A number of close clashes are set for Round 21 of the National Premier Leagues Women’s (NPLW) Queensland competition, including the Match of the Round featuring The Gap and Gold Coast United on Saturday night.
Just four points currently separate fourth-placed Gold Coast United and The Gap FC in fifth.
Both teams remain on an undefeated streak, with The Gap having won their last five while United extended their winning streak to seven games with a win last night.
Their meeting earlier this season resulted in a draw, with the Gators coming from behind to snatch a point after midfielder Talitha Doro scored an injury time goal.
It’s difficult to separate the two teams with both The Gap and Gold Coast United remaining extremely close on goal difference (39 and 41 respectively).
With only The goals in this weekend’s clash could come from anywhere, with both sides producing 12 different goalscorers so far this season.
The Gap FC v Gold Coast United
Saturday 20 July, 7pm
Walton Bridge Reserve
Other key matches:
Souths United v Lions FC
It’s the question that is yet to be answered this season – who can beat Lions FC? The team sit on top of the table and are undefeated this season with six rounds remaining. They come up against Souths United who will be looking to do a 180 from their meeting earlier this season, which saw Lions claim a 9-0 win.
Eastern Suburbs v Mitchelton FC:
Currently sitting just outside finals contention in seventh, Eastern Suburbs will still be looking for a strong finish to their season despite remaining seven points behind Souths United. The hosts have won their last three and will fancy their chances against a Mitchelton side that hasn’t recorded a win since Round 12.
Players to watch:
Deeanna Thompson (Gold Coast United): The forward hasn’t missed a beat in the last few weeks, scoring in seven consecutive games to bring her total to 16 for the season so far.
Ruth Blackburn (The Gap): Blackburn featured in the NPLW Team of the Week after scoring a double against Capalaba FC.
Cannon Clough (Lions FC): The ever-reliable Clough was solid at the back for her team in Round 20, earning yet another Team of the Week appearance for the season.
Image: Chris Simpson