With so many players in form in front of goal, Round 13 of the NPLW promises to be an exciting affair. The highlight of the round is the top two clash between Souths United and Lions FC on Sunday night at Wakerley Park.
Capalaba Bulldogs v Eastern Suburbs
John Frederick Sportsfields 1
Friday, 11 May, 6:30 pm
Eastern Suburbs face Capalaba test
Round 13 begins on Friday night when Capalaba Bulldogs host Eastern Suburbs. With only 1 win in their last 6 games, Easts will be looking to gain some momentum with a win against Capalaba. Easts won last weeks Round 4 catch up game against Sunshine Coast Wanderers 3-2.
Capalaba have lost their last two matches and will be looking to prove a point in stifling Eastern Suburbs’ attempt to move away from their mid-table status
Improved Logan stand in Mitchelton’s way
Logan Lightning have been scoring goals for fun in the last couple of weeks – seven in the last two games – and will present a stern challenge in Mitchelton’s hopes of jumping into the top four.
Mitchie’s highest goal scorer, Fern Doyle, has found the back of the net nine times in 12 fixtures.
The Gap FC v SWQ Thunder FC
Walton Bridge Reserve 1
Saturday, 12 May, 3pm
The Gap aim to keep distance with leaders
The Gap FC welcome SWQ Thunder FC with an opportunity to bounce back after two surprising losses.
After sitting top of the table only two rounds ago, third-placed Gap have it all to play for if they want to keep within touching distance at the top.
Thunder have struggled in front of goal this season, scoring just 18, while the Gap’s Tiarne Petterwood has 17 to her name alone and will be one to watch at Walton Bridge Reserve.
Western Pride FC v Moreton Bay United
Briggs Road Sporting Complex 1
Saturday, 12 May, 5pm
Pride and Jets clash at Briggs Road
After scoring their 50th goal of the season in last round’s 3-2 win over the Gap FC, Moreton Bay United will be aiming to cash in against the out-of-form Western Pride FC.
Western Pride has conceded plenty of goals in the last five matches (26 to be exact) and despite playing away from home, the Jets will fancy themselves to keep their run going.
Gold Coast United v Sunshine Coast Wanderers
Station Reserve 1
Saturday, 12 May, 5pm
Wanderers attempt to stop in-form McElligott
The Sunshine Coast Wanderers face a tough challenge against Gold Coast United on Saturday, as they attempt to halt the competition’s leading goal scorer, Meaghan McElligott.
Having scored six goals in her last two appearances – and at a better rate than two goals a game – McElligott will be the odds-on favourite to keep her form in front of goal.
However, the Sunshine Coast has been having fun in front of goals as well. Having scored 14 in five games they will be eyeing off an unlikely result to run away with 3 points.
BRFC/NTC v Mudgeeraba Soccer Club
Sid Bigg Park 1
Sunday, 13 May, 3pm
Roar aim to find form in stop-start season
The Roar have an opportunity to end their mixed bag of results this season when they host Mudgeeraba on Sunday.
After a recent 5-2 win over SWQ Thunder, BRFC will be keen to continue their form in front of goal against a Mudgeeraba side that has conceded almost 70 goals this season.
Souths United v Lions FC
Wakerley Park 2
Sunday, 13 May, 6pm
Best saved until last as two heavyweights clash
First-placed Souths United and second-placed Lions FC will finish Round 13 on Sunday night in the match of the round.
Both teams come into this game in sparkling form. Souths are on a seven-game winning run while Lions FC is the only undefeated team in the league after 11 games, with a game in hand over Souths.
This game also sees in-form Tegan Riding of Lions FC (15 from 11) and Souths United’s Amy Chapman (14 from 8) pitted against each other.
If Lions FC claims three points, they will sit first on the ladder, one point ahead of Souths United. It’s an enticing affair to say the least.
Words: Brett Sinclair