Round 3 of the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) 1 and Round 2 of FQPL 2 gets underway this weekend.
Wet weather decimated the opening round of the FQPL 2, with four of the five fixtures washed out.
In the FQPL 1, Brisbane City and SWQ Thunder are yet to lose a game and will meet on Sunday in a top-of-the-table clash, while six clubs are still searching for their first win.
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SWQ Thunder v Brisbane City
SWQ Thunder have made a near-perfect start to the season, beating Souths United on the road in Round 1 and overcoming Ipswich Knights 2-1 at home last Saturday night to make it two from two.
But Brisbane City have arguably been even more impressive, cruising to a 3-0 victory over Wynnum Wolves in Round 1 and putting four goals past Mitchelton away from home last weekend.
It will be a big test for SWQ Thunder against a former NPL powerhouse club that is desperate to earn its way back to the top tier.
But there are positive signs coming out of Toowoomba, and the Thunder will be full of confidence after last weekend’s thrilling win over Knights.
Deep into injury time, with scores locked at 1-1 for most of the game, Thunder’s Italian sensation Pasquale De Vita scored a rocket from outside the box to seal his side a last-gasp victory.
Thunder will need all that and more against City the city side who boast former A-League players and quality talent all over the park.
Sunday 28 March, 3:00pm
Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba
Caboolture FC v Grange Thistle
Caboolture FC were expected to be strong this season and the Snakes did not disappoint in Round 1, shooting out of the blocks with a convincing 5-1 win over Samford Rangers.
It was an accomplished performance from Caboolture, with two goals apiece for Luka Pullen and Joey Copas and a goal to captain Michael McEvoy.
The Snakes will be at home again at Moreton Bay Sporting Complex for a big Saturday night clash against Grange Thistle, who are yet to play a game after their opening round fixture was washed out.
Grange Thistle have been a strong club in the Brisbane Premier League for many years, so this will be an intriguing match-up for Round 2 of the new FQPL 2 competition.
Saturday 27 March, 5:15pm
Moreton Bay Sports Complex, Burpengary
Arthur Antonis (Brisbane City) – City’s super–sub leads the FQPL 1 Golden Boot race with three goals, despite having played less than a half of football in the opening two rounds.
Pasquale De Vita (SWQ Thunder) – The Italian midfielder, who missed a 65th minute penalty against Ipswich last weekend, went from zero to hero after scoring a spectacular injury time winner. Big game ahead for him against Brisbane City on Sunday afternoon.
Joey Copas (Caboolture FC) – The 22-year-old played in the midfield last weekend against Samford and repaid his manager’s faith with two goals. One to watch out for this season.
Jack Panter (Samford Rangers) – Samford’s captain and top goal scorer last season created the Rangers’ only goal against Caboolture and will be looking to lead his side back to winning ways against Coomera Colts.
FQPL 1 Schedule:
Ipswich Knights v South United
Friday 26 March, 7:30pm
Eric Evans Oval, Bundamba
Rochedale Rovers v Wynnum Wolves
Saturday 27 March, 6:15pm
Underwood Park, Priestdale
Holland Park Hawks v Mitchelton FC
Saturday 27 March, 6:30pm
Whites Hill Reserve, Camp Hill
Western Pride v Southside Eagles
Saturday 27 March, 7:30pm
Briggs Road Sporting Complex, Ipswich
FQPL 2 Schedule:
Taringa Rovers v Virginia United
Friday 26 March, 7:30pm
Jack Speare Park, Indooroopilly
Samford Rangers v Coomera Colts
Saturday 27 March, 6:00pm
Samford Parklands, Samford
Magic United v North Star
Sunday 28 March, 6:00pm
Croatian Sports Centre, Carrara
Image: SWQ Thunder