NPL Queensland Round 14 Wrap

A weekend full of derby match ups have led to some exciting encounters and surprising results in round 14 of the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

A weekend full of derby match ups have led to some exciting encounters and surprising results in round 14 of the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

Brisbane City claimed bragging rights against their much higher placed cross town rivals Olympic in the Brisbane derby 3-2 at Spencer Park.

City made their intensions clear when a long ball found Nick Buckley who finished the move to take the lead six minutes into the contest.

Buckley set up City-s second ten minutes later, providing for Ken Dougall, who then went on to double his tally on the stroke of half time to take the home side into the sheds 3-0 up.

Olympic wasted no time mounting their comeback, when Jake Mclean was allowed an easy finish in the 51st minute after being left unmarked in to box.

Terry Hughes set up a tense finish when he converted from the spot in the 77th minute but his side was unable to complete the comeback and City took the points, moved up into 10th place.

Palm Beach Sharks have halted Sunshine Coast Fire-s charge up the ladder after demolishing them 4-0 at Mallawa Complex on Saturday night.

The importance of the clash was not lost on either side as the match started tentatively, until Chris Lucas converted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute to give Palm Beach the lead.

Both sides squandered chances to really put a mark on the match until Lucas- 63rd minute corner found Rhys Lambert at the near post.

An unlucky deflection six minutes later confirmed it wasn-t Sunshine Coast-s night before substitute Alex Panic confirmed the win in the 78th minute with a sublime lobbed strike.

Football-s future was on display when Brisbane Roar NYL and Harimau Muda ‘A- shared the points 1-1 at Perry Park on Saturday night.

Harimau drew first blood, striking early through Muhammad Ariff Mo Isa, the striker coolly finishing five minutes into the contest.

The home side slowly managed to work their way into the contest drawing level in the 66th minute through Logan Grillo.

Roar who were missing their usual attacking impetus due to absence of key personnel, were unable to secure the win but the point was enough to keep them in third spot.

Moreton Bay Jets have returned to winning ways defeated the twelfth placed Western Pride 3-1 at Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Saturday night.

Both sides had a number of chances to start the game, before Golden Boot leader Royce Brownlie poked the opener home after 39 minutes.

Charles Mendy got onto the end of a set piece to nod home in the 47th minute and double their lead before Peter Drager brought the deficit back to a single goal moments later. Brownlie doubled his tally in the 75th minute to seal the victory and take the visitors back into second spot on the Ladder.

A stunning turn of events has seen FNQFC Heat come from behind to beat Northern Fury 6-2 in the North Queensland derby at Barlow Park on Saturday night.

Heat took the lead in the 19th minute when Alex Smith-s dead ball prowess was on display before the Visitors kicked into gear, snatching a goal back through Joe Thornton eight minutes later and then the lead three minutes from time due to Braedyn Crowley-s spot kick.

Jamie Carroll swooped on a 53rd minute goalkeeping error to take the home side level before they set about dismantling the Townsville outfits defences.

Mgondisi Nkiwane secured the lead for the second time in the 59th minute before Smith completed his brace.

Heat rounded out an emphatic victory when Crios O-Hare returned from injury to notch up a quick fire brace in the final ten minutes.

Brisbane Strikers have jetted themselves into the top four by defeating Redlands United 2-1 at Perry Park on Sunday.

Strikers started brightly, bossing the opening exchanges, yet it was United who struck first, Scott Bow put the visitors ahead when he found space in the 52nd minute.

It took seven minutes for Strikers to break down the defences of United to reply through Jheison Macuace to draw them level.

Strikers went on to secure the points and condemn United to tenth spot when Jason Shade directed the ball home from a corner.

SWQ had the bye ahead of their match against Olympic in round 15

Palm Beach Sharks have extended their lead atop the ladder to twelve points after defeating Brisbane City 3-0 in a make-up game from round 5 at Spencer Park on Tuesday night.

Palm Beach started shakily against their much lower opponents in the opening exchanges until Chris Lucas was sent to the spot in 26th minute after the busy Troy Ruthvan had been fouled in the box.

Sharks doubled their lead just after the break when Rhys Lambert-s curling long range effort found the back of the net.

The toll of City-s win over Olympic was starting to show before Lucas grabbed his second two minutes from time to give the visitors their 10th win in a row.

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