Doubles from Tom Lister and Kimba Kibombo have inspired the South West Queensland Thunder to a comprehensive 6-2 away victory against Western Pride FC in the opening round of the PS4 NPL U18 Boys competition at Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Saturday.
After an even opening exchange it was the visiting Thunder who hit the scoreboard first, with Anthony Grant pushing a shot past Pride goalie Dylan Williams in the 28th minute.
Not three minutes later and the Thunder were in on goal once more, with miscommunication in the Pride defence providing an open goal for Tom Lister to put away the South West side’s second for the match.
The Pride had a number of chances in the first half but were unable to convert, with the Thunder taking a 2-0 advantage into halftime.
A free kick early in the second half gave the Pride their first real opportunity on goal. Youngster Josh Singham stood and calmly delivered the strike that would lift Pride supporters out of their seats, curling the ball into the bottom-left corner to bring the Pride back to within a goal.
The comeback was not meant to be however, with Tom Lister slotting his second and Bailey Gray adding to the tally minutes later to push the Toowoomba-based side’s lead back out to three goals after 67 minutes.
With time expiring, Kimba Kibombo added two more goals for the Thunder before the Pride were able to pull one back, with Jamie Maynard sending a strike past two defenders to bring the score to 6-2 on full time.
Next week the Western Pride U18 Boys travel to Kawana Sports Precinct to take on Sunshine Coast FC in round 2 of the PS4 NPL U18 competition.
Pride: Josh Singham, Jamie Maynard 1
Thunder: Tom Lister, Kimba Kibombo 2; Anthony Grant, Bailey Gray 1