Mareeba Bulls have pulled off a Cupset in Round 3 of the Kappa Women’s Super Cup, beating the defending Far North Queensland champions Leichhardt Lions 3-1 on Friday night.
To the delight of Mareeba’s home crowd, captain Nicole Ghensi scored one goal and striker Victoria Owokran bagged a double to send the Bulls through to Round 4 of the statewide knockout competition.
It was a match-winning performance from rising star Owokran, who last season scored 18 goals in 14 games for Mareeba to finish equal fourth in the FNQ Golden Boot race.
As the sole representative from Far North Queensland, Mareeba will now host an in-form Brothers Townsville side that progressed to Round 4 after thrashing Townsville Warriors 5-0.
Brothers will travel to Mareeba full of confidence after three convincing wins on the trot, with 11 goals scored and none conceded. But Mareeba’s women’s side have been building over the past few seasons and their giant-killing win over Leichhardt may be a sign of things to come.
It was a winning weekend for Brothers Townsville as the club’s senior men’s side defeated MA Olympic 4-0 in Round 5 of the FFA Cup.
Matthew Richards scored two goals for Brothers, while Francis Witt and Kristian Vecchio were also on the scoresheet to send the Mundingburra side to the next stage of the nation-wide competition.
In Cairns, Edge Hill beat Stratford Dolphins 7-0 to reaffirm the senior men’s side’s dominance in Far North Queensland. The avalanche of goals for Edge Hill included a hat-trick from player-coach Crios O’Hare.
Brothers and Edge Hill – the defending champions of Townsville and Cairns respectively – will now face off in a mouth-watering Round 6 FFA Cup clash.
Elsewhere, Across the Waves defeated S.C. Corinthians 13-0 in a stunning performance in Bundaberg to set up a clash with a yet-to-be-determined Rockhampton side.
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