Upset wins, thrilling draws and plenty of goals comprised a blockbuster weekend of action in Round 15 of PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland.
GCC stun league leaders Heat
Gold Coast City FC – 4 (Rhys SAUNDERS 2’ 5’, Roman Hofmann 55’p, Jaiden WALKER 80’)
FNQ FC Heat – 0
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Gold Coast City’s PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland Finals Series push is back on track after overcoming an early send-off to shock FNQ Heat 4-0 at Duncan McKenna Field.
The win serves as a major boost for City’s hopes of a top four finish – ending a three match losing streak while also marking their first clean sheet of the season.
For Heat, the result serves as a wake-up call in their quest for maiden silverware and could cut their lead atop the table cut to just a single point depending on the round’s other results.
Redlands fightback foils Thunder
Redlands United FC – 4 (Michael LEE 50’, Michael MCGOWAN 65’p 83’p, Graham FYFE 85’)
SWQ Thunder FC – 3 (Keagan SHERIDAN 34’, Majok PIOK 38’p 53’)
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Four second half goals has seen Redlands United deliver a remarkable 4-3 come-from-behind win over SWQ Thunder FC in a fiery clash at Cleveland Showgrounds.
Both sides finished the match a player down as brace scorers Michael McGowan and Majok Piok both saw red in the closing stages of the see-sawing contest.
The win ends a two match losing streak for the Red Devils and sees the bayside club firm their hold on third place in the league standings.
Young Roar end Olympic run
Brisbane Roar FC Youth – 1 (Aaron REARDON 14’)
Olympic FC – 0
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A spectacular overhead strike from Aaron Reardon proved decisive as Brisbane Roar Youth edged Olympic FC 1-0 at Cleveland Showgrounds.
Reardon struck approaching the quarter hour to secure his team's third straight win and maintained their unbeaten home record in PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues this year.
However, Young Roar were forced to work for the win as they saw off a series of concerted raids from Olympic in the second stanza to notch their first ever league double over their capital city rivals.
The result ends a five match unbeaten run for Olympic and sees Young Roar edge them out of seventh in the league standings.
Jets draw Strikers in six goal thriller
Brisbane Strikers FC - 3 (Rhys MEREDITH 11’p, Fraser HILLS 24’ 25’)
Moreton Bay United FC - 3 (Taiga ISHIKURA 18’, Jonathan MARRAIYA 19’, Alex JANOVSKY 73’)
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A stunning second half strike from Alex Janovsky has seen Moreton Bay United salvage a thrilling 3-3 draw with Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park.
Both sides exchanged counter-punches throughout the see-sawing contest but ultimately proved unable to land a decisive blow.
The result sees the second-placed Strikers reduce FNQ Heat’s margin atop the league to three points, while Jets hold on to fifth spot on the table and move to within a point of the top four.
Fury fightback draws Pride
Western Pride FC – 3 (Mitchell BIRD 31', Maxime HOPPENOT 50', Joseph DUCKWORTH 57’)
Northern Fury FC – 3 (Jonathon BAGLEY 38' 89', Jae EURELL 85')
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Two goals in the final five minutes saw Northern Fury snatch a dramatic 3-3 draw with Western Pride at Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
The results secures the bottom-of-the-table Fury their first away point of the campaign and sees them now unbeaten in their past two matches.
Pride remain 12 points ahead of Fury in the battle for the wooden spoon but are now without a win in their past five matches – conceding three goals in each of their past four outings.
Fire dent City finals push
Sunshine Coast FC – 2 (Shoichi KOSHIMIZU 12', Jeremy STEWART 44')
Brisbane City FC – 1 (Samuel SIBATUARA 84')
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Two first-half goals proved enough for Sunshine Coast FC to hold off a fast-finishing Brisbane City 2-1 at Kawana Sports Western Precinct.
The result marks a second defeat inside a week for City, who drop out of the top four for the first time since Round 10.For Fire, the win continues their hot-and-cold run in 2016 – putting paid to a two match winless run and lifting them to ninth in the standings.