The top three teams all recorded victories on a weekend that saw 42 goals fly in to the back of the net thanks to big wins from The Gap and Lions whilst the bottom five all lost ground on their rivals above them.
Lions FC 7 (Chapman 30’ 90+3’, Hecher 31’ 35’, Harch 38’, Schiavo 53’ 75’)
John Frederick Sportsfields
Roaring Lions send Bulldogs packing
Lions consolidated their position in second spot on the ladder with a seven goal thrashing of the Bulldogs on Friday night in Capalaba.
Georgia Chapman netted her first two goals of the season – the first strike starting a ten minute, four goal rampage from the Lions before the half time break.
Mariel Hecher and Elizabeth Schiavo contributed with braces in the first and second half respectively with Lana Harch chipping in with her eighth goal of the season as Lions bounced back from last week’s defeat to Souths.
Sunshine Coast Wanderers 0
Brisbane Roar/NTC 3 (Freier 2’ 14’, Riley 18’)
Roar roll on with comfortable win over Wanderers
Three goals inside the opening 20 minutes were enough for the Roar to see off Sunshine Coast Wanderers – who suffered their third defeat in a row – on Saturday afternoon in Buderim.
An early Laini Freier brace gave the visitors a commanding early lead, whilst Indiah-Paige Riley’s ninth goal of the season rounded out the scoring to hand the Roar their third straight win in the competition.
Western Pride 7 (Muscat 37’ 51’ 86’, Weatherby 49’ 57’ 67’, McAvoy 72’)
SWQ Thunder 1 (Rolfe 15’)
Briggs Road Sporting Complex
Pride thump Thunder
Western Pride romped to a comfortable victory over the Thunder at Briggs Road on Saturday evening, despite being pegged back by their western rivals early on.
Kate Muscat opened the scoring early but Thunder soon hit back through captain Louise Rolfe’s eighth goal of the season.
However from that point on it was one way traffic with Muscat completing her hat trick in the second half whilst Sophie Wetherby became the Pride’s highest ever scorer in the NPLW with a hat trick of her own, Mackenzie McAvoy the other scorer.
Logan Lightning 1 (Pinkney)
Eastern Suburbs 4 (Amos 8’, De Roquefeuil 29’, Roberts 42’ 73’)
Easts win on the road
Eastern Suburbs bounced back from their defeat against Capalaba last week to record a 4-1 victory away from home against Logan on Saturday night.
Tiffany Roberts netted her second and third goals of the season for the visitors, who had taken an early lead through Georgina Amos inside the opening ten minutes.
Marguerite De Roquefeuil added another for Easts before the break but Logan hit back through former Souths striker Natalia Pinkney, who has now scored in her last four games for the Lightning – whose three game unbeaten streak was brought to a juddering halt.
The Gap 12 (Bohl 12’ 24’, Bodey 14’ 21’ 32’ 56’ 69’ 70’, Abbott 16’, Winter 28’, Blackburn 67’, Dillon 72’)
Walton Bridge Reserve
The Gap thump Mudgeeraba
Six goals from Greta Bodey handed The Gap a twelve goal victory over Mudgeeraba at Walton Bridge Reserve on Saturday evening.
Bodey – who now has 21 goals in 12 matches yet only sits in second spot in the Golden Boot standings – was assisted by two goals from Charlotte Bohl who found the back of the net for the second game in a row.
Kim Abbott, Kaitlyn Winter, Ruth Blackburn and Jessica Dillon were the other scorers for The Gap, who have now scored 22 goals in their last two outings.
Gold Coast United 1 (Thompson 17’)
Mitchelton 3 (Wilson 7’ Evans 40’ McDonald 90+1’)
Mitchie beat United
Dee Thompson’s fourth goal of the season was not enough for Gold Coast United on Sunday at Station Reserve as the hosts suffered their first league defeat in three against a Mitchelton side who have now won two of their last five.
Darcie Wilson’s seventh minute strike gave the visitors the lead before Thompson pulled Gold Coast level, but Annie Evans’ fifth goal of the campaign gave Mitchelton the half time lead with Katie McDonald adding a third in stoppage time to secure the victory.
Souths United 2 (Rushton 66’ 79’)
Moreton Bay United 1 (Schaefer 8’)
Wakerley Park 2
Souths maintain lead
Souths United maintained their lead at the top with a come-from-behind win over Moreton Bay United on the artificial surface at Wakerley Park in front of the Football Queensland cameras on Sunday evening.
Alexandra Schaefer’s twelfth goal of the season handed the visitors an eighth minute lead that they would maintain until deep into the second half when Teonie Rushton popped up with two goals to rescue the points for the league leaders.
The Jets will stay fourth despite their first defeat in six, whilst Souths extend their winning streak to nine.
Words: Simon Smale