraween tomorrow, the Noosa under-17 division 1 take on Buderim at 2pm before the high-flying premier reserves face Nambour at 4pm and the firsts kick off at 6pm.