A rematch of last year’s Grand Final between Palm Beach SC and Olympic FC headlines Round 2 of the PlayStation® 4 NPL Queensland season.
Redlands United FC v Moreton Bay United FC
Friday, 6 March / Cleveland Showgrounds / 7:00PM
Redlands United will look to carry the momentum of last week’s stoppage-time equaliser away to Brisbane Strikers into Friday night’s first home match against Moreton Bay United.
The hosts will have to contend with an in-form opponent though after Adam Piddick’s Jets opened their season with a confident 3-2 win over Olympic FC.
Player-Coach Graham Fyfe missed one penalty but scored another against Strikers and will again lead from the front, while prolific Jets front-man Royce Brownlie has already opened his account in defence of last year’s Golden Boot.
Brisbane City FC v Brisbane Strikers FC
Friday, 6 March / Corporate Travel Management Stadium / 8:00PM
All eyes will be on Brisbane City after the former Grand Finalists suffered a shock 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Sunshine Coast FC in their first outing of the season.
Home comforts will be warmly welcomed by City as they seek a quick remedy to that debacle, but Kevin A’herne-Evans and Brisbane Strikers will have other ideas.
Strikers will be just as desperate to taste victory after having three points snatched away in stoppage-time last Saturday night and will be keen to inflict more damage on their wounded local rivals.
South West Queensland Thunder FC v Brisbane Roar FC Youth
Saturday, 7 March / Clive Berghofer Stadium / 5:00PM
Despite a 5-2 defeat, Toowoomba-based side SWQ Thunder made positive strides away to Western Pride in the first match of their second season last week.
Chris Hewson opened the scoring in Ipswich before the visitors were ultimately overrun, with Saturday evening’s visit of Brisbane Roar Youth indicating an even contest between two inexperienced outfits.
Young Roar will carry form into the encounter after concluding their Foxtel National Youth League commitments with a 2-1 win over Perth Glory last week, albeit narrowly missing out on the title to Melbourne City.
Palm Beach SC v Olympic FC
Saturday, 7 March / Mallawa Complex / 5:00PM
Fireworks will be expected on the Gold Coast when reigning champions Palm Beach SC again host Olympic FC in a rematch of last year’s dramatic Grand Final.
Saturday’s clash will be just as heated as that encounter – where Sharks completed the double with a 3-2 win in normal time – as both teams search for their first points of the season.
The hosts have had an extra week to prepare after the start to their title defence was delayed last round due to Young Roar’s absence, while defensive errors brought Olympic unstuck away to Jets.
Western Pride FC v Northern Fury FC
Saturday, 7 March / Briggs Road Complex / 7:00PM
Two of the opening round’s biggest winners will do battle in Round 2’s live-streamed match as Northern Fury again hit the road following last weekend’s hard-fought 3-2 victory away to rivals FNQ Heat.
That confidence-boosting result was Fury’s first ever win over Heat and Ian Ferguson’s men will need a similarly inspired performance to overcome an improved Western Pride.
Karl Dodd’s Pride likewise have the chance to make it two in two after responding well to going behind early against SWQ Thunder, running rampant with five goals as they attempt to build towards a first finals appearance.
Sunshine Coast FC v FNQ FC Heat
Sunday, 8 March / Sunshine Coast Stadium / 2.15PM
Six goals scored, zero conceded and three early points in the bag marked a dream first match in charge of Sunshine Coast for Player-Coach Paul Arnison.
Having taken many by surprise with their complete performance, Fire will again enjoy a home ground advantage when Cairns club FNQ Heat arrive on Sunday afternoon.
Points will be at the forefront of the agenda for the visitors after surrendering the lead to lose 3-2 at home to Northern Fury last time out, despite goals from key pair Mqondisi Nkiwane and Alex Smith.
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