The NPL and FQPL Women’s competitions return this weekend after several weeks of inaction due to COVID restrictions.
In the NPL, Lions FC have established a commanding lead at the top of the ladder and remain favourites to win the premiership.
Trailing Lions by nine points is Gold Coast United, with Souths United and Capalaba FC hot on their heels in third and fourth place respectively.
Souths United host Eastern Suburbs on Sunday afternoon at Wakerley Park with a resurgent Easts eyeing off a spot in the top four.
Meanwhile, Sunshine Coast Wanderers, who finished the first half of the season with three consecutive wins, will be looking to upset Capalaba FC on Sunday.
In the FQPL, just three points separates first from third as Olympic FC, Western Pride and Brisbane City battle for top spot and promotion to the NPL for 2022.
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Souths United v Eastern Suburbs
After a slow start to the season, Eastern Suburbs have surged up the ladder and are looking to continue their rise into the top four.
Before the COVID-enforced break Easts were in terrific form, going undefeated in six games with 28 goals scored and just one conceded to sit four points outside of the top four.
This weekend Easts come up against a Souths United side that is looking to gain some ground on league-leaders Lions FC.
The last time these two sides met, in April, Souths got the better of Easts at Heath Park.
But much as changed for Easts since then and they will be looking to reverse that result away from home.
Sunday 29 August, 4:15pm
Wakerley Park, Runcorn
Olympic FC v Peninsula Power
Top plays bottom this weekend in the FQPL as Olympic FC take on Peninsula Power at AJ Kelly Park.
Olympic are in pole position in the newly created competition, one point clear of nearest challenger Western Pride.
This Saturday’s game is the first of three matches against the league’s bottom three clubs in Power, SWQ Thunder and The Gap.
Olympic will be looking to see out the remainder of the season undefeated to secure promotion to the NPL in 2022.
Power, on the other hand, face three tough weeks against top three sides Olympic, Western Pride and Brisbane City as they search for their first win of 2021.
Saturday 28 August, 5:00pm
AJ Kelly Park, Kippa Ring
Deeana Thompson (Gold Coast United): Scored two goals in ten minutes to help Gold Coast beat Logan in their last outing.
Georgina Amos (Eastern Suburbs): Has been on fire this season for Easts with 18 goals in 15 games.
Tegan Van Vegchel (Peninsula Power): Scored two goals in Power’s last game, including one of the goals of the season.
Nadine Keast (Olympic FC): Bagged a quick-fire double in Olympic’s last game to help them to a 2-0 win over Logan.
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