Peninsula Power continue to streak clear at the top whilst Logan pick up a huge result to move second. Important wins for Souths and Easts put even more pressure on the top four spots as the fight for promotion hots up.
Rochedale Rovers 0
Logan Lightning 1 (Guy 9’)
Lightning strike to go second
Logan warmed up for their upcoming FFA Cup tie against Brisbane City and consolidated second spot on the FQPL ladder with a hard fought victory over promotion rivals Rochedale Rovers at Underwood Park on Saturday night.
Zander Guy’s eighth goal of the season was enough for the visitors – who were able to hold onto their slender lead for all of 80 minutes and consign Rochedale to their first defeat since Round Seven.
The Lightning meanwhile gained some revenge for the Round Three defeat inflicted by Rochedale at Cornubia Park and secure their third straight victory in the FQPL.
Wide Bay Buccaneers 1 (Wilks 90’)
Ipswich Knights 3 (Watt 2’, White 56’ 80’)
Hervey Bay United
Knights secure rare win
The Knights picked up their first FQPL victory since Round Three with a 3-1 victory over Wide Bay Buccaneers, consigning the hosts to a 13th straight defeat at Hervey Bay on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors got off to the best possible start when Sam Watt opened the scoring early with Matt White’s first two goals of the season confirming the result in the second half.
Former Europa FC player Ben Wilkes scored a consolation goal for the hosts in the dying moments of the game but that did not trouble the Knights who complete the double over the Buccs this season.
Peninsula Power 7 (Boyd 9’ 42’, Briggs 38’ 63’, Smith 57’ 86’, Strickland 88’)
Power surge to seven star victory
Peninsula Power have maintained their stranglehold over the competition with a seven goals to nil victory over Wolves at Carmichael Park on Saturday night.
In subjecting their hosts to a second straight defeat – the visitors belied their heavy legs after Tuesday night’s FFA Cup win, surging into a 3-0 lead at the break off the back of two goals to Matt Boyd and a Dean Briggs strike.
Briggs added another to his tally in the second half with Oliver Smith netting a brace of his own, leaving Tom Strickland to close out the scoring with his ninth goal of the season, rounding out a comprehensive victory for the Champions elect.
Holland Park Hawks 0
Souths United 3 (Omerovic 3’ 81’, Alsallakh 58’)
Whites Hill Reserve
Hawks’ wings clipped by buoyant Souths
Souths United extended their unbeaten run to four games with an excellent 3-0 victory over Holland Park Hawks on Saturday evening – ending a run of two successive 2-2 draws.
Harun Omerovic gave his side the best possible start by opening the scoring inside three minutes with his second goal in as many games before Usamah Alsallakh netted his first goal of the season to give the visitors a two goal advantage just after half time.
Omerovic scored his second of the match in the final ten minutes to round out the scoring and secure the win for a Souths side that moves into sixth spot on the ladder and into Finals contention.
Eastern Suburbs 4 (Shol 13’ 44’, Farina 74’ 90+3’)
Sunshine Coast Wanderers 1 (Stewart 63’)
Easts’ top four hopes strengthened
Easts bounced back after suffering successive defeats to record a fine victory over Sunshine Coast Wanderers and move back into the top four at Heath Park on Saturday night.
Youeil Shol netted a brace for Easts in the first half before Wanderers hit back with a goal to Jeremy Stewart in the 63rd minute, but it was too little too late for the visitors as Jordan Farina wrapped up the win for the hosts with the last two goals of the night.
This result sees Wanderers fall behind Easts in the FQPL ladder after suffering their third defeat in their last four matches.
Southside Eagles 2 (Wright 47’, McCoy 84’)
Capalaba Bulldogs 1 (Ono 39’)
Eagles soar over Bulldogs
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.
Mitchelton – BYE
Mitchelton dropped to seventh spot on the ladder after Souths secured victory over the Hawks – and fall further behind in the race for fourth thanks to Easts’ victory.
Words: Simon Smale
Photo: David Wilson