DUTCH LIONS TAKE THE THREE POINTS IN “EL CLASICO” OF HOUSTON
The Dutch Lions FC pulls off a comfortable 4-1 win at home over Regals SCA.
“Overall it is a great performance by the guys and a very deserved win on a game that has a special meaning for both teams,” said Head Coach Marco Pruis after the Dutch Lions FC took the first three points of the season against the hometown rivals.
In the first half, winger Yinka Lawal capitalized on a loose ball in the box to make it 1-0 in the 18th minute for the Dutch Lions FX. The Lions dominated the first half, having the home game advantage for the first time in the season. Right before half time the Lions got a penalty kick that was secured by Jose Pablo Covarrubias, making it 2-0 as the half time score.
“We feel really comfortable at our home turf, and the team showed it with confidence in every action taken in the game,” remarked midfielder Felix Verhaar, the Netherlands native has started all five games for the Dutch Lions FC and has proved to be an anchor point in the midfield.
In the second half, the Regals SCA tried to pressure the Lions to try to find a goal that would get them into the game and managed to create some opportunities. In the 76th minute the Regals SCA came back into the game scoring from a free kick to make the score 2-1. Trying to swing the momentum in their favor Regals SCA pushed for the goal that would tie the game.
It wasn’t long before the Dutch Lions FC made sure the three points would stay in their side of town. Substitute Dylan Armstrong came in fresh to create a huge impact in the game.
“I had been waiting for the opportunity to go in the game and help the team, and I am very pleased that I could make an impact in the game and secure the three points for the team,” Armstrong noted.
Armstrong scored two goals within two minutes, securing the match for Dutch Lions FC and making the final score 4-1. With the brace, Armstrong was awarded the Heineken Man of the Match.
“We are going to keep the momentum with a good practice week and make sure that we take advantage of the next three home games we have coming up and put ourselves in the top of the conference,” Pruis added.