PS4 NPL Queensland Round 13 Review

Gold Coast City dug deep and proved their premiership mettle on Saturday night, storming back late to claim a 3-2 comeback win over Brisbane City.

Gold Coast sink City with late burst

Gold Coast looked listless for much of the second half, before big man Sam Smith took control of the encounter with an athletic double.

Brisbane City were heading for a spot in the top four after two goals from Nathan Bird, but the home side were ultimately unable to hold on until the final whistle.

Gold Coast should face an easier contest next weekend when they host Sunshine Coast, while Brisbane City will head up to Northern Fury needing a win to stay withing touching distance of the league leaders.

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Heat claim northern bragging rights

FNQ Heat have dealt a decisive blow in the battle for supremacy in Queensland's north, battering Northern Fury 6-0 at Endeavour Park on Saturday night.

Joshua Pin was Heat's chief destroyer, tearing into the Fury defence and creating three goals before heading in one of his own late in the contest.

Heat shared the goals around on the way to their biggest win of 2017, with five individual goal scorers all getting in on the action.

Heat will attempt to maintain their top four charge away at Brisbane Strikers in two weeks' time, while Fury will host Brisbane City as they search for their first win in six games.

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Pride sweep past Young Roar

Western Pride mowed down Brisbane Roar Youth 6-0 on Saturday night, largely thanks to Harrison Sawyer's opportunistic hat-trick.

Sawyer returned to Pride recently after spending time in the Hyundai A-League with the Newcastle Jets.

The big striker certainly made his presence felt, with an early penalty followed by two instictive finishes.

The first goal arrived from the spot inside three minutes, and Pride notched three further goals before half time to ensure a comfortable evening at Briggs Road.

Pride travel to Brisbane Olympic in Round 14 looking for back-to-back wins for the first time in 2017, while Young Roar will host Moreton Bay United.

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Close masterclass leads Olympic to big win

Four goals from Ramone Close has lifted Olympic FC to a thumping 6-0 win over Redlands United on Saturday night.

The result consolidates Olympic's place in the top three, whilst compounding Redlands' woes after a mid-week FFA Cup exit.

Close got the scoring underway for the home side after just seven minutes before Daniel Byrne doubled the lead four minutes later.

Byrne had a brace shortly after the half-hour mark as Olympic took a strangehold on the contest, leading by three at the break.

The dominance continued after the break and it took only until the 51st minute for Close to find the net again, and only five minutes after extending his side's lead to four goals, he polished off his hat-trick before adding another in the 77th minute.

The Red Devils now languish towards the foot of the ladder and face fellow strugglers Sunshine Coast FC next round. Olympic will be strong favourites for another three points at home to Western Pride.

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Strikers edge Jets

A second-half strike from Michael Lee has secured a crucial three points for Brisbane Strikers away to Moreton Bay United on Saturday night.

Lee's 69th minute strike proved to the difference between the two sides, with the Strikers consolidating second spot and the Jets falling a rung to fifth.

Both sides shared chances in the first half with Jake McLean looking the most dangerous for the visitors.

Gregory Cheshire had the game's best opportunity on the stroke of half-time, grazing the crossbar at the end of a quick counter-attack.

Both sides once again tested the respective keepers before Lee finally broke the stalemate with a well-struck shot finding the top corner.

The Jets had a late chance on the cusp of stoppage time, but couldn't convert, meaning they would be held scoreless for just the third time this campaign.

Neither side face PS4 NPL QLD action for a fortnight when the Strikers host FNQ Heat and the Jets travel to face the Young Roar.

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Thunder net back to back wins

South West Queensland Thunder have ensured last weekend's shock upset against City was no fluke, beating Sunshine Coast FC 6-1 at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Thunder dominated from the outset, with Mustafa Jafari clocking one of the quickest goals of the season, scoring within the first minute.

Shoichi Koshimizu conversion from the penalty spot provided Fire with a hint of a comeback, but Thunder's continued pressure proved too much for Fire. 

With their first back-to-back win of the season, Thunder look to continue their rise up the table when they host Redlands United FC next weekend. Fire travel down the highway to battle Gold Coast.

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