Peninsula Power sent out a warning ahead of their FFA Cup sixth qualification round clash and extended their lead at the top after Rochedale drew with the Bulldogs. Elsewhere Logan, Wanderers and the Hawks all picked up valuable wins.
Peninsula Power 6 (Briggs 12’, Close 19’ 36’, 39’, Woolley 89’, Strickland 90’)
Eastern Suburbs 1 (Shol 18’)
AJ Kelly Park
Easts blown away by Power
The league leaders warmed up for the visit of Brisbane Strikers on Tuesday night with a 6-1 thumping of fellow promotion hopefuls Eastern Suburbs on Saturday evening at AJ Kelly Park.
Youeil Shol’s 18th goal of the season pulled the two sides level after Dean Briggs opened the scoring with his 12th goal of the season, but Ramone Close’s first half hat-trick all but sealed the points by the break.
Josh Woolley and Tom Strickland’s goals added gloss to the result as Power inflicted Easts’ second defeat in a row.
Logan Lightning 2 (Brown 28’, Green 60’)
Wolves 1 (Krkeljas)
Lightning tame Wolves
Logan Lightning moved into second spot with a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Cornubia Park on Saturday night.
Jed Brown’s third goal of the season, followed by Stephen Green’s second in as many games was enough for the Lightning to notch their eighth win of the season.
Despite Aleksa Krkeljas scoring for the fifth consecutive game, his ninth in just seven games, it was not enough for Wolves to record their first win in three matches and they remain in tenth spot on the ladder.
Capalaba 4 (Ono 4’ 20’ o.g. 11’, Edgar 63’)
Rochedale Rovers 4 (Norris 52’, Njie 77’ 90+5’, Cosgrove 89’)
John Frederick Sports Fields
Rovers rescue late point with Bulldogs
Ben Njie’s 13th goal of the season in the fifth minute of added time rescued a point for Rochedale Rovers, who came from three goals down against a battling Capalaba side at John Frederick Park on Saturday night.
Two Ryo Ono goals that sandwiched an own goal handed the home side a three goal half time lead but the visitors soon struck back through Todd Norris’ third of the season.
Stuart Edgar scored for the second consecutive game to re-establish the Bulldogs’ two goal lead but two Ben Njie goals either side of a Liam Cosgrove strike pulled Rovers level in the dying seconds to secure a dramatic draw.
Sunshine Coast Wanderers 3 (Couacaud 62’, Fuller 88’, Scarff 90+1’)
Meridan Sports Park
Wanderers back in the chase
Sunshine Coast Wanderers arrested their recent form slide with an important victory over promotion rivals Mitchelton at Meridan Sports Park, recording their second consecutive victory at their alternate venue this season.
Joel Couacaud’s second strike of the season just after the hour mark gave the hosts the lead, whilst Kobe Fuller and a Michael Scarff penalty added the extras for Wanderers who move back into the top four with the win.
Souths United 2 (Omerovic 30’, Piper 50’)
Southside Eagles 2 (Tshitenga 5’, Schafer 90+8’)
Eagles rescue last gasp draw
Southside Eagles’ impressive recent run continued with a last gasp draw at Wakerley Park on Saturday night.
Blaise Tshitenga opened the scoring for the visitors in the fifth minute but the Eagles’ wings were clipped either side of half time as first Harun Omerovic then Nicholas Piper scored their first goals of the season to give the hosts the lead.
However the Eagles weren’t done yet and deep into stoppage time Tom Schafer netted to secure a point for his side.
Ipswich Knights 1 (Drummond 90+1’)
Holland Park Hawks 2 (Westerdale 74’, McMillan 81’)
Eric Evans Oval
Hawks punish wayward Knights
Ipswich Knights’ horror run of results continued with a 2-1 defeat at home to Holland Park Hawks in front of the Football Queensland Live Stream cameras at Eric Evans Oval on Sunday afternoon.
After a goalless first half, Carlton Westerdale opened the scoring for the visitors before Sean McMillan added a second shortly after.
Substitute Mathew Drummond netted for the visitors to set up a grandstand finale but it proved to be only a consolation as the hosts slumped to an 11th straight defeat.
Wide Bay Buccaneers – BYE
Words: Simon Smale