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Red’s return to Lions adds to Spirit’s pain

WESTERN Spirit's promotion hopes suffered a double setback after another disappointing football performance.

Top two contenders Spirit lost 4-1 to one of the Capital League 2's bottom teams, Slacks Creek, at Kippen Park on Saturday night.

However, the big news was major off-season recruit Brodie "Red" Kenyon returning to Brisbane Premier League club Lions after starting the season with Western Spirit.

Kenyon showed his class by scoring a 79th minute equaliser for Lions before a late goal salvaged the competition frontrunners a 2-1 victory over Holland Park Hawks.

Former Ipswich Knights Premier League player Kenyon can also help Lions as they work towards the higher level rounds of the national FFA Cup knockout competition.

While disappointed to lose Kenyon, Spirit head coach Nick Paterson wished him well.

"He's got to do what's right for him,'' Paterson said.

"If he's got that burning desire to play at that level again, good on him.

"It's a big blow for our promotion chances.''

Paterson said it was up to his team to show its character with plenty to play for after a recent run of below par performances.

"We had enough chances to kill the game off in the first half,'' he said.

"It's just an attitude thing.

"We have to rectify a few things.''

Spirit have this weekend off due to the FFA Cup round, before tackling Oxley at home on June 10 and the Ipswich City Bulls in the local derby on June 17 at Brassall.

Centre defender Shane Carr has been appointed Western Spirit's new captain.