The past fortnight has been a tumultuous time in the league. A wet weather system moved through Southeast Queensland towards the end of last week, leading to the postponement of several fixtures. With no scheduled fixtures for this weekend, most of these fixtures have already been made up.
Northern Fury 1-6 Olympic FC, Townsville, 4 June.
The Fury have had a tough time this season, still without a point after twelve rounds. Despite the score being 0-0 on 30 minutes in this game, though, a glut of goals saw Olympic run out 6-1 winners. Olympic have looked a far stronger side after appointing former Peninsula Power coach Terry Kirkham to the coaching job, winning three and drawing one in the four games he has been coach. The result sees Olympic move up to eighth position, with sixteen points. Northern Fury are sat last with zero points.
Sunshine Coast Fire 1-3 FNQ Heat, Sunshine Coast, 5 June.
In excess of 150mm fell in parts of the Sunshine Coast prior to the game, but one of the fields at Sunshine Coast Stadium was in good enough condition to host the game, despite near 50km/h winds at kickoff. The Heat took the lead after 16 minutes following a cross into the box, but the Fire settled and the game was relatively even for the most part. The Fire equalised the game on 73 minutes after a corner. This saw the Heat lift and regain their lead on 78 minutes with a fantastic chip of the goalkeeper. Fire threw everything forward after this, looking for an equaliser, but this left space in the Fire’s defence. On 81 minutes, the Heat capitalised on this with a goal from a through ball for the three points. This loss was the third in four games for the Fire, who sit tenth with fourteen points. The win solidified FNQ’s spot at the top of the table following two straight losses, with twenty-eight points.
Brisbane Roar Youth 4-1 Moreton Bay United, Cleveland, 7 June.
The first of the makeup fixtures saw Brisbane Roar Youth face Moreton Bay United from Cleveland. Despite being the defending champions, United have struggled to replicate their form this season and find themselves slipping away from the top four. Their chances won’t be helped by the 4-1 loss to the Roar. Four first half goals from the Roar put the game to bed early, while United managed a goal from a 33rd minute penalty. As a result of this game, the two sides find themselves only one point and one place away from each other, with United sixth on nineteen points and the Roar seventh on eighteen points.
Gold Coast City 3-3 Western Pride, Gold Coast, 10 June.
This game looked an easy Gold Coast City win on paper. Fifth on the ladder and just one point outside the top four before the game, it should have been relatively comfortable for them to get past the second-last placed Western Pride. Fifteen minutes into the game, that definitely looked the case as City lead 2-0. However, over the course of the next hour the Pride scored three unanswered goals and lead 3-2 on 74 minutes. City were able to pull a goal back and draw level a minute later, and that’s how the game ended. Still, City will surely be disappointed to have thrown away their lead. The result leaves Gold Coast City in fifth spot with twenty-one points, while Western Pride remain eleventh with thirteen points.
Brisbane City 4-2 SWQ Thunder, Brisbane, 12 June.
Brisbane City’s pitch more accurately resembled a swimming pool last weekend, leading to the postponement of the fixture. Thunder, who have struggled to recapture their early season form, burst out of the blocks and took the lead on 3 minutes, before City drew level on 13 minutes. Towards the end of the first half, a run on four goals in 5 minutes capped off the scoring for the match, with City adding three and Thunder one, with the game finishing 4-2. The result solidifies Brisbane City’s spot in fourth, as they draw level with the Brisbane Strikers and Redlands United above them. SWQ Thunder sit in ninth spot on sixteen points, behind Olympic on goal difference.
There remains one more game to be played from this round, with Redlands United scheduled to host Brisbane Strikers. These two sides sit second and third, both on twenty-four points. A win in this game could go a long way to determining the makeup of the top four.
This past fortnight has also seen FFA Cup qualifying round action take place, with eight clubs vying to be Queensland’s four representatives in the round of 32. The results are listed below;
Redlands United 2-1 Rochedale Rovers
Queensland Lions 0-1 Brisbane Strikers
Surfers Paradise Apollo 2-0 Sunshine Coast Fire
FNQ Heat 4-2 Frenchville FC
Congratulations to Redlands United, Brisbane Strikers, Surfers Paradise Apollo and FNQ Heat who will represent Queensland in the round of 32. Best of luck to all four clubs.
There’s a full round of action coming up in the next round of the league. The fixtures are below;
Brisbane Strikers vs Gold Coast City, Brisbane, 18 June
Moreton Bay United vs Redlands United, Brisbane, 18 June
FNQ Heat vs Western Pride, Cairns, 18 June
Northern Fury vs Sunshine Coast Fire, Townsville, 18 June
SWQ Thunder vs Brisbane Roar Youth, Toowoomba, 19 June
Olympic FC vs Brisbane City, Brisbane, 19 June