The Football Queensland Premier League continues this weekend, headlined by a top of the table clash between Brisbane City and Rochedale Rovers in the FQPL 1.
The action kicks off on Friday night with an Ipswich derby between Ipswich Knights and Western Pride at Eric Evans Oval, with local bragging rights and a spot in the top four up for grabs.
Further west, third-placed SWQ Thunder take on sixth-placed Southside Eagles in Toowoomba, with the Thunder looking for their third win in a row.
It’s a big weekend for Mitchelton FC and Wynnum Wolves, who are both in the bottom half of the table on three points and will meet on Saturday night at Teralba Park.
In FQPL 2, Grange Thistle host Virginia United and North Star play Samford Rangers in two highly-anticipated northside derbies.
All eyes will be on the Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon as Magic United host Taringa Rovers, and last-placed Coomera Colts face a tough outing against league-leaders Caboolture FC.
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Brisbane City v Rochedale Rovers
Brisbane City host league-leaders Rochedale Rovers in a Saturday night blockbuster, as both sides jostle for top spot in the FQPL 1.
City and Rovers have dominated the league this season, with Rovers captain Greg Cheshire leading the FQPL 1 Golden Boot race with eight goals and Brisbane City players Kye Bolton and Yuta Hirayama close behind with six goals each.
Both sides are coming off convincing four-goal victories, with City beating Holland Park Hawks 4-0 last Saturday while Rochedale defeated Ipswich Knights 5-1 on the Sunday.
With both sides yet to lose a game in the league this season, expect a hard-fought battle in Newmarket on Saturday night.
Saturday 15 May, 7:30pm
Corporate Travel Management Stadium, Newmarket
Taringa Rovers v Magic United
Second plays fourth on Sunday afternoon as Magic United host Taringa Rovers on the Gold Coast.
After a fast start to the 2021 FQPL 2 season, Taringa Rovers have been pegged back in the past fortnight with consecutive 1-0 defeats against Grange Thistle and Caboolture FC.
Boom striker Sean Karambasis has been kept quiet up front after scoring an incredible 11 goals in Taringa’s opening four games.
It could be a battle of the sharpshooters at Birmingham Road, with Magic United striker Ryan Cole sitting second on the Golden Boot race with seven goals, four behind Karambasis.
Magic United were forced to share the points last weekend against Grange Thistle after letting a 2-1 lead slip in the dying moments of added time.
A win over Taringa this weekend would see Magic move above the Rovers on the FQPL 2 table.
Sunday 16 May, 3:00pm
Birmingham Road, Carrara
Matt Haspels (Ipswich Knights): The former Western Pride midfielder will line up for Ipswich Knights against his old club this weekend in the Ipswich derby.
Kye Bolton (Brisbane City): Scored all four goals in Brisbane City’s 4-0 win over Holland Park Hawks last weekend, bringing his tally to six goals in six games.
Tyler Brayley-Combe (North Star): Bagged a hat-trick in the space of just 13 minutes last Sunday in North Star’s 6-1 win over Coomera Colts.
Ramone Close (Caboolture FC): The experienced Snakes striker scored the all-important winning goal in last weekend’s 1-0 win over title contenders Taringa Rovers.
FQPL 1 Schedule:
Ipswich Knights v Western Pride
Friday 14 May, 7:30pm
Eric Evans Oval, Bundamba
SWQ Thunder v Southside Eagles
Saturday 15 May, 6:00pm
Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba
Mitchelton FC v Wynnum Wolves FC
Saturday 15 May, 6:00pm
Teralba Park, Mitchelton
Souths United v Sunshine Coast FC
Saturday 15 May, 6:30pm
Wakerley Park, Runcorn
BYE – Holland Park Hawks
FQPL 2 Schedule:
Grange Thistle v Virginia United FC
Friday 14 May, 8:45pm
Lanham Park, Grange
Samford Rangers v North Star
Saturday 15 May, 5:30pm
Samford Parklands, Samford Valley
Coomera Colts v Caboolture FC
Sunday 16 May, 3:15pm
Viney Park, Coomera