PS4 NPL Queensland Round 9 Review

SWQ Thunder have recorded their maiden victory of the PlayStation 4 NPL 2017 Season with a 2-1 home win over Western Pride.

Thunder record maiden victory

The result ends a streak of four consecutive defeats for the Thunder, who leap off the foot of the table, while the Pride languish in eighth.

Chances were hard to come by in the first half, but the Thunder opened the scoring just minutes after the break through Matt Williams.

The lead was short-lived however, as Adam Endean soon restored parity for the visitors, setting up a granstand ending.

With just three minutes of regular time remaining, the Thunder were awarded a penalty. Thomas Fanning's original spot kick was saved, but he converted on the follow up to hand the Thunder the lead.

The Pride believed they had secured a late point as the ball ended up in the back of the net from a set piece, but it was disallowed for offisde. 

The Thunder now face an away date with Moreton Bay United, while the Pride have the daunting task of Gold Coast City next round.

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Strikers' attack on song

Brisbane Strikers have continued their recent goal-scoring form with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Redlands United at Cleveland Showgrounds on Friday night. 

The first half was brought to life by a number of close chances by Redlands' Alexander Warrilow, but Strikers struck first through Jeremy Stewart following a quick counter. 

Following resumption, Strikers pressed and Sam Knight scored the first of his brace with a long-range shot from 25 out. Another two quick goals ensured Strikers the victory.

The win boosts Strikers' impressive form in front of goal in the past three weeks as they keep pace with the top of the table.

They travel away to play Brisbane Roar Youth next weekend, while Redlands will hope to rebound and launch a title charge when they play Brisbane City away.

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City beat Heat after frantic finale

Brisbane City stormed home late to beat FNQ Heat 3-1 at Corporate Travel Management Stadium on Saturday night.

Simon Biel and Han Kuk popped up in the dying minutes to grab a fifth win of the season for City, as the home side leapfrogged Heat into fourth spot on the ladder. 

The result will sting for Heat, especially as Ari Isman smacked the crossbar minutes after his team equalised with ten minutes remaining.

City play Logan Lightning in the Westfield FFA Cup next week before hosting Redlands United the following week, while Heat have two weeks to prepare for their home clash with Sunshine Coast FC.

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GCC hold on to move top

Gold Coast City have climbed atop the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland ladder after holding on for a 1-0 win against Brisbane Olympic at Duncan McKenna Field.

The teams traded chances during a tense first half, but the match was tipped on its head after Olympic's Zander Guy was sent for an early shower just after the hour mark.

It wasn't long before Sam Smith capitalised on Gold Coast's numerical advantage, heading home Roman Hofmann's cross at the back post.

Olympic were denied late relief when a supposed equaliser was scratched off, after the linesman waved for offside.

Gold Coast defend their newfound status as league leaders when they visit Western Pride in two weeks' time, while Olympic will look to re-establish their top four credentials at home to Northern Fury. 

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Jets dominant in 7-0 win

A first-half masterclass and an Alex Janovsky hat-trick has secured Moreton Bay United a dominant 7-0 victory against Sunshine Coast at Kawana Sports Western Precinct on Sunday afternoon.

Janovsky lit up the first half with a quickfire five minute hat-trick, his second a strike from 40-yards out following a failed clearance. 

Jets continued to exert pressure with another two goals added before half-time, with Donggyu Lee and Riley Campbell ensuring a stellar first-half.

The second half proved a quieter affair, with Fire having a number of close chances, but two further Jets' goals to Campbell and Christopher Swain denied Fire any hint of a comeback. 

Jets host South West Queensland Thunder next weekend, eager to keep pace with the top of the table, while Fire look to turn their season around when they travel north to play FNQFC Heat.

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