PS4 NPL Queensland Round 21 Review

PS4 NPL Qld Round 21 Review
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Carlton Westerdale's late winner secured a 2-1 victory for Redlands United over Brisbane City at the Cleveland Showgrounds in Round 21 of PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland.

Late Westerdale strike sinks City

The loss is a devastating blow to City's Finals Hopes, and a win this weekend (or next) from either Western Pride or Moreton Bay Jets would knock the Newmarket side out of contention.

The home side threatened throughout the match and took the lead through Graham Fyfe's fifth goal of the season.

City did create chances of their own and Alexander Fiechtner eventually equalised with 20 minutes remaining.

Redlands were not content to settle for a point, as Westerdale popped up in the dying stages to claim the win for the Red Devils.

City host Sunshine Coast FC next Saturday in a potential dead rubber, while Redlands close out their season away to Brisbane Roar Youth.

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Jets secure vital win

Moreton Bay United kept their Finals hopes alive with a tense 2-1 victory over SWQ Thunder at Gatton Football Club Field on Saturday night. 

Moreton Bay's win keeps them level on points with fourth-placed Western Pride, but Pride have a 20-goal lead in goal difference.

Slow to burn, both sides failed to open their accounts until the second half, when Riley Campbell made it 1-0 to the visitors just before the hour mark.

Sparked into effect, the home side immediately hit back through Majok Piok, whose neat finish tied things up two minutes after Campbell's strike.

But the Jets turned the game once again as Matthew Byrne finished a neatly worked set piece, sending the game into a tense final twenty minutes. 

The win sets up a tantalising final fixture for the Jets, who face second-placed Gold Coast City in a must-win game at Wolter Park next week. 

The clash is made even more interesting with both sides having to balance efforts ahead of their Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 encounter just four days later.

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Strikers move top after nine-minute blitz

Brisbane Strikers have moved top of the table after a 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar Youth at Perry Park.

Daniel Leck gave the Roar a shock lead midway through the first half but Strikers were level within 10 minutes and never looked back.

A three-goal blitz in nine second-half minutes saw the home side run away with the game, grabbing three absolutely vital points.

Strikers haven't led the league at all this season, but Sean Lane's team has timed their run to perfection, overtaking Gold Coast City with one game to spare.

Strikers are level with GCC on 48 points, but sit nine goals clear in goal difference. 

A win over Brisbane Olympic at Goodwin Park next Sunday would see Strikers become the first ever team to win back-to-back PS4 NPL QLD Premierships.

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Fury hold Olympic to stalemate

Northern Fury held Brisbane Olympic to a 0-0 stalemate at International Park on Saturday night. 

Olympic are now in third position on 40 points, but were hoping to secure a top-four position before taking on top of the table Brisbane Strikers in the final round next week at Goodwin Park.

A win will keep Olympic in third place, while a draw will be enough to keep them in the top four, as their solid goal difference of +31 is too great for the potential threat of Moreton Bay.

If they lose, they are at risk of fourth placed Western Pride defeating Fury next week at Briggs Road Sporting Complex and moving ahead onto 41 points.

Moreton Bay could also move ahead onto 41 points with a vital win over Gold Coast City at Wolter Park next week, which would set Olympic back to fifth place.

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Heat return home with three points

FNQ Heat will take three points back to North Queensland with them after seeing off Sunshine Coast FC 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Jamie Carroll and Kasper Holmbech were enough to secure the Heat’s ninth win of the season whilst consigning the Fire to their 19th defeat of the season.

Both sides will finish in the current positions with only a game to play – the Heat will finish seventh while the Fire have long known that they will finish in 12th.

The visitors couldn’t have hoped for a better start than the one handed to them when Jamie Carroll capitalised on a mistake at the back to open the scoring inside the first minute.

The Heat then went on to dominate opportunities to no avail. It wasn’t until deep into the second half that they opened up some breathing space when Holmbech latched onto a long through ball and converted from close range to double the visitors’ lead.

The Fire’s first real chance came in the 74th minute as Jez Lofthouse’s corner was cleared off the line.

That was as close as the home side came to scoring in their final home game of the season with a final round clash away to Brisbane City.

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Meanwhile, Dylan Wenzel-Halls' 5th minute goal has ensured it will be a thrilling final round of the season as Western Pride beat Gold Coast City 1-0 at the Mallawa Complex. The result sees Weswtern Pride in fourth spot while Gold Coast CIty sit second equal on points with league leaders Brisbane Strikers but with an inferior goal difference.