The National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland has come full circle with the second half of the season beginning this weekend, as the unstoppable Peninsula Power host last year’s Premiers and Champions Lions FC in the Match of the Round.
It’s first v second in this clash, with Power out to extend their lead at the top of the table, while Lions will be hungry for a win against the so far unbeaten ladder leaders.
Lions come into the match following a narrow 1-0 win over Sunshine Coast FC, which saw a lone first half goal from Jheison Macuace.
Power meanwhile are coming off a 3-1 win against seventh-placed Moreton Bay United, yet to be beaten in their 15 games so far in their first season in the NPL Queensland.
The two sides met in the opening round of the 2019 season in a highly anticipated clash between the FQPL Champions and the NPL Queensland Champions in the Football Foundation Cup.
Power came from behind in that game through a Sam Cronin double to claim the three points n their first match since being promoted, and they haven’t looked back since.
This is a game fans shouldn’t miss!
Peninsula Power v Lions FC
Saturday, 18 May, 5pm
AJ Kelly Park
Other games to watch:
Brisbane Roar Youth v Western Pride
With the relegation battle so tight, any and all points are valuable heading into the next 15 rounds. Western Pride have just two wins so far this season but will look to pick up some form heading into the second half of the season. For Brisbane Roar Youth, who sit just four points clear of relegation, they will be looking to climb their way up the ladder with a win.
Redlands United v Brisbane City
The clash between these two sides never fails to disappoint. While they did play out a 0-0 draw earlier this season, their encounters last season were thrilling spectacles including a 5-5 draw after City came from behind to snatch a point. Redlands will go searching for a win to lift themselves out of a relegation battle.
Players to watch
Daniel Leck (Brisbane Roar Youth): In just the three games he’s played this season, he’s scored two hat-tricks to help his side to multiple wins.
Dean Briggs (Peninsula Power): He was their highest goalscorer last season in FQPL with 24 goals and on the weekend he returned from injury to score a double.
Eligh Williams (Sunshine Coast FC): Despite the result against Lions, Eligh made some incredible saves to keep the scoreline the way it was.
Image: Ian Judd