After a weekend off and a host of mid-week games, Round 19 of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland this weekend will see some close clashes that can shake up the ladder.
City fell to their first defeat following a five match winning streak, at the hands of ladder leaders Peninsula Power in Wednesday night’s 4-1 mid-week loss.
The hosts remain in a mid-table position after 18 rounds, but sit only three points behind opposition Gold Coast United, so can climb their way up the ladder with a win on Sunday.
Gold Coast United meanwhile secured their first win in four games on Wednesday night against Eastern Suburbs following three straight losses, and will look to extend their run of wins as they travel North for this clash.
Currently sitting in fourth, the Gold Coast side have some work to do if they are to sneak into the top four, with seven points currently separating them and fourth-placed Olympic FC.
Brisbane City v Gold Coast United
Sunday, 2 June, 4:30pm
Corporate Travel Management Stadium
Other matches to watch:
Eastern Suburbs v Moreton Bay United
Currently occupying sixth and seventh spot on the NPL Queensland ladder, Moreton Bay remain just a point behind Easts and will be hungry for a win after conceding a 2-0 lead to draw with Lions on Wednesday night. Easts meanwhile experienced their first loss in three games in their mid-week clash with Gold Coast United and will be eager to return to the winners’ circle this weekend.
Magpies Crusaders v Western Pride
Magpies Crusaders will take to the field this weekend for the first time under the leadership of newly-appointed Head Coach Henry Kennell, who will look to turn around the club’s recent losing streak in the NPL Queensland. Currently sitting on equal points with SWQ Thunder, the Mackay side can still escape relegation if their new coach can turn their form around. Western Pride will travel North in the hopes of securing their first win since Round 6, but may need a turnaround in form if they are to threaten the hosts in their Round 19 clash.
Players to watch:
Raffi Krissian (Magpies Crusaders): Can new French signing Raffi Krissian help to turn Magpies’ season around? The defender will be one to keep an eye on should he take to the field in this weekend’s Round 19 clash.
Dean Briggs (Peninsula Power): Briggs scored a double in his team’s 4-1 win over Brisbane City on Wednesday night, and has already made a big impact for the ladder leaders, scoring four goals in three games since returning from injury.
Andy Pengelly (Brisbane Strikers): The current tied leading goal scorer will be an important piece of the puzzle up front for Strikers this weekend if they are to threaten Peninsula Power.
Image: Chris Simpson/Western Pride