In Round 25 of the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL), Benjamin Njie scored five as Rochedale Rovers tasted victory and Holland Park Hawks secured a win in their final game of the season.
Sunshine Coast Wanderers ended Logan Lightning’s hopes of promotion with a 2-0 win at Ballinger Park, all but sealing Eastern Suburbs’ passage to National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland.
While still mathematically in contention, the Wanderers must beat undefeated Peninsula Power and Eastern Suburbs must lose to Capalaba Bulldogs – overturning a 12 goal difference in the process.
Wolves FC 1 (Morrison 38’)
Ipswich Knights 1 (Sekulic 2’)
Carmichael Park 1
Wolves and Knights held to a draw
Wolves FC and Ipswich Knights were held to a 1-1 draw at Carmichael Park on Saturday night.
The visitors scored early, netting through Milan Sekulic in just the second minute, but it was the only time they could find the back of the net.
Wolves hit back in the 38th minute, with Joel Morrison scoring the equaliser and a goalless second half ensured the teams had to settle for a point each.
Capalaba Bulldogs 1 (Ono 57’)
Mitchelton FC 0
John Frederick Sportsfields 1
Bulldogs defeat Mitchelton
Capalaba Bulldogs have recorded their first win since Round 18, defeating Mitchelton FC 1-0 at John Frederick Sportsfields.
The only goal of the game came in the 57th minute through Ryo Ono as the home club celebrated their annual Pink Day fundraiser weekend.
Southside Eagles 1 (Taylor 62’)
Holland Park Hawks FC 3 (Elmer 10’, 27’, McMillan 88’)
Perry Park 1
Hawks too good for Eagles
A Joshua Elmer double has helped Holland Park Hawks to a 3-1 victory over Southside Eagles at Perry Park.
Elmer opened the scoring with goals in the 10th and 27th minutes, before Southside Eagles found the net in the 62nd minute through Benjamin Taylor.
A Sean McMillan goal in the 88th minute was the icing on the cake for the visitors, claiming victory in their final game of the season.
Rochedale Rovers 7 (Ross 7’, Njie 9’, 30’, 36’, 56’, 67’, Flavin 23’)
Wide Bay Buccaneers 3 (Lynch 53’, Read 71’, Bartlett 90’)
Underwood Park Field 1
Ten goal thriller at Underwood Park
A stunning five goals to Benjamin Njie has helped Rochedale Rovers to a 7-3 victory against Wide Bay Buccaneers at Underwood Park.
Rochedale’s Tomas Ross was first to score in the 7th minute, before Njie’s goal scoring barrage began just two minutes later, netting three times before the break.
Killian Flavin added to the lead in the 23rd minute, but it was the visitors who were first to score in the second half through Jacob Lynch.
Second half goals to Wide Bay’s Cohen Read and Nathan Bartlett proved only consolation as Njie added another two goals to secure the comfortable victory for Rochedale.
Eastern Suburbs FC 1 (Richardson 90’)
Souths United 6 (Anderson 43’ (P), Omerovic 44’, Aoci 52’, Butler 61’, Kenyon 75’, Taylor 90+3’)
Heath Park 1
Souths back in fourth with impressive win
Souths United have jumped back into the top four with an impressive 6-1 victory over second-placed Eastern Suburbs FC at Heath Park.
Souths opened the scoring in the 43rd minute through a penalty scored by Joshua Anderson, before Harun Omerovic, Kado Aoci, Andrew Butler and Brodie Kenyon extended the lead to five goals with 15 minutes to go.
Easts left it late to score, with Matthew Richardson finding the back of the net in the 90th minute, but Souths put the final nail in the coffin minutes later with a goal to Jake Taylor in the dying stages of added time.
Sunshine Coast Wanderers 2 (Lynch 45’, Fuller 74’)
Logan Lightning 0
Ballinger Park Buderim Field 1
Lightning slip out of top four
Sunshine Coast Wanderers have secured an important win, defeating Logan Lightning 2-0 at Ballinger Park.
Sunshine Coast’s Benjamin Lynch opened the scoring in the 45th minute, before Kobe Fuller doubled the lead in the 74th minute to secure the win for the hosts.
The loss sees Logan slip from third to fifth spot.
Peninsula Power – BYE
Words: Elizabeth Lepre
Image: Patrick Kearney