Another eventful round of action was served up over the weekend in Football Queensland’s (FQ) National Premier Leagues (NPL) and Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) competitions, with all but five teams scoring across the 17 fixtures.
Gold Coast teams had a good weekend in the NPL Men’s competition, while newly-promoted teams struggled.
Our Feature Match at Croatian Sports Centre ended 3-0 in favour of the host side as Gold Coast Knights toppled Peninsula Power while Olympic returned to winnings ways with a 4-0 away win to Moreton Bay United.
Gold Coast United’s Shane Smeltz made it two braces in as many weeks as his side chalked up three points against the travelling Magpies Crusaders United. Elsewhere, a dominant display by Lions saw them cruise to a 4-0 victory over Capalaba FC.
Eastern Suburbs earned their first win of the season – simultaneously handing Brisbane City their first defeat – as they ran out 4-2 winners away from home. In the battle at the bottom it was Redlands United who emerged victorious in a convincing 6-2 triumph against Sunshine Coast Wanderers.
The only draw of the weekend occurred at Logan Metro Sports Complex on Sunday, as Brisbane Roar Youth drew 1-1 draw with Brisbane Strikers.
Lions FC came from a goal behind to hand Capalaba their first loss of the season in the weekend’s NPL Women’s Feature Match, running out eventual 2-1 winners. Gold Coast United continued a successful weekend for the region on Sunday when they claimed a 4-1 win against Souths United.
Logan Lightning claimed the three points when they made it three wins from three in a 3-1 win against Mitchelton. Gap FC also helped themselves to a 3-1 win in their tie against Football Queensland QAS.
Zoe Lambi scored four of her team’s 11 goals in the final game of the round, as Eastern Suburbs earned a comfortable 11-0 win away at Moreton Bay United.
In the battle of the ex-NPL teams it was Western Pride who blinked first as SWQ Thunder secured a 5-0 victory in their inaugural FQPL meeting. Meanwhile, Holland Park Hawks’ poor start to the season continued with a 3-2 defeat to Souths United.
A heated contest between two of the competition’s top performers ended in a 1-1 draw as Mitchelton FC and Southside Eagles dropped their first points of the campaign. Elsewhere, Wolves FC are still waiting to register their first point – succumbing to a 6-1 defeat against Ipswich Knights.
Rochedale Rovers were unable to capitalise on their opportunity to go top of the league on Sunday – they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunshine Coast FC, leaving them level with Southside Eagles on seven points.
Words: Darren Newell