PS4 NPL Queensland Round 8 Review

Six different goalscorers have contributed to an incredible 9-3 victory for Western Pride over Sunshine Coast Fire on Saturday night.

Pride win 12-goal epic

Salomon Lukonga was heavily involved in the early stages, assisting Mitchell Bird for the Pride's first goal after four minutes before scoring himself just a minute later.

Bird then capitalised on an errand clearance to extend the Pride's lead to three goals before Danyon Bell pulled one back for the visitors on the half-hour mark.

The Pride were able to find the net twice more in as many minutes before the break as Bird completed his hat-trick before Jacob Minett converted from an acute angle.

Both sides traded goals shortly after the break with Jordan Lambi scoring the hosts' sixth, two minutes before Zachary Munster had his side's second of the night.

The Pride then scored three times in as many minutes as Lukonga, Joe Duckworth and Dylan Wenzel-Halls put the Fire to the sword.

Munster bagged his brace with a late consolation goal but the damage was well and truly done as the Pride record their second win of the season.

The winless Fire now host Moreton Bay United while the Pride travel to Toowoomba to face fellow winless side SWQ Thunder.

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Strikers score seven to blitz Fury

A remarkable four goal second half from Greg Cheshire has seen Brisbane Strikers comfortably account for the Northern Fury at Perry Park on Saturday night.

It didn’t take long for the Strikers to get in the mood, with Jake McLean’s deflected shot just under ten minutes in opening the scoring.

Despite the Fury’s positive response, the Strikers would double their advantage, with Jeremy Stewart capitalising on a well worked counter-attack to score from close range.

The Fury would pull one back, however, with Jake Perry taking advantage of a poorly defended cross to slot home.

It was all Strikers – especially Greg Cheshire – in the second half, though, running riot to set up Stewart’s second goal just after the restart, before scoring an impressive four of his own.

The big win for Strikers sees them keep pace with ladder leaders Brisbane Olympic, while importantly creating breathing room from the Fury, who will hope for a big response hosting the Roar Youth at home next week.

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GC City take back top spot

Gold Coast City have returned to the top of the PS4 NPL Queensland ladder with a 4-1 victory over Brisbane Roar Youth on Saturday night.

Roman Hoffman opened the scoring from distance after just finished four minutes before Finn Beakhurst levelled proceedings 13 minutes later.

The two sides traded chances for the rest of the first half with the Young Roar coming closest to finding a go-ahead goal.

It took the visitors less than a minute after the restart to take the lead through Jarrod Kyle before Sam Smith handed his side some breathing space minutes later.

The Young Roar were handed a lifeline when Gold Coast were reduced to ten-men as Benjamin Lyvidikos picked up a second yellow card with well over half hour to play.

The hosts couldn't capitalise and City managed to add a fourth despite the deficit in manpower. Substitute Curtis Stollery sewed up the points for Gold Coast with 20 minutes remaining.

The win sets up an enticing contest with Olympic FC next Saturday night for Gold Coast while the Roar travel north to face Northern Fury.

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City capitalise to shoot down Jets

Brisbane City have kept pace with the top four after an absorbing 3-2 win over Moreton Bay United at Wolter Park on Saturday night.

The home side started brightest but went behind, after Carter Glockner took full advantage of some poor defensive awareness to score the opening goal just ten minutes in.

The Jets bombarded the goal in the rest of the first half but couldn’t find their reward, being stopped multiple times by City keeper Bon Scott.

Moreton Bay’s equalised in the second half, with a goal from Riley Campbell, but City hit them with a sucker punch, as two goals in two minutes – from Mitchell Hore and Simon Biel – swung the match back in their favour.

The Jets got one back in injury time through Riley Campbell’s second of the game, but it would prove to be only a consolation.

The win sees Brisbane City just one point outside the top four, overtaking Moreton Bay who are just one point behind.

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Heat overcome tough Redlands in the wet

FNQ Heat has responded well from conceding early to overcome a hard working Redlands United 3-1 at Barlow Park on Saturday night.

Despite their lowly position on the table, the visiting Redlands took an early lead, with Michael Ryan heading home from a free kick eight minutes in.

The Heat responded well, however, and were back on level terms half an hour in after earning a penalty converted by Charlie Beverley.

The Heat pushed for the go-ahead goal and got it with twenty minutes to go, with a well placed cross finding Beverley to head into an open net for his second of the game.

The heavy rain slowed the rest of the game down considerably, but the Heat added an exclamation point, with Christopher Sullivan’s shot from 25 yards sealing the win.

The vital three points see FNQ Heat remain in the top four with a host of teams breathing down their neck, while Redlands are still looking to add to their solitary win this season.

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Olympic slot four past Thunder

Brisbane Olympic have secured a dominant 4-0 victory over South West Queensland Thunder at Goodwin Park on Sunday night.

In a tense opening stanza, Olympic repelled a number of Thunder's raids before Ramone Close scored the first goal in the 40th minute.

The second half was a much more open affair, with Close netting his brace from the penalty spot and Sam Cronin adding polish to the scoreline after a Thunder own goal.

The win sees Olympic keep pace with Gold Coast City, setting up a top-of-the-table clash on the Gold Coast next weekend.

Thunder host Western Pride, still looking for their first win of the season.

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