A tight battle will ensue for the Round 18 National Premier Leagues Women’s (NPLW) Queensland Match of the Round with Capalaba FC taking on Souths United.
Only five points separate the two teams with Capalaba currently sitting in third place on 35 points, while Souths United are in fifth spot on 30 points.
Capalaba have the upper hand this week. Since Round 12, they’ve remained on an unbeaten streak and have slowly worked their way into the top three.
Securing the win this week could see them surpass the consistent Moreton Bay United.
For the majority of the 2019 season, Souths United have been a formidable force. They were on a raring winning streak for six rounds but lost a crucial game to The Gap in Round 16 before heading into a bye last week.
If they win this week, they could edge closer to the top of the table but if they lose, they’re at risk of falling to sixth place.
The last time the two teams met this year was in Round 5 when Katy Couperus scored a double to secure Capalaba’s 3-1 win.
Capalaba FC v Souths United
Sunday, 30 June, 4:15pm
John Fredericks Park
Other key matches:
Moreton Bay United vs Logan Lightning
The last time these two sides met, Moreton Bay showcased their goal-scoring talents with a resounding 9-2 win. But, they’re at risk of losing their second spot so they need an win this weekend. Logan currently sit in seventh spot and need points to push into the top six.
Brisbane Roar/QAS vs Eastern Suburbs
These two teams are sitting side by side on the table with five points between them. Easts have slowly been making their way back up the table and if they win, they could be a danger to Logan.
Players to watch:
Amy Chapman (Souths United): The consistent forward needs no introduction. Currently the third-top goal scorer of the competition and frequent member of Team of the Week, Chapman will be Souths’ weapon against Capalaba this weekend.
Stephanie Latham (Capalaba): The Capalaba skipper has been a dependable midfielder for the team. Known for her assists and strength on the ball, she will prove to be a key player against Souths.
Ali Schaefer (Moreton Bay United): Last week, Schaefer scored a double in the first half which helped Moreton Bay keep their composure and go on to win 5-2. Her efforts scored her a Team of the Week nomination.
Words: Vivien Topalovic
Image: Chris Simpson/Western Pride