The PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland Finals Series picture became clearer in Round 20 but the Premiership remains up for grabs.
SWQ Thunder FC 2 (Nykodah SMITH 6’, Anthony GRANT 32’)
Sunshine Coast FC 3 (Kenya TAKAHASHI 33’ 56’, Jacob FULLUCK 38’)
Sunshine Coast FC fought from two goals down to overcome a spirited SWQ Thunder 3-2 at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Saturday.
Fire’s Kenya Takahashi delivered a brace - including the decisive goal midway through the second half - to add to a first-half strike from Jacob Fulluck.
Goals to Nykodah Smith and Anthony Grant surged Thunder to a two goal lead in the opening stanza, but the Toowoomba-based club proved unable to maintain their advantage as they slumped to a 16th straight defeat.
Full match report and post-match interviews - http://bit.ly/1MbPWMN
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 2 (Shelford DAIS 10’, Samuel SIBATUARA 86’)
Northern Fury FC 0
Brisbane Roar Youth were pushed all the way before edging out Northern Fury 2-0 at Perry Park on Saturday night.
Shelford Dais and Samuel Sibatuara struck a goal in each half to help Young Roar nudge Fury out of the top half of the table.
The result leaves Fury’s PlayStation® 4 NPL Queensland Finals Series hopes hanging by a thread, with the Townsville club needing maximum points from their final three games and reliant on other results to finish in the top four.
Full match report and post-match interviews - http://bit.ly/1J2sSAR
FNQ FC Heat 2 (Crios O’HARE 43’, Joshua PIN 45’)
Olympic FC 1 (Sam CRONIN 28’)
FNQ Heat took a major step toward a return to finals football with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Olympic FC at Barlow Park in Cairns on Saturday night.
Olympic took the lead courtesy of Sam Cronin but were reeled in by two quick fire goals from Crios O’Hare and Josh Pin immediately prior to half-time.
The result extends Heat's unbeaten run to five matches and brings the Cairns-based club to within two points of a top four finish with two matches remaining.
Full match report and post-match interviews - http://bit.ly/1T4JVHe
Brisbane City FC 0
Redlands United FC 1 (Graham FYFE 34’p)
Redlands United sured up their hopes of a maiden Finals Series appearance with a 1-0 win over Brisbane City at Corporate Travel Management Stadium on Saturday night.
PlayStation® 4 NPL Queensland golden boot leader Graham Fyfe struck his 17th goal of 2015 from the penalty spot midway through the first-half to guide the Red Devils to an eighth straight win in the league.
The result moves Redlands to third on the league table and four points behind league-leaders Moreton Bay United with two matches remaining.
Full match report and post-match interviews - http://bit.ly/1Mc5392
Western Pride FC 1 (own goal 18')
Moreton Bay United FC 3 (Charles MENDY 41’, Royce BROWNLIE 58’, Alex HENDERSON 66’)
Moreton Bay United retained top spot and quashed Western Pride’s hopes of a top four finish with a come-from behind 3-1 win at Briggs Road Complex on Saturday.
Jets surged to victory courtesy of goals to Charles Mendy, Royce Brownlie and Alex Henderson after Pride opened the scoring via an own goal.
The result ends a three-match winless streak for Jets and while also officially ending Pride’s push for a maiden PlayStation ® 4 NPL Queensland Finals Series appearance.
Full match report and post-match interviews - http://bit.ly/1Nhjfw7
Brisbane Strikers FC 2 (Apai UKUNO 35’, Greg KING 62’p)
Palm Beach SC 1 (Roman HOFMANN 90+3’)
Brisbane Strikers revitalised their Premiership hopes with a 2-1 win over a ten-man Palm Beach SC at Perry Park on Sunday afternoon.
Mid-season recruit Apai Ukuno opened the scoring for Strikers in his first start for the club before Greg King wrapped up the result on the hour from the penalty spot.
Roman Hofmann converted a late consolation for Sharks but it wasn’t enough to prevent a second straight defeat for the Gold Coast club and significantly dent their ambitions of a top four finish.Full match report and post-match interviews - http://bit.ly/1HyMxRG