Sunshine Coast Wanderers took fourth spot from Souths United, a Alejandro Martinez hat trick has fired Wolves FC to a 3-0 victory and a pair of identical own goals have decided one of the games of the season in Round 22 of the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL).
Souths United 0
Peninsula Power 4 (Boyd 26’, Warrilow 35’, Strickland 80’, Briggs 90+1’)
Souths drop out of top four
Recently-crowned premiers Peninsula Power remain unbeaten this season, comfortably accounting for Souths United 4-0.
Fullback Matthew Boyd opened the scoring in the 26th minute with Alexander Warrilow and Thomas Strickland adding two more in the 35th and 80th minutes respectively. Power’s leading scorer Dean Briggs, who came off the bench, iced the cake with a goal in injury time.
The loss sees Souths drop out of the top four, overtaken on goal difference by the Sunshine Coast Wanderers.
Ipswich Knights 0
Sunshine Coast Wanderers 3 (Scraff 6’, Verdin 34’, Lynch 80’)
Eric Evans Oval
Wanderers win to go fourth
Sunshine Coast Wanderers have leapfrogged Souths United into the coveted fourth spot on the ladder with a crucial 3-0 victory over Ipswich Knights.
The Wanderers scored early through Michael Scraff, with James Verdin adding another in the 34th minute.
Substitute Benjamin Lynch then came off the bench and sealed the 3-0 victory for the visiting Wanderers in the 80th minute.
Capalaba Bulldogs 1 (Ono 26’)
Logan Lightning 1 (Brownlie 38’)
John Frederick Sportsfield
All square between Bulldogs and Lightning
Capalaba Bulldogs have forced an unlikely draw with the high-flying Logan Lightning.
The Bulldogs who current sit eighth on the ladder were the first to score courtesy of Ryo Ono.
The second-placed Lightning soon hit back through Royce Brownlie but were unable to find a winner.
In the end, both teams had to make do with a point, the match ending 1-1.
Southside Eagles 0
Wolves FC 3 (Martinez 42’, 81’, 89’ (P))
Hat trick hero Martinez
A stunning hat trick from striker Alejandro Martinez has fired Wolves FC to a 3-0 victory over the Southside Eagles.
Martinez’s goals game in the 42nd, 81st and 89th minutes respectively, with his hat trick goal eventually coming from the penalty spot.
The three goal haul takes Martinez’s season tally to a remarkable 17 goals in his last 19 games.
Holland Park Hawks FC 2 (Byrne 39’, Webb 41’)
Eastern Suburbs FC 3 (Byrne 76’, 87’ (OG), Shol 85’ (P))
White Hill Reserve
Own goal double decides five goal epic
Holland Park Hawks and Eastern Suburbs have played out one of the most bizarre games of the season at White Hill Reserve.
Easts found themselves trailing by two goals before halftime, but eventually ran out 3-2 winners thanks to unlucky Hawks defender Joshua Byrne.
Byrne started the game brightly and gave his team the lead after 39 minutes, with his teammate Jack Webb doubling their advantage just two minutes later.
However, things then took a turn for the worst for Byrne and the Hawks. First, defender Oohyun Park was shown a red card in the 71st minute, before Byrne let Suburbs back into the contest, scoring a calamitous own goal.
Easts were awarded a penalty in the 85th minute, which was duly converted by Youeil Shol to level the match at 2-2.
The away side’s miraculous comeback was complete two minutes later, when Byrne once again inexplicably put through his own net in almost identical fashion to his first.
Wide Bay Buccaneers 0
Mitchelton FC 3 (Morrow 5’, Biel 25’, 90+3’)
Hervey Bay United SC
Mitchelton too good for struggling Wide Bay
Mitchelton FC have continued Wide Bay’s woes with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the FQPL’s bottom side.
It didn’t take long for the visitors to get on the board, with Michael Morrow opening the scoring with barely five minutes played.
A double to striker Simon Biel sealed the win for Mitchelton and condemned the Buccaneers to yet another loss.
Rochedale Rovers – BYE
Words: Samuel Johnson
Image: Sunshine Coast Wanderers