Gold Coast teams continued to impress in Round 6 of the FFA Cup, with Coast-based teams set to host all three South East Queensland (SEQ) Round 7 ties, while two National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland and one Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) side were shown the door and Magpies Crusaders continued their FFA Cup form.
SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND ROUND 6 REVIEW:
Gold Coast Knights 4 def. Peninsula Power 2
In the all-NPL Queensland clash, Gold Coast Knights fought back from 2-0 down to force their Round 6 clash against NPL Queensland ladder leaders Peninsula Power into extra time.
Two second half goals levelled the scores after the visitors took the lead in the highly anticipated match between two of the NPL Queensland’s most in-form teams.
Two more goals in extra time secured the victory for the hosts in the nail-biting come-from-behind win, who will now host fellow NPL Queensland side Brisbane Strikers in Round 7 of the Cup.
Surfers Paradise Apollo 3 def. Moreton Bay United 1
NPL Queensland side Moreton Bay United were first to find the back of the net in the first half of their FFA Cup clash against Gold Coast Premier League’s Surfers Paradise Apollo, before the hosts scored three unanswered goals, including one on the final whistle, to claim the win.
A saved Alex Janovsky penalty in the second half didn’t help Moreton Bay’s cause, as the Gold Coast side booked their spot in Round 7 against fellow Greek club Olympic FC.
Burleigh Heads 2 def. by Logan Lightning 3
Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) ladder leaders Logan Lightning triumphed in a top of the table clash, as they travelled down the M1 to play Gold Coast Premier League ladder leaders Burleigh Heads.
After defeating NPL Queensland side Western Pride in the last round of the Cup, Burleigh Heads made it to Round 6 this year for the first time but couldn’t reproduce their winning form and bowed out with a 3-2 loss to Logan Lightning.
Logan Lightning, who were knocked out in Round 6 of the FFA Cup last year, will now play Gold Coast Premier League side Coomera Colts after they defeated Logan’s FQPL peers Holland Park Hawks.
Olympic FC 4 def. Palm Beach 1
In the 2014 NPL Queensland Grand Final re-match, Olympic FC triumphed over Gold Coast Premier League side Palm Beach.
Olympic’s Chris Lucas scored against his former club as the hosts came from 1-0 down to put four goals past the visitors, and book their spot in Round 7 of the Cup.
Olympic will now have to get past Surfers Paradise Apollo to make it to the Round of 32 as they did last year.
Holland Park Hawks 2 def. by Coomera Colts 3
Gold Coast Premier League side Coomera Colts continued their best Cup run to date, scoring three goals to knock FQPL side Holland Park Hawks out of the competition in their Round 6 clash last night.
Having already sent NPL Queensland side Redlands United packing in Round 5, Coomera continued their FFA Cup winning form to prevail over the hosts – now recording wins over both NPL Queensland and FQPL sides in this year’s competition.
Coomera will need to maintain this form as they come up against FQPL ladder leaders Logan Lightning in their final hurdle to the Round of 32.
REGIONAL ROUND 6 REVIEW:
Bluebirds United 0 def. by Magpies Crusaders 4
NPL Queensland side Magpies Crusaders were too strong for CQ Premier League’s Bluebirds United in Round 6 of the FFA Cup, putting four goals past the hosts to book their spot in the next round.
Magpies will now look to secure a place in the Round of 32 as they travel to play Brothers Townsville in Round 7 of the FFA Cup.
Brothers Townsville 7 def. Leichhardt FC 0
North Queensland Premier League side Brothers Townsville scored seven goals to defeat Cairns-based Leichhardt FC.
The FNQ Premier League side were held scoreless in the Round 6 clash, with the hosts booking their spot in a Round 7 clash against Magpies Crusaders.