The race for second spot is really hotting up – and two matches this weekend could have massive ramifications to the promotion picture as second play third and fourth play fifth. The bottom two also meet in Hervey Bay on a weekend that could give some big clues as to who will finish with the wooden spoon.
Rochedale Rovers v Logan Lightning
Saturday, 2 June, 4:00pm
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Underwood Park is the venue for what should be the game of the round between second and third on the FQPL ladder.
The race for the second promotion spot is really hotting up – but successive draws against Souths and Capalaba have not helped Rovers cause.
Logan have been the beneficiaries to Rochedale’s lapses having won their last two matches in the league. Rochedale are unbeaten in seven though and will look to continue that run at home.
Wide Bay Buccaneers v Ipswich Knights
Hervey Bay United
Saturday, 2 June, 5:00pm
The Buccaneers welcome Ipswich Knights to Hervey Bay on Saturday evening in what might be the Wide Bay side’s best chance yet to secure a maiden FQPL victory.
The Knights have had a horrible season so far, losing 11 straight matches to find themselves sinking towards the bottom of the Football Queensland Premier League table.
Their last victory came against the Buccaneers back in Round 3 so both sides will be eyeing this one up as a potential three pointer that might yet kick start their respective seasons.
Wolves FC v Peninsula Power
Saturday, 2 June, 6:00pm
Tenth-placed Wolves welcome Peninsula Power to Carmichael Park on Saturday night, hoping to become the first team since Brisbane City in the pre-season to inflict defeat onto the Power.
The league leaders took time out from dominating the FQPL on Tuesday night to move within a single victory of a return to the national rounds of the FFA Cup with a 3-0 win over reigning NPL Premiers, Brisbane Strikers.
Wolves will be hoping that the Power’s Tuesday night exertions will leave them vulnerable to a shock as the hosts look to record their first win in three matches.
Holland Park Hawks v Souths United
Whites Hill Reserve
Saturday, 2 June, 6:00pm
The two sides locked together on 19 competition points will do battle at Whites Hill Reserve on Saturday night.
Hosts Holland Park have had a good run of late, winning three of their last four matches to move into eight spot on the ladder, level on points with Souths United who are unbeaten in three matches themselves.
Souths have been held to successive 2-2 draws by Rochedale and the Eagles in recent weeks and back in Round 3 the two teams shared a 1-1 stalemate.
Eastern Suburbs FC v Sunshine Coast Wanderers
Saturday, 2 June, 7:00pm
Fifth placed Easts had been on a great run of form up until a fortnight ago winning seven straight games between Rounds 7 and 13 before suffering successive defeats against Logan and Peninsula Power.
They welcome the Wanderers to Heath Park on Saturday night who appeared to be refreshed after the bye week, running out 3-0 winners over in-form Mitchelton to arrest a run of two successive defeats against Logan and Power.
Those defeats have seen the Wanderers drop to fourth on the ladder but a win here would put the pressure back on Rochedale and Logan as the race for second hots up.
Mitchelton FC – BYE
Mitchelton will sit this round out as they take the bye and lick their wounds after their 3-0 defeat against the Wanderers last time out. The Mustangs will welcome Easts to Teralba Park in Round 17.
Southside Eagles 2 (Wright 47’, McCoy 84’)
Capalaba Bulldogs 1 (Ono 39’)
Southside Eagles continued their resurgence with a 2-1 victory over Capalaba on Wednesday evening at Perry Park as the two sides went early with their Round 16 encounter.
Ryo Ono scored in the third consecutive game, netting his 11th goal of the season in the closing stages of the first half but the Eagles pegged the Bulldogs back immediately after the break through Ben Wright’s maiden goal for the club.
The Eagles secured the win – their third in the past four matches – with an 84th minute penalty from Ethan McCoy, who scored his first goal since Round Two to send the Eagles soaring 11th spot on the ladder.