Easts jumped into third thanks to Youeil Shol’s second hat-trick in two weeks, while Souths and Sunshine Coast are within an arm’s reach of a top four spot after Round 19 of the FQPL.
Mitchelton FC 4 (Jafari 45+2’, 67’, 88’, OG 53’)
Rochedale Rovers 1 (Coyne 19’)
Teralba Park 1
Rochedale slip to fourth spot
A Mustafa Jafari hat-trick led Mitchelton FC to a convincing victory against Rochedale Rovers on Friday night.
Rochedale hit the lead first with a 19th minute goal to Andrew Coyne, before Jafari netted three for Mitchelton and an own goal secured the win for the home side.It was a significant loss for
Rochedale who are now in danger of dropping out of the top four and finals contention, with Sunshine Coast and Souths only one point behind them on the ladder.
Peninsula Power 3 (Briggs 11’, Dozzi 72’, Warrilow 78’)
Holland Park Hawks FC 0
AJ Kelly Park 1
Power continue to dominate
Ladder leaders Peninsula Power continue to dominate in the FQPL, defeating Holland Park Hawks FC 3-0 on Saturday evening.
Power made it six wins in a row thanks to goals from Dean Briggs, Jordan Dozzi and debutant Alexander Warrilow.
Peninsula Power remain 11 points clear at the top of the table after 19 rounds and will look to continue their unbeaten run leading up to finals.
Logan Lightning 3 (Brownlie 15’, Guy 38’, Brown 86’)
Wide Bay Buccaneers 1 (Lynch 79’)
Cornubia Park 1
Logan make it six in a row
Logan Lightning recorded their sixth straight victory on Saturday night, defeating Wide Bay Buccaneers 3-1 at Cornubia Park.
Player-coach Royce Brownlie was first on the board for the home side with a 15th minute goal, before teammate Zander Guy extended Logan’s lead to two before half time.
Wide Bay were the next to score with a 79th minute goal to Jacob Lynch, but Jed Brown secured the win for Logan with a goal in the final five minutes to ensure Logan remain comfortably in second spot on the table.
Capalaba Bulldogs 3 (Jagger 6’, Edgar 8’, 65’ (pen))
Ipswich Knights 3 (Marconato 4’, Garcia 22’, Peter 24’)
John Frederick Sportsfields 1
Capalaba and Ipswich settle for one point
Capalaba Bulldogs and Ipswich Knights were held to a draw in a six-goal thriller on Saturday night at John Frederick Sportsfields.
Ipswich opened the scoring with a goal to Giuliano Marconato in the first five minutes, before Capalaba hit back with two goals in the next five minutes thanks to Jack Jagger and Stuart Edgar.
Knights hit the lead again after goals to Nathan Garcia and Emmanuel Peter in the 22nd and 24th minutes, but a second half penalty to Stuart Edgar meant both teams had to settle for one point.
Wolves FC 1 (Martinez 76’ (pen))
Eastern Suburbs FC 5 (Coulson 3’, Farina 9’, Shol 48’, 68’, 77’)
Carmichael Park 1
Second hat-trick in two weeks for Golden Boot front-runner Shol
Eastern Suburbs jumped into third spot on the ladder thanks to a 5-1 win over Wolves FC on Saturday night.
Scot Coulson and Jordan Farina got the visitors off to an ideal start with goals in the 3rd and 9th minutes, before a second-half hat-trick to Youeil Shol extended Easts’ lead.
Shol’s hat-trick, his second in just two weeks, extends his lead in the race for the Golden Boot this season and brings his current tally to an impressive 27 goals in 16 matches.
A penalty in the 76th minute to Wolves’ Alejandro Martinez proved only consolation as Easts took home the three points, and now sit in third spot after Rochedale’s loss to Mitchelton.
Sunshine Coast Wanderers 2 (Fuller 35’, Scarff 63’ (pen))
Southside Eagles 2 (Maxwell 12’, Asumani 54’)
Ballinger Park Buderim Field 1
Sunshine Coast sniff top four spot
Sunshine Coast Wanderers jumped into fifth spot after taking one point away from a draw with Southside Eagles on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams headed to the sheds at half time with a goal each thanks to Eagles’ Jordan Maxwell and Sunshine Coast’s Kobe Fuller.
Eagles opened the scoring in the second half with Bertin Asumani netting in the 54th minute, but the game was once again locked up after a 63rd minute penalty to Sunshine Coast’s Michael Scarff.
Sunshine Coast Wanderers now sit only one point shy of fourth spot, and a win next week could see them jump into the top four if Easts are to defeat Rochedale.
Souths United – BYE
Words: Elizabeth Lepre
Image: Michael Cookman