NPL Queensland Round 10 Wrap

A number of high scoring affairs were all part of an exciting round of the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

A number of high scoring affairs were all part of an exciting round of the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

Round ten saw Moreton Bay jets host Brisbane City in a nail-biter which finished 4-3 thanks to some heroics from Charles Mendy.

Frenchman Mendy bagged a hat-trick for Moreton Bay to salvage the win and take them up to second spot on the ladder.

City started the better of the two, managing to get the scoring underway through Luca Perico at the two minute mark.

Mendy was on form from the outset, replying for the hosts three minutes later.

City were not to be kept down, scoring twice through Jarred Kyle in the 15th and Matthew Biggins shortly after to lead 3-1 inside the first 20 minutes.

Mendy yet again managed to find the space to immediately pull a goal back beating City keeper Matthew Stein in the 21st minute.

A number of chances went begging for both teams until Matthew Capelo-s long range effort managed to squeeze through a crowd of players to end an electrifying half of football all square.

The second half was a much tighter affair, as both sides challenged for the win.

It took until the 84th minute to break the deadlock, when Brownlie-s cross found the unmarked Mendy, who took the chance with ease.

City drop back a spot to 7th on the ladder ahead of their clash with Redlands United next week.

Western Pride bounced back after their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Palm Beach last weekend to record their second win of the season.

Western Pride managed to secure the three points, defeating Brisbane Strikers, 4-1 at Briggs Road, Ipswich.

Peter Drager got the home side onto the front foot early, slide the ball home after a mere three minutes.

Drager secured his brace in the 16th minute, driving the ball into the net to double the lead.

Western Pride went into the break leading the injury depleted Strikers 2-0 Pride midfielder Lincoln Rule scored his first in the 58th minutes to extend the lead to 3-0.

A consolation goal to Strikers came through Thurtell before Pride claimed the three points through Rule in the 73rd minute Pride still sit in 12th place on the league ladder, while Brisbane Strikers have suffered their 3rd defeat in a row.

A brace to Braedyn Crowley secured the three points for Northern Fury against Redlands United 2-1 in Cleveland on Sunday.

The visitors had the bulk of the chances in the first half, yet were unable to breach the defense in the first half, all square at half time.

Crowley opened his account in the second half pouncing on home poor defense to take the lead.

Redlands sought about an equalizer, which finally came in the 80th minute through Russell Woodruffe catching a lucky deflection.

Fury were not to be denied pushing for the win, Crowley latched onto the end of some skillful build up play to take the three points.

The win moves Northern Fury up into sixth spot, while league leaders after 8 rounds, Redlands United have slipped back to fourth.

Brisbane Roar NYL have continued their winning ways, defeating SWQ Thunder 4-0 at the weekend.

In form striker Jai Ingham chalked up a hat-trick to help his side to secure the points at Perry Park.

Thunder were able to hold Roar Youth at bay until the 30th minute where Jai Ingham was found by Yandi Munawar just inside the box.

Thunder went into the break only a goal down and managed to hold defensively until the 70th minute where Mitchell Hore found space at the back-post to prod the ball home.

Ingham who had been diligent all game attained his hat-trick in a matter of minutes, he showed his prowess from the set piece in the 80th minute before nabbing his third minutes later.

Roar have made it four in a row, while SWQ are still stuck on the bottom of the ladder.

Sunshine Coast Fire-s up and down campaign continued when they fell 2-1 to defending NPL Queensland Champions Olympic FC at Stockland Stadium, Sunshine Coast.

Tim Smits scored the winning goal for Olympic, adding to an earlier strike from captain Danny Byrne that gave the visitors an early advantage.

Fire-s Matt Needham levelled terms just prior to half time for the hosts.

Palm Beach Sharks confirmed their reputation as the team to beat in this year-s NPL Queensland title race after thrashing Harimau Muda ‘A- 6-0 at Mallawa Complex on Sunday evening.

Striker Chris Lucas netted once in each half in a commanding team performance by the league leaders, adding to first half goals from Daniel Dragicevic and Martin Vazquez.

Troy Ruthven and Daniel Grdzic rounded out the result late in the contest for the hosts with second half goals.

Harimau Muda ended the match with nine men after dismissals for Amir Zafran Wan Nadris and Muhamed Faizat Mohamad Ghazli - each for second bookable offences - but the outcome was sealed well before the pair received their marching orders.

FNQFC had the bye this week to prepare for their clash against twelfth placed Western Pride this weekend.

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