Round 14 provides plenty of sides the chance to fire themselves back into form whilst the match of the round features another top four battle as Souths look to extend their run over Moreton Bay.
Capalaba vs Lions FC
John Frederick Sportsfields
Friday, 18 May, 8:30pm
Will Lions roar back into form?
Kicking the round off this Friday night are Capalaba taking on a Lions side against whom they conceded nine goals without reply earlier this season.
The eighth-placed Bulldogs will come into the game having won two of their last four matches whereas the Lions tasted defeat for the first time last round, a 3-1 reverse at Wakerley Park against table topping Souths.
Sunshine Coast Wanderers vs Brisbane Roar/NTC
Saturday, 19 May, 2:00pm
Can the Wanderers contain the Roar?
Sunshine Coast Wanderers will be up against it on Saturday afternoon at Ballinger Park after enduring a run of just two wins in their past six matches, conceding 25 goals in the process.
The fifth-placed Roar meanwhile have scored 17 goals in their past two games with Georgia Beaumont netting an incredible five against Mudgeeraba.
This will be the first time the two teams have met in the NPLW after their opening round clash was washed out and is yet to be played.
Western Pride vs SWQ Thunder
Briggs Road Sporting Complex
Saturday, 19 May, 5:00pm
Battle of the West
Western Pride have not won since March and have only picked up five points from seven games at Briggs Road this season, a run that has seen them slump to tenth spot on the NPLW ladder.
The Thunder meanwhile have won just one game all season, a 4-3 victory over Sunshine Coast Wanderers in mid-April and lost the reverse fixture 6-3 at Gatton earlier this season.
Logan Lightning vs Eastern Suburbs
Saturday, 19 May, 6:00pm
Improving Logan to shock Easts?
11th placed Logan are unbeaten in their past three matches and will take on an eighth-placed Eastern Suburbs side who have won just one of their past five, including an 8-1 thumping at the hands of Souths United.
Easts ran out 4-2 victors in Round 1 at Heath Park but have only picked up four points from a possible fifteen in recent weeks, although all those points did come away from home.
The Gap vs Mudgeeraba
Walton Bridge Reserve
Saturday, 19 May, 6:00pm
The Gap host Mudgeeraba
After suffering two chastening defeats to Premiership rivals Moreton Bay United and Lions FC – their first dropped points of the season – The Gap fired themselves back into form with a 10-1 thumping of the Thunder last time out.
They host a Mudgeeraba side who conceded 12 against the Roar last time out, their second heavy defeat in a month. Ominously, the Gap won the Round 1 clash between the two sides 17-0 at Sid Bigg Park.
Gold Coast United vs Mitchelton
Sunday, 20 May, 2:30pm
Drama guaranteed at Station Reserve
Expect plenty of fireworks when seventh-placed Gold Coast host sixth-placed Mitchelton at Robina on Sunday afternoon after the two sides played out a seven goal thriller earlier this season.
A Mackenzie Akins hat-trick was not enough for the visitors back in Round 1, who had Deeanna Thompson sent off late after conceding two goals from Ninfa Ramirez and further strikes to Annie Evans and captain Katie McDonald at Teralba Park.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last three games whilst the visitors will be looking to get their season back on track after winning just two of their past five.
Can Moreton Bay stun Souths?
It’s first against fourth in our Sunday Sessions game of the round as Souths look to continue their eight game winning run on the synthetic pitch at Wakerley Park.
Moreton Bay pushed Souths all the way in Round 1 and have their own six game run of victories stretching back to Round 7 to preserve in what should be a fascinating encounter.
The Jets have not lost an away game this season and with three girls already in double figures for goals this term, they are sure to test a Souths defence that has conceded just six goals in their last five games.
Words: Simon Smale
Image: Chris Simpson