Peninsula Power strengthened their strangle-hold at the top of the division with another big win on Friday Night Football as their title rivals faltered, while the Eagles and Hawks both recorded important wins at the bottom.
Mitchelton 1 (Ferguson 90+1’)
Peninsula Power 4 (Boyd 4’, Smith 20’ 43’, Briggs 31’)
Peninsula Power on
Peninsula Power hit four to see off the challenge of Mitchelton on Friday Night Football at Teralba Park to extend their lead at the top of the table.
The league leaders flew out of the blocks against the Mustangs by racing into a four goal lead before the break thanks to strikes from Matthew Boyd and joint top scorers Oliver Smith and Dean Briggs who added a brace and single goal respectively to their season tallies.
Blair Ferguson added a consolation in injury time but it was not enough to stop the hosts slipping to their first league defeat since mid-March.
Wolves 3 (Martinez 35’, Krkeljas 70’ 77’)
Capalaba 3 (Edgar 46’, Ono 71’, McMullen 80’)
Wolves and Bulldogs share the spoils
Wolves and Capalaba could not be split on Saturday night at as the two sides shared six goals in a ding-dong battle at Carmichael Park.
Alejandro Martinez opened the scoring for the hosts with his tenth goal of the season but the Bulldogs hit straight back after the break thanks to Stuart Edgar’s first strike since his five goal haul against the Hawks in March.
The two sides then shared four goals in a frenetic ten minute period, Aleksa Krkeljas scoring his seventh and eighth goals of a remarkable six goal season either side of Ryo Ono’s strike before Bulldogs captain Justin McMullen netted his first goal of the season to ensure a share of the spoils.
Southside Eagles 1 (Shafer 52’)
Ipswich Knights 0
Schafer wins it for Eagles
Southside Eagles piled on the pain for Ipswich Knights with a 1-0 victory at Perry Park on Saturday night.
Tom Schafer’s second half strike for the Eagles, his first of the season, was all that separated the two sides as the Knights slumped to their tenth straight defeat and sixth match in which they have failed to score.
The Eagles have now won two games on the bounce for the first time this season ahead of a trip to Wakerley Park next time out.
Holland Park Hawks 9 (Shigeyuki 5’ 57’ 82’, Madle 8’ 20’ 45+1’ 88’, Westerdale 13’ 62’)
Wide Bay Buccaneers 1 (Chapman 19’)
Whites Hill Reserve
Hawks soar back into form
Holland Park Hawks secured their biggest win of the season with a 9-1 thrashing of Wide Bay Buccaneers at Whites Hill Reserve on Saturday night.
Jacob Chapman scored his first goal of the season for the Buccaneers in the 19th minute but by then the Hawks had already scored three of their own.
Hawks Captain Marek Madle scored four on his way to a season tally of 22 goals whilst Takuya Shigeyuki netted a hat trick and ex-Redlands United striker Carlton Westerdale completed the rout with a brace as the Buccaneers tough season continued.
Rochedale Rovers 2 (Fellows 77’, Halliday 90+2’)
Souths United 2 (Grimley 42’ 67’)
Rovers slip up against Souths
Rochedale Rovers’ title challenge suffered a blow at Underwood Park on Saturday night when the hosts had to fight back from two goals down to deny Souths United all three points.
Souths looked set to cause an upset when Ethan Grimley’s second brace in as many weeks had given the hosts a two goal cushion with just over a quarter of the game remaining.
However Sam Fellows gave the hosts hope with just over ten minutes to go by netting his fourth goal of the season before Kai Halliday rescued a point for the hosts to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.
Eastern Suburbs 2 (Balarezo 26’, Farina 79’)
Logan Lightning 4 (Guy 16’, 70’, Green 73’, Barbarouses 87’)
Lightning hit four past Easts
Logan Lightning jumped back into the top four after dispatching promotion rivals Eastern Suburbs by four goals to two on Saturday night at Heath Park, leapfrogging the Tigers into third spot on the ladder.
Logan lead through Zander Guy’s sixth goal of the season in the first half but were pegged back thanks to a goal from Jayden Balarezo ten minutes later. Guy restored the lead with 20 minutes remaining before Stephen Green’s first goal in three matches extended the lead.
Jordan Farina made the Logan sweat by scoring in a sixth successive game before George Barbarouses sealed the Lightning’s second win in a row.
Sunshine Coast Wanderers – BYE
The Wanderers are back in action in Round 15, hosting Mitchelton FC at home on Saturday night.
Words: Simon Smale
Photo: Albert Perez