Lions FC have claimed the 2018 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland Premiership with a convincing 3-0 win over Brisbane Roar FC Youth.
Elsewhere, Western Pride fell to a shock 2-1 defeat against Redlands United and Moreton Bay United were held to a draw by Cairns FC.
Lions FC 3 (Madle 22’, 53’, Macuace 50’)
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 0
Lions Stadium 1
Lions claim NPL Premiership
Lions FC have claimed the 2018 NPL Premiership with a 3-0 victory over Brisbane Roar FC Youth at Lions Stadium.
Lions’ leading goal scorer Marek Madle scored a brace to take his season goal tally to an impressive 15 goals in 12 NPL Queensland matches, following his mid-season move from the Football Queensland Premier League.
The home side only needed a point to claim the Premiership, but chose to do it in style with Jheison Macuace also netting early in the second half to secure Lions’ 13th win in a row.
Gold Coast United Football Club 2 (Smith 8’, Stollery 15’)
SWQ Thunder FC 3 (Cooper 5’, Hatfield 13’, Grant 92’)
Station Reserve 1
United fall to fifth straight defeat
Gold Coast United have recorded their fifth loss in a row, falling to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of SWQ Thunder FC at Station Reserve.
The visitors opened the scoring with a goal in the fifth minute to Travis Cooper, before Gold Coast hit back just three minutes later through Conor Smith.
Thunder took the lead again just five minutes later with a goal to Christopher Hatfield, but the hosts were quick to respond, again equalising just two minutes after through Curtis Stollery.
The game looked to be tied up at 2-2 until Thunder snatched the victory in the dying minutes of the game with an injury time goal to Anthony Grant.
Moreton Bay United FC 1 (Campbell 77’)
Cairns FC 1 (O’Hare 80’)
Wolter Park 1
Jets held to draw by Cairns
Fourth-placed Moreton Bay United were held to a 1-1 draw against Cairns FC at Wolter Park on Saturday night.
Both goals came late in the game, with Jets finding the back of the net first through Riley Campbell in the 77th minute, before the visitors hit back through Chris O’Hare to equalise just three minutes later.
Jets have now won only two of their last five and will look to find some form heading into the NPL Queensland Finals Series.
Western Pride 1 (own goal 90+2’)
Redlands United 2 (Kuboyama 69’, 73’)
Briggs Road Sporting Complex 1
Redlands upset Pride
A Shuto Kuboyama double has helped Redlands United to an unexpected 2-1 victory over Western Pride.
The three goals came late in the game, with Kuboyama netting twice in five minutes before Pride were gifted an own goal, but it was too little too late for the hosts who fell to their first loss in six games.
Redlands have now recorded their second vital win in a row to ensure they remain clear of the relegation zone come season’s end.
North Queensland United FC 0
Brisbane Strikers FC 1 (Maltby 28’)
Brolga Park 1
NQ United fall to Strikers
North Queensland United FC will fall victim to the relegation sword after a 1-0 loss to Brisbane Strikers FC at Brolga Park on Saturday night.
Strikers found the back of the net in the 28th minute through Zachary Maltby, but the hosts failed to have any impact and were kept scoreless.
Magpies Crusaders FC 2 (Lyall 24’, 65’ (P))
Brisbane City FC 4 (Sibatuara 3’, Bolton 12’, 14’, Edgar 49’ (P))
Sologinkin Oval, Mackay
City too good for Magpies
A Kye Bolton brace has helped Brisbane City FC to a 4-2 victory over Magpies Crusaders FC at Sologinkin Oval in Mackay.
The visitors opened the scoring in just the third minute through Samuel Sibatuara, before Bolton extended their lead to three, netting twice in three minutes.
Magpies Crusaders were able to find the back of the net in the 24th minute through captain Michael Lyall, but the game was put to bed when Adam Edgar scored a penalty in the 49th minute.
Magpies’ Lyall scored again in the 65th minute, but the penalty wasn’t enough to catch up to Brisbane City who took home the three points.
Olympic FC 3 (Psaros 32’, Sanders 78’ (P), Smith 90+1’)
Sunshine Coast FC 0
Goodwin Park 1
Fifth straight win for Olympic
Olympic FC have recorded their fifth win in a row, defeating Sunshine Coast FC 3-0 at Goodwin Park on Sunday night.
Costa Psaros opened the scoring for the hosts, before a 78th minute penalty goal to Kieran Sanders and a 91st minute goal to Alexander Smith sealed the win for Olympic.
Words: Elizabeth Lepre
Image: Ian Judd