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Trophy Superstore Premier League Round-up29.06.2015Lachlan Munn scored twice for Wolves FC in the vital relegation battle against Taringa Rovers but his impressive return was negated by two red cards for team-mates Jeff Woodward and Michael Keall when they battled out a 2-2 draw.Killian Flavin and Jonathon Sauer scored for Taringa in the second half after being behind at halftime. It’s a result which doesn’t do a lot to help either team and keeps thing interesting at the bottom of the Club Championship table.Ipswich Knights shared the goals around and eventually came away with a comfortable 4-2 victory over UQFCat Oval 5a.Mitch Davis scored in the eleventh minute and the Students were able to equalise before the break but second half goals to Dane Grant, Lucas Wilson and Taiga Ishikura ensured the Students poor season continues.Ipswich are a threat to any team on their day and they’ll be happy to have scored four times in the same match. Albany Creek went ahead against Rochedale Rovers but were swamped leading into the halftime break when they lost 3-1 at Wolter Park.Adnan Jakupovic, Todd Gava and Michael Baird scored for Rovers which is a great sign. Gava is crucial to the fortunes at Underwood Park and the addition of goals at the other end is even handier.ACE are still within sight of the top four but a seven point gap will be very hard to peg back. Expect Rochedale to get better now they are almost back to full strength.Mitchelton pretty much wrapped up the points by the 36th minute with a 3-0 lead at halftime which ended in a confident 4-1 victory over Capalaba at Teralba Park.Tim Lawson, Michael McGregor and Harry Noon were the first half scorers whilst Seb Janssen finished off proceedings in the 90th minute. The result sees them sneak above Peninsula into second place.Sam Basnett has been finding the target lately and once again he scored for the Bulldogs but they need better than this if they are to stay out of relegation trouble.Logan FC and Lions FC went at each other again in the “L” Classico and this time it was Lions who triumphed with a 2-1 scoreline.But it took a long time for the game to open up. Alex Janovsky scored first in the 71st minute with a low shot from outside of the area but two minutes later Logan equalised through a booming indirect free-kick from Alex Warrilow.Lions once again dominated all the major statistics and it was no real surprise when Kado Aoci, who had created plenty of chances, bobbed up in the 84th minute with a winning goal.Six wins out of seven, including last weekend’s defeat of Lions FC, has changed everything for Eastern Suburbsand things look even better for them after they beat finals contenders Peninsula Power 2-1 at Heath Park.Two goals in six minutes from Carter Glockner and Jarod Lancaster put Peninsula under pressure and despite a goal from Jared Austin in the 38th minute they were able to hang on for the entire second half.Easts may not be able to win the title from here but they will have a huge impact on how the rest of the season shapes up.by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
Points table as at 29/6/15.*Points may not reflect matches that have been rescheduled for one or more teams from a Club in a given fixture round.As these matches are played, the points will be added to the table at the next weekly update.The points system explained:3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and a loss is 0 points. Then....The Premier team result is multiplied by 5The Reserves team result is multiplied by 3The U18 team result is multiplied by 2The U16 team results is multiplied by 1The total for a club is the sum of those figures each round.Example:Club ‘A’ has all wins for a fixture round. Therefore they get 3 x 5 + 3 x 3 + 3 x 2 + 3 x 1 = 33 pointsClub ‘B’ has a win in the Premier team a loss in the Reserves and the U18s and a win in the U16s. Therefore they get 3 x 5 + 0 x 3 + 0 x 2 + 3 x 1 = 18 points By Ian Judd - FB Media
28.06.2015Eastern Suburbs 2 (Glockner 29'; Lancaster 36')Peninsula Power 1 (Austin 38')HT: 2-1Played at: Heath ParkReferee: David WalshEastern Suburbs: Carroll (gk), Boyd, Burgess, Close, Cunha, Glockner, Grogan, Porras Martonell, Ryan, Stenhouse. Subs: McIlwain (rgk), McMullen, Edwards, Rahman, Coyne.Peninsula Power: Reesby (gk), Austin, Brown, Holden, Hornby, Marraiya, Maticic, McEvoy T., Roulston, Sauer, Swain. Subs: Cleary, Forsyth, Porter, Kirala(rgk).First half goals to Carter Glockner and Jarod Lancaster proved to be enough as Eastern Suburbs edged out a depleted Peninsula Power at Heath Park on Saturday night.Jared Austin's cheeky reply shortly after Lancaster's strike kept Power in the hunt but on the night they just fell short as Easts made it 8 wins from their last 9 outings to put pressure on the sides above them in the top four of the Trophy Superstore Premier League.Power entered the game with nine previous first team players absent from injury, suspension and having departed the club. The most notable absentee being top goal scorer Shaun Fueurriegel, still serving a suspension. Steve Cleary made a return after his move to North Pine didn't work out and Terry Kirkham welcomed the arrival of Jonathan Marraiya to the Power line-up. The hosts were missing Toru Amano but otherwise fielded a full strength side.On paper and based on recent results, it looked a daunting task for the visitors but they initially took the game to the Tigers and enjoyed the better of the earlier exchanges. Austin forcing a save from Tom Carroll midway through the half after a neat through ball from Matthew Sauer.Easts too had a handful of chances but Jake Reesby was equal to the task as both sides went in search of the opener and it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on the half hour. Glockner was played into the box, beating the offside trap and expertly guiding a curling shot past Reesby and off the right hand post to put his side in front.Easts' Jarod Lancaster about to score his side's second and eventual winner.Easts extended their lead shortly after. A defensive mix-up allowed Jarod Lancaster to ghost at the back of the box, work his way around an onrushing Reesby and pass the ball into an empty net to put the Tigers in the box seat on 36 minutes.But just two minutes later, the home crowd were left stunned when Austin audaciously lobbed Carroll and despite the Easts stopper getting a hand to the ball, all he could do was guide it onto the underside of the bar and into the goal.That saw the sides enter the interval with Easts having their noses in front.The second half was a more timid affair with neither side wanting to make a mistake and chances were few and far between.Glockner forced a good save from Ressby at his near post with a rasping effort just before the hour and Cleary went close for Power in a scramble on the penalty spot but Carroll somehow managed to bravely gather the ball in with a crowd of players around him.The best chance of the half fell to Ramone Close who should have tested Reesby when well placed but instead dragged his shot wide.Neither side could find another goal as Easts held out to make it 2 wins from 3 over the top four rivals in June, as they look to have put their early season poor form well and truly behind them.It was a gutsy effort from Peninsula as they troubled their hosts and with their regular strike force, things may have ended differently.Next weekend sees a break for both sides but with Easts having gathered some momentum in recent weeks, they'll perhaps have preferred to keep playing.The race is still on for top four placings with six games remaining but a 4 point gap to 5th is looking good for those at the top. But of course, you can't discount anything from happening in football. FBMedia Player of the Match: #17 Jarod Lancaster - Eastern SuburbsPopped up to score the eventual winner but more importantly was his defensive display. Ever present when needed and the youngster had energy to burn. FB Media Match Stats.Corners: 3 - 3Off-sides: 5 - 0Yellow Cards: 0 - 2Photos and report by: Ian Judd - FB Media
It is with sadness to advise you all that Ian Stuart has Retired due to serious Knee issues. Ian will undergo an operation in due course. I for one will miss the big ‘Soft C%ck’ who unlike some of you ‘Sissies’, would turn up to training & games and give 100% despite the fact he was carrying a bung knee or busted ribs. Despite finding the initial going tough, he hung in there and persisted and managed to nail his 1st ever goal in the process. He gave it his all and that’s all you can ask from anyone. Fortunately, he will continue to be a ‘Groupie’ for the remainder of the Season & beyond! And just in case you’re wondering, I coined the term ‘Soft’… he added the ‘C%ck’…
Brisbane Force Withdraw From Capital League 126.06.2015 As a result of their withdrawal from the competition, a BYE will be substituted into the draw.The club has experienced problems with player numbers and reliability in recent weeks, resulting in an issue with fielding a team. Brisbane Force were forced into making the difficult decision to withdraw from the competition.The Competition Rules state:2.8 Withdrawal/Removal/Suspension from FixturesIf any team in a competition withdraws, is removed or suspended, then the following will apply:If the team is withdrawn, removed or suspended during the second or subsequent rounds, all points and goals acquired for the completed rounds will be retained by opposing teams and the recorded results for that team in the uncompleted round will be deleted and, if the team cannot be replaced, a bye in the competition will be substituted for the remainder of that round.As a result, all matches played against them during the 1st round will stand.As a result, all matches played against them during the 2nd round will be altered to show a bye.This will mean that no points and goals will be recorded for these matches in the 2nd Round.The Capital League 1 and Reserves tables will be updated accordingly.Force will be automatically relegated to Capital League 2 for the 2016 season, which leaves one remaining relegation place to be decided.By Ian Judd - FB Media
25.06.2015Wolves FC vs Taringa Rovers Friday 8:30pm Carmichael ParkWolves have lost two in a row but that’s misleading because they played two of the better teams in the competition. It’s not unreasonable to suggest they will be favourites for this one and it should give them confidence. It’s going to be a big Friday night and the reserve grade will be almost as important as the top grade. This is an absolute must-win game and they can win it if they play their best.Taringa Rovers are unfathomable. One week they go out and get beaten 6-0 by the bottom team and the next they push the second placed team all the way and only lose 1-0 in injury time. It’s impossible to quantify that kind of form but it’s important to note that that ultimately they lost both games. On those results it stands to reason they should probably lose heavily this weekend. Who can tell?This game is so important it can’t be under-stated. We’ re still a long way out but if either side loses first and reserve grade they will be relegation favourites. Prediction: 2-2 DrawUQFC vs Ipswich Knights Friday 8:30pm Oval 5aYet another false dawn for UQFC was quickly forgotten last weekend when the Students went out to John Fredricks Park and the points were pretty much handed over to the Bulldogs by halftime. It’s a shame they aren’t in any real danger of getting relegated because it might just give them some motivation to play better. At the moment they are just marking time and there may be better teams in the lower grades.It’s almost like consistency has disappeared for half the teams in The Trophy Superstore Premier League andIpswich Knights are no exception to the rule but the win over Logan two weeks ago demonstrates their potential to spring some impressive upsets. They will probably be favourites in this game but that status is unlikely to affect them. A win here will make them feel a little more comfortable for the rest of the season.Should be very close for long periods but UQFC seem to have a knack for losing the tight games. Prediction: Ipswich 2-0Albany Creek vs Rochedale Rovers Saturday 6pm Wolter ParkAlbany Creek efficiently went about collecting three more points last weekend are shaping as a threat to the teams above them on the ladder. If results go their way, and there is a realistic chance of that happening, they will find themselves only one point outside the the top four. They really need to win this game and of course they travelled to Underwood Park and won only three games ago.Last weekend’s win over Logan was very important for Rochedale Rovers, not only because they are mortal enemies but also because it gives them impetus to at least have something to aim for. A lot of pundits are suggesting they could derail the aspirations of the semi-final contenders and have plenty to say in the final make-up of the league. From their own point of view, they need to win this game or it’s all academic. Hard to split the teams on form and head to head but Rochedale if they play to their best ability will win. Prediction: Rochedale 2-0Mitchelton vs Capalaba Saturday 6pm Teralba ParkFrom a 4-4 draw against Peninsula to another late, late victory over Taringa Rovers, Mitchelton are doing their best to make the season memorable and entertaining. The hardcore supporters at Teralba Park might find it less interesting as they chew their nails. Second on the ladder and only going to get better, it would be a surprise if they didn’t start scoring even more goals.Back to back wins and another eminently winnable game next weekend sees Capalaba getting further away from relegation and it’s exactly what they need to play their open style of football. They concede goals but they know their way to the net as well. Strangely, the best they have played all season was in the corresponding fixture at John Fredricks Park. Perhaps they like to play against similarly attacking teams.You really can’t go past Mitchelton but it won’t be as easy as the table might suggest. Prediction: Mitchelton 3-2Logan FC vs Lions FC Saturday 6:30pm Cornubia ParkThe Logan wheels are wobbling down at Cornubia Park with two losses in a row and the much-vaunted draw against Lions doesn’t look so great after they were beaten by Easts last weekend. But they can steel themselves with the knowledge that they are capable of winning this return encounter and if they can hit the target instead of the woodwork they are defensively strong enough. Lions lost last week but there won’t be any heads on the chopping block just yet. They played the worst football of the season so far but it wasn’t bad football. Things didn’t go their way and with some key players out and a long stretch of crucial games leading up to it, it’s probably no surprise they eventually gave up their unbeaten record. But no-one would be surprised if they win this game.Lions are unlikely to lose back to back games all year and shouldn’t have too many problems getting the points. Prediction: Lions 2-0Eastern Suburbs vs Peninsula Power Saturday 7pm Heath ParkAll the talk this week has been about not only Easts beating Lions but also the way they went about it. Enthusiasm and commitment were the order of the day and they played at least as well as anyone has so far this year. It’s easy to forget just how many great players they have in their squad until you actually see them play. The doldrums are over and the race for the prizes is back on.Probably Peninsula’s biggest Achilles Heel at this point is maintaining interest until finals time because they will definitely be there. They could miss out, but they won’t. Suspensions will once again be important but it didn’t make much of a difference last weekend. This game should be a good litmus test for where the teams are in relation to each other which adds extra interest.UPSET OF THE WEEK! Not sure if it’s that much of an upset considering how well the Tigers are going but the table doesn’t lie and Peninsula are six points ahead. Prediction: Easts 1-0by Phil Davis
22.06.2015Lions FC 0Eastern Suburbs 2 (Glockner 22’, Stenhouse pen 41’)HT 0-2Played at: Lions StadiumReferee: Alex King Assistants: Renae Coghill / Cameron FawcettLions: Zabaks, Carseldine, Reardon, Simic, Carlos, Moon, Janovsky, Bonotto, Mimaki, Aoci, Morgan. Subs: Murphy, Mollee, Pillay, Jarrard, HammadEasts: Carroll, Grogan, Boyd, Ryan, Burgess, Cunha, Stenhouse, Lancaster, Glockner, Porras Martorell, Close. Subs: McMullen, Heath, Rahman, McIlwain, Barnett.Eastern Suburbs made it six wins out of seven and dispelled any suspicions they were only good against the lower teams when they produced a stunning 2-0 victory over previously undefeated Lions FC at Lions Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Two first half runs from Carter Glockner effectively sealed the game. In the 21st minute he latched onto a great through ball and confidently drove the ball low past Phil Zabaks in goal.A minute before halftime a run into the same left-side channel saw him brought down in the penalty area. Ryan Stenhouse stepped up to the spot and smashed the ball home straight down the middle.Lions played their usual quality possession-based football, eventually emerging with 59%, which generally results in their opposition parking the bus as best they can but the Tigers certainly didn’t do that. They defended stoutly and pushed forward en masse at every opportunity, creating the better chances for the majority of the game.Glockner was on fire in the first half and was ultimately the incisive difference between the sides. The two best central defensive partnerships in the Trophy Superstore Premier League were on the park today so it was always going to be tight.Easts looked, well, they looked like they did in pre-season. They pressed hard as often as they could and did an excellent job of shutting down the midfield with Stenhouse returning from injury and providing some inspiration.On the back of this result they move into fourth place and the game against Logan in two weeks looms as the biggest of the season.Lions were good of course, they always are, and it’s worth noting they are currently missing Shoheel Khan, Andrew Butler and, in particular, Michael Butters who is close to the best player in Brisbane at the moment. It seems strange to say considering their tremendous squad but they lacked a little depth today.It’s unlikely Easts can do enough from here to win the league and to do that would probably need a little bit more depth themselves but it opens up the title race for Peninsula and Mitchelton.There were plenty of people willing to tip the Tigers leading into this game because of their excellent record at the ground. For some reason they love playing at Richlands and it’s anyone’s guess why that this. One of the mysteries of football.Next weekend both teams head into vital contests which could have a huge bearing on each other’s season. Easts play at home against Peninsula Power on Saturday evening with a chance to flex their muscles and state their claim of being a genuine grand final contender.Lions head down to Cornubia Park for the re-match against Logan FC. Of course, they played only a few weeks back and it was a thrilling contest which ended in a 1-1 draw. There’s sure to be a big crowd in attendance.FB Media Players Of The Match: Matt BOYD/Michael RYAN (Eastern Suburbs). It’s impossible to separate Boyd and Ryan. Sometimes you think they may have been conjoined twins such is their understanding. This victory was defined by their determination not to let Lions get in behind them. Both players pulled off countless covering tackles which could easily have cost them victory with the slightest error.by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
The Trophy Superstore Premier League after Round 14 TEAMPWDLPTSLions FC13103033Mitchelton1484228Peninsula Power1384128Logan Lightning1466224Eastern Suburbs1471622Albany Creek1453618Wolves FC1451816Ipswich Knights1351716Rochedale Rovers1442814Capalaba1332811Taringa Rovers1425711UQ FC1422108
13.06.2015Albany Creek 0Capalaba 2 (Josh Sherwood 71' pen; Hirayama 74')HT 0-0Venue: Wolter ParkReferee: Paul Eldridge Assts.: David Porter / Anthony MortensenAlbany Creek: Sherwood (gk), Campbell, Fujimoto, Jackson, Karauchi, Mehnat-Gir, Millar, Morris, Radulovic, Sorbello, Thomson. Subs:Smith (rgk), Mikami, Pereira.Capalaba: MacDonald (gk), Basnett, Dunn, Fields, Hirayama, O'Brien, Sherwood Jake, Sherwood Josh, Thompson A., Thompson J., Leek. Subs: Quigley, Roper, Zerihun.Yuji Hirayama and Josh Sherwood combined to earn Capalaba a vital three points in their battle for survival, with a 2-0 success over a poor Albany Creek side at a damp, drizzly Wolter Park.Hirayama won a penalty 20 minutes from time, after being bundled over in the box when looking to run onto a cross. Josh Sherwood despatching the ball beyond Thomas Sherwood in the Creek goal.Josh Sherwood then repaid Hirayama just 3 minutes later when making a strong surging run to the edge of the 18 yard box before delivering a difficult cross that Hiriyama manoeuvred well to, getting a foot to the ball first and seeing his effort deflect beyond Sherwood to all but seal the points.The first half was simply one to forget. Both sides struggling to retain possession and neither creating much in the way of clear cut opportunities, with perhaps the light drizzle that fell for much of the opening period, preventing any fluid play.Nasser Mehnat-Gir going closest for the hosts on 28 minutes when managing to dig out a shot that went just wide. At the other end, Sam Basnett forced a comfortable but required save from Sherwood.The second half carried on in much the same way but with a couple of more notable chances early on. Creek had a great chance to open the scoring on 54 minutes. Cristian Sorbello missing a sitter after rounding an on-rushing Luke MacDonald from the Capalaba goal; running the ball a little wide but with an empty net at his mercy, he dragged his shot across goal and wide at the far post. It would prove to be a costly miss and after it, he was shifted into the back line with Sasa Radulovic pushing up into midfield.Creek stopper Thomas Sherwood was able to spare his blushes on the hour mark when spilling a Paul O'Brien long range effort before scrambling to smother the ball before any damage was done but the Bulldogs were getting a sniff for goal as they looked the more likely to score.Josh Sherwood reels away after opening the scoring from the spot.Thankfully, the game did eventually spring to life 20 minutes from the end. Hirayama, the most consistent throughout the game, was felled as he looked to get onto a cross played into towards the penalty spot that evaded the Creek defence. Josh Sherwood netting his 6th goal of the season from the resulting spot kick.The Bulldogs then doubled the lead just moments later. Josh Sherwood making a superb run from just inside the Creek half under pressure from his opponent, making tracks to the edge of the box before crossing a firm ball that Hirayama did well to time his run perfectly and get a foot to the ball first. His strike lopping off the defender and into the back of the net.Capalaba went close twice in the space of minute with less than 10 left on the clock.Josh Sherwood close to getting his second on the night with a stinging effort from the edge of the box that Thomas Sherwood tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner, the Creek number 1 again tipped over another fierce effort form Hirayama.Luke MacDonald, who'd had little to do on the day, was forced into a good save close to the end from Riley Campbell's effort from inside the box.It was a deserved win for the visitors who kept their discipline, thanks in part to some good refereeing from Paul Eldridge who kept a lid on things when they threatened to boil over.The Bulldogs always looked the more likely to score and enjoyed the better balance of play. Creek, without a handful of key personnel, offered very little.Capalaba will look to gain back to back wins next round when they host bottom side UQFC at The Kennel as they also strive to avoid the drop zone in the Trophy Superstore Championship. Albany Creek face a tougher assignment with a tricky away trip to unpredictable Ipswich Knights.Capalaba's Yuji Hirayama on the ball. FBMedia Player of the Match: #12 Yuji Hirayama - Capalaba.Won the penalty that set the Bulldogs on their way and snatched a goal for himself to seal things. Only player to really have performed the whole 90 mins with some decisive runs and sensible ball distribution. Photos and report by: Ian Judd - FB Media
12.06.2015 It’s time to focus on the Trophy Superstore Premier League once again with the run-in to silverware starting right here...Logan FC vs Ipswich Knights Friday 8:30pm Cornubia ParkLogan FC will still be on a big high after last weekend’s thrilling draw against Lions and they’ll be hoping for luck to fall their way a little more than it did. It’s unlikely they will play the same line-up and formation in this game because they will be looking to push forward a lot more. Logan’s poor mid-season form looks to be over and they will be right up for it. At home they should get plenty of support.Ipswich Knighta really have struggled with injuries lately, more than any other club probably, and it’s been a tough road to hoe for them. If they have their full team on the park they are a chance in this game but that’s unlikely. The big 6-0 loss against Redlands in the Westfield FFA Cup was not a good sign but it’s a bit misleading because they were much better in the first half than in the second.Ipswich will provide some resilience but unless Logan FC fall straight back into bad habits, this game is a bit of a foregone conclusion. Prediction: Logan 4-1Albany Creek vs Capalaba Saturday 3:45pm Wolter ParkAlbany Creek are on a bit of a roll at the moment, and they have been playing some impressive attacking football. It wouldn’t be fair to say they are the finished article yet but a win over Rochedale Rovers at Underwood Park must add to their confidence. To beat them at the moment, you have to play well and you have to defend well because they have a fine attack.Capalaba fell into the relegation zone in the Club Championship this week for the first time and it’s not a good sign because things are really haphazard at John Fredricks Park with Geoff Hurford taking on a tough role. Last time out they played Logan and got beaten 5-2 with Josh Harding getting sent off early. It’s hard to read much into that other than they aren’t playing well at the moment.This game could go either way, it’s not a cut and dried result, but ACE will be very disappointed if they don’t win. They could score plenty of goals. Prediction: ACE 3-1Mitchelton vs Wolves FC Saturday 6pm Teralba ParkSeven goals scored and six conceded in the last two games...if nothing else, Mitchelton are entertaining to watch. But of course, they are more than that and despite having a few players returning are still short of some quality players out injured. There’ll certainly be some spice in the game for Paul Mikula and Drew Jeskey, playing against the club where they were so successful for a long period.Credit has to, first up, go to Bobby Hamilton for pulling Wolves FC out of the deep hole they were in because they are much better already than they were and this week climbed out of relegation trouble in the Club Championship. The win over Taringa was vital because it was a yardstick for for them. They are a chance to win this game and would love to get one over their former coach.Wolves will be in this game but Mitchelton’s pace will be the defining factor if they play well. Goals in this one, definitely. Prediction: Mitchelton 3-1UQFC vs Taringa Rovers Saturday 6pm Oval 5aUQFC are doing much better in the lower grades than in the top flight yet are flirting with relegation trouble regardless but they will definitely be better in this game because it’s the derby and they’ll be looking for revenge. Rumours of new additions to the squad in the off-season means everyone will be playing for a contract from here on and that should also be a big motivator.Taringa have been up and down and they’ll be hurting from getting beaten by Wolves which might well sting them into action because when they play well they are good enough to win this game easily. Steven Chester is always the go-to player when they threaten and hopefully he will be included in the line-up. A win in this one would see them do the double over their local rivals which is something to brag about.It should be close but something tells me Taringa will just do enough to come away with a victory. Prediction: Taringa 1-0Eastern Suburbs vs Rochedale Rovers Saturday 7pm Heath ParkEasts played their best football of the season at Underwood Park in the first fixture game and they are close to getting back to that form. Very close. Last weekend’s game against MItchelton should be disregarded because it was a strange game where neither side were particularly good. They missed Matt Boyd a lot, and they’ll be missing Ryan Stenhouse for this game, but they are back in the top half. There are rumours that a witchdoctor put a curse on Underwood Park and it can only be lifted with the sacrifice of a chicken in the centre circle. Rochedale Rovers are the current basket case of the league and it’s impossible to figure them out. Last time they played, they went down 1-0 to Albany Creek and missed a penalty. It’s that kind of season for them. All bets are off and it’s impossible to back them.Easts will have revenge on their mind and last weekend’s result was just a hiccup, even if Rovers don’t shoot themselves in the foot. Prediction: Easts 2-0.Lions FC vs Peninsula Power Sunday 6pm Heath ParkLions have had a massive month of football and it’s been one helluva exhilarating ride. They are into the round of 32 in the Westfield FFA Cup and they aren’t doing too bad with injuries considering the depth of their squad. They are dominating statistics, scoring great goals and running on a huge high with the league just about sewn up already if they keep in the same form. But this is football, it can’t last forever.No-one has rated Peninsula Power all season and on paper the Westfield FFA Cup 3-0 loss to Lions a few weeks ago is not the best marker for the re-match. Even though it's an away game they should draw a lot of travelling support. The loss of Steven Cleary is not great news but there are better players still in the squad. The return of Shaun Feuerriegel is massive.UPSET OF THE WEEK! Peninsula are better than the pundits suggest and Lions are due to run out of gas. Prediction: Peninsula 3-1 by Phil Davis
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The 6 Up: Up against the 3rd of the O45’s teams in our comp, we were always a little weary as our only 2 losses have been to the other 2 O45’s Teams. Decimated by injury, Steve M (Div 3) strapped on the boots to help us out. We started off well putting away the 1st goal with a wonderful finish by Marcus on about the 10min mark. While we weren’t ‘on fire’, we were still creating opportunities however a defensive error saw Lions draw level. 5 mins later, another defensive error saw them hit the lead. As always, we didn’t drop our heads down and kept pushing and eventually Ian put away the equaliser before the HT break. The 2nd half seemed to meander along and despite the ‘relaxed’ style of play from the Team, ‘The Rock’ Dave (arguably MOM) put us ahead 3-2 with 25 to play. The Boys from the Lions went the niggle and sucked us in which saw the game continue to meander along with the verbal banter taking over from the awesome skill on show... <insert sarcasm>. Needing a ‘circuit breaker’ to spark us up, it came in the form of Kevan receiving his 2nd Blue and his marching orders with 15 mins to go. This saw us lift the level of play and we managed to easily hang on to take the 3 points, unlucky not to put another couple away. Kudo’s to their Keeper who had a pretty good game! While the game didn’t reach any great heights, it was ‘relaxed’ win doing just enough to bag the points. Our next gig is V Western Spirit away KO 7.00pm.
01.06.2015Another weekend of Trophy Superstore Premier League and nothing surprises me any more from a 4-4 draw between two excellent sides to one of the best goals of the season scored by a star from 2013 making his way back from injury.A winning substitution, an injury time equaliser, a red card in the fifth minute...And an awesome tackle from behind which could threaten the Bromance.Mitchelton vs Peninsula Power had draw written all over it leading into the match but no-one would have predicted a 4-4 scoreline.Michael McGowan, Paul Mikula and Jonathan Marraiya all scored twice for their respective sides but it was another goal which had the most impact and it came from Jared Austin in the 92nd minute.Shaun Feuerriegel also scored but was replaced with what is believed to be a hamstring injury. Not good news with the gigantic FFA Cup game against Lions coming up on Tuesday.Both teams would be disappointed with a point but for entertainment value, it couldn’t have been better.Wolves FC continued their climb up the ladder with a 3-2 win over UQFC at Carmichael Park, leaving them sitting in eighth place.Alistair Davis scored a quick fire double which was followed shortly after by another from Tae Sung Kim and in less than half an hour the game was all but over.Two second half goals from the Students made the game interesting but when they were reduced to ten players in the 68th minute the win was never in doubt.Rochedale Rovers put in a good first half performance in front of a big crowd at Underwood Park and went into the break 1-0 up over Lions FC.But it was all one way traffic in the second half with four goals scored by the away team including a goal of the year contender from Shoheel Khan who continues to improve with every game.A four point lead with a game in hand looks almost to be a title winner gap for Lions already whilst Rovers still struggle to find their real selves and sit in seventh place.At John Fredricks Park, Logan FC got back onto the winners list with an impressive 5-2 win over Capalaba continue to struggle.Miche’le Lipari firmed as favourite for the Golden Boot title with a hat trick for his team but it was the two silly red cards which attracted most attention.Firstly, Josh Harding was sent off in the fifth minute for saving a certain goal with his hand and secondly Richard Aoudia was dismissed deep into injury time. One incident almost certainly cost his team the match and the other guarantees suspension against Lions next Sunday.Ramone Close came off the bench in the 78th minute and immediately made an impact with two strikes which ultimately drove Eastern Suburbs to a 2-0 victory over Ipswich Knights.The Tigers were expected to edge the contest but it took a long time for the deadlock to be broken. That’s five wins in a row now, and five goals in three games for Close who struggled to find the target earlier in the season.Ipswich have dropped their bundle over the last month and they’ll need to improve or they may head into relegation trouble.Albany Creek will be kicking themselves for letting Taringa Rovers score a late equaliser for the second week in a row at Jack Speare Park.Cristian Sorbello scored for ACE at the end of an extended period of dangerous attack by his side but they weren’t able to hold out for the last half an hour and Lewis Teevan came off the bench to draw a huge cheer from the crowd at the clubhouse end with a smart finish.It was a lacklustre event for long periods of the game with Creek looking more likely to win but both teams struggled to create meaningful chances in front of goal. by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
The 6 Up: Up against a good team just behind us on the Ladder, this was always going to be a tough game with a host of players out. Starting with 1 & an ‘emergency’ on the Bench, Owen & Jules from the 3’s backed up to help and on the back of having played 3 games in 8 days inc the game before us. Stormers were a quick side and from the opening whistle, stormed around us while we tried to maintain composure and scrambled our way into the game. When we lost Michael B 5 mins ...into the game, we were really up against it with 3 of our regular defenders all missing. Their opening goal was well deserved and somewhat of a ‘wonder’ goal from outside the 18 yard box and into the top right hand corner for a 1-0 lead. The pressure continued and eventually they drew a 2nd from a lucky penalty where GK Phil was adjudged to have taken their player out in the box. Fair Free but occurred just outside the box… unlucky! We kept ourselves in the game until halftime and somewhat fortunate to be only 2-0 down at HT. We gathered the Boys around at the break and refocused our ability to start well and reinforced the fact we fight games out to the end. The 1st 15 mins in the 2nd was much better as we played ‘our’ game and regained balance if not a slight edge. A great free kick from just inside their half by Owen floated into the box and Ian imposed himself in the contest to put the keeper off enough to nudge a header past him for our 1st goal! Game on! The game remained a tussle with Phil keeping us in the game with some nice clean up work around goals. With 5 to go, our persistence was rewarded with Marcus putting away the equalizer and the status quo remained to the end with everyone out on their feet! The intestinal fortitude of this Team cannot be questioned and every player can be proud of their effort & the result – while a draw, it feels a like a win to me! Thanks Jules & O - you helped us compete to the end!! Next game is another D/header at Home with the 6’s at 6.45pm & the 3’s at 8.30pm (our turn to heckle haha!).
The 6 Up: Thrilla at Dittmar! The Boys fronted up at Mt G Hawks to a field that resembled a downhill slalom course, without the snow! Up against a Team that has conceded circa 40 goals to date, one could be mistaken for thinking this game was going to be a walk in the Park. 5 mins in and our defensive rock Dave remarked that these guys are no 'mugs', and he was on the money! While we weren’t at our technical best, the game was a tussle from the outset though we were slig...htly better in the 1st 20mins where we cracked them open twice in 5 to go 2-0 up, with good team goals to Yasu & Paul. They weren’t without their chances though and eventually pegged one back to head to the break at 2-1. A few of us were a little lost with the aesthetics of the pitch, but at least we had the downhill run in the 2nd half. Nothing changed to start the 2nd with chances from both sides going astray, with the more definitive chances being wasted by us, but we were scrambling well in defence as a Team, which kept us up with the edge mentally. Yasu after another strong run got taken down in the Box with the Ref having no hesitation pointing to the spot - T stepped up to take the Penalty & sent us up 3-1 midway through the half. Numerous breaks went begging with plenty of dodgy offside calls hauling us up when in the clear, but Reffing is a tough gig… The Hawks kept pushing too and eventually nailed a chance to claw one back with 10 to go and the game delicately balanced at 3-2. A somewhat lucky break down the middle and through the desperate attempt of Brad’s legs, and with the goal wide open and no-one to beat, Michael F sensationally swept across from the wing to clear the ball from their Strikers toes to keep us up – wonderful never say die effort Michael! With minutes to go, a dubious Hawks free kick was awarded on the left just outside the 18 yard box. The kick came in and even though it looked like it was going in the top r/h corner, was helped in on the line with a header to tie it up at 3-3. As has become a trademark with this team, fighting a game out to the final whistle, they didn’t disappoint! With what was to become the last play of the game, a ball came through and was allowed to run through to Brad who thumped the ball up the middle and over top of the midfield, some 10 metres into their half. Man of the Match Yasu pounced like a cat skinning a couple of desperate attempts to stop his advancing prowess and clinically finished it in the bottom l/h corner to sensationally pull the 3 points out of the fire! The whistle halting a stop to proceedings at the Kick off. It was a fantastic team effort to fight it out to the death & get the 3 points! Sometimes, you have to win ‘ugly’, and that’s what we did… but the effort and 'never say die' attitude cannot be faulted! Next game is a Home D/Header with the 3’s at 6.45pm and the 6’s at 8.30pm
22.05.2015We’re back to the start again as Round 12 marks the halfway point of the season (barring catch-up games of course.)It’s interesting to see how things have changed or stayed the same. Have some teams under-performed? Have some teams punched above their weight?It’s all just opinion but here’s how I think everyone is going so far (with a short match prediction at the end as usual. Peninsula Power vs Rochedale Rovers Saturday 5pm at AJ Kelly FieldPeninsula were predicted to struggle after losing a huge chunk of their squad as well as their coaches. There were suggestions that the appointment of Terry Kirkham was a step backwards. Nothing could be further from the truth. At the moment they are one of only two teams with a genuine chance at winning the league and they have a huge game against Lions in the FFA Cup. Over-achievers and proud of it.Club Golden Boot: 7-FEUERRIEGEL, 3-CLEARY, 2-HOLDEN, NAPPER, AUSTINLast season they were rubbish but with a worthy pre-season and a raft of great signings under their belt, things haven’t really gone Rochedale’s way. Yes, they are better than they were in 2014 but too many times they have been the architect of their own downfall. With the current squad they should be challenging for the premiership but instead they are in danger of missing the finals series. They need a big second round.Club Golden Boot: 3-BAIRD, 2-GRANT, SWEET, HOWELL, WILSONUPSET OF THE WEEK! Peninsula are second and Rovers are fifth so Power will be favourites but on paper there is very little between the two teams. At some stage Rochedale are going to play well. Prediction: Rovers 2-0UQFC vs Mitchelton Saturday 6pm at Oval 5a, St LuciaUQFC are, once again, bottom of the ladder and it’s not really too much of a surprise. They got their biggest result this year in pre-season when they managed a draw against Brisbane Strikers. It’s strange to say but they are probably performing better than expected. Generally they are competitive and with just a little improvement they could drag themselves away from the wooden spoon.Club Golden Boot: 3-HENNY, 2-UEDAIt’s a no-brainer really that Mitchelton are better than they were before the season started because they were promoted from Capital League One. Sam Saif was always going to make a difference but the question was, how much? For a while it looked they might challenge for the title and they came closer than anyone to beating Lions so they are doing just nicely. Next season could be even better.Club Golden Boot: 4-MEHMET, 3-McGOWAN, MIKULA, JANSENMitchelton are really struggling with injuries so they won’t be at their best, but they should have enough to beat the Students. Prediction: Mitchelton 2-1Eastern Suburbs vs Capalaba Saturday 7pm at Heath ParkSome punters were suggesting that Easts could end the season as Premiers but after a confident victory over Ipswich in the first game, everything went wrong. They are far and away the under achievers of the league and have only just started to get themselves back on track. The poor run early on has cost them dearly and only a great back end can see them possibly break into the top four.Club Golden Boot: 5-CLOSE, 3-BOYD, 2-HEATH, BURGESSCapalaba are also under-achievers so far. They weren’t fantastic in pre-season but there was a general feeling that they would get better with a bit of cohesiveness and game time. The first up 4-1 loss set the tone for them. Sometimes they have been good, but not good enough to knock over the better teams. Last week the narrow loss to Lions looks good on paper but they only had 32% possession which is terrible.Club Golden Boot: 4-JOSH SHERWOOD, 3-O’BRIEN, 2-HIRAYAMAA victory here would make it four in a row for the Tigers and they can officially put the nightmare behind them. Some new faces in the squad will help them on their way. Prediction: Easts 3-1Taringa Rovers vs Logan FC Saturday 7:15pm at Jack Speare ParkTaringa started the year having been promoted and with nothing to lose. With basically the same squad it wouldn’t have been a surprise if they had finished last. But they have been much better than that and they can count themselves unlucky not to have more points under their belt. But it’s a long season and they are going to need more victories is they are to avoid sliding further down the ladder.Club Golden Boot: 4-HAMID, 1-HARRIGAN, TEEVAN, CHESTER, SOMERVILLE, TULLYIt’s a strange time to be assessing Logan because they have had their worst period over the last week or so, but there is absolutely no doubt they are better than expected. For a long time it looked as if they would be neck and neck with Lions and their catch up game will define the season. They have played some of the best football of any team and, if nothing else, have come of age.Club Golden Boot: 9-LIPARI, 3-CEARNS, GREEN, 2- BENNING, KOSTOVSKILess than a fortnight ago these two sides drew 1-1 so it will definitely be tight. The loss of Stephen Green will be massive for Logan but they should still have enough talent to win this game. Prediction: Logan 3-2 Lions FC vs Ipswich Knights Sunday 4pm Lions StadiumEveryone was predicting Lions to be the best team in the competition and nothing has changed yet. Undefeated and in the box seat for silverware and a place in the round of 32, no-one really comes close to their dominance. The one drawback is their tendency not to put teams away quickly and they have relied on some late goals to get them out of jail. It’s hard though when teams are parking the bus but that’s what they have in front of them.Club Golden Boot: 9-AOCI, 5-JANOVSKY, 3-BONOTTO, CARLOSIpswich are the real head-scratching conundrum. They lost most of their best players and pulled in replacements from lesser clubs but are playing better than the previous squad. They are still in the FFA Cup with a handy draw against Redlands who haven’t been great and sit equal fifth on points. Something is going right at Eric Evans Oval and it all stems from a good sense of spirit throughout the club.Club Golden Boot: 3-PETER, WILSON, ISHIKURAWhen these two sides met recently it was all Lions and ended up 4-0. That was at Eric Evans Oval...at Richlands things will be much the same. Prediction: Lions 3-0Albany Creek vs Wolves Sunday 6pm Wolter Park Albany Creek were awful in pre-season, the worst team running around, but that certainly isn’t the case now. It took them a while to get going and they aren’t in the top half of the table but they are competitive and no-one underestimates them. Which luck on their side, they could easily have beaten some of the top sides and it seems likely that the second half of the season will be much more impressive.Club Golden Boot: 6-MILLAR, 5-SORBELLOWolves lost virtually their entire record breaking first team squad in the off-season and with no big names making the move to Carmichael Park things looked grim. And it hasn’t been all wine and roses but predictions of going through the season without a point were way wide of the mark. They are improving as demonstrated by their better performances coming more recently. How much they can improve is the burning question.Club Golden Boot: 5-DAVIS, 2-WATERS, GAFFNEYThis game, simply, will be decided by which team plays better on the day. Albany Creek possibly should be favourites but they’ll need to be wary of a Wolves side which has at least a couple of match winners. Prediction: 2-2 draw. by Phil Davis
18.05.2015Points table as at 18/5/15. *Points may not reflect matches that have been rescheduled for one or more teams from a Club in a given fixture round.As these matches are played, the points will be added to the table at the next weekly update. The points system explained: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and a loss is 0 points. Then....The Premier team result is multiplied by 5The Reserves team result is multiplied by 3The U18 team result is multiplied by 2The U16 team results is multiplied by 1The total for a club is the sum of those figures each round.Example:Club ‘A’ has all wins for a fixture round. Therefore they get 3 x 5 + 3 x 3 + 3 x 2 + 3 x 1 = 33 pointsClub ‘B’ has a win in the Premier team a loss in the Reserves and the U18s and a win in the U16s. Therefore they get 3 x 5 + 0 x 3 + 0 x 2 + 3 x 1 = 18 points By Ian Judd - FB Media
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18.05.2015Brisbane Knights 2 (Reid pen 69’, Gallichan 83’)Holland Park Hawks 2 (McNab 17’, Smith pen 21’) HT: 0-2 Played at: Brisbane Knights SCKnights: Bowden, Vrbesic, Hairsine, Bek, Harm, Garcia, McAndrew, Kljajic, Salazar. Subs: Son, Watson, Kim, Gibbins.Hawks: Radovanovic, McNab, Smith, Krkeljas, Pase, Stevens, Abbey, Le Petit, Baird, Aviles, Brattan, Proctor, Rasmussen, Waldron, Stout. Holland Park Hawks capitulated once again when they were up 2-0 but couldn’t stop a ten man Brisbane Knights team from earning a point in their Capital League One encounter on Sunday afternoon. Matt McNab scored the first goal in the 17th minute when he took possession of a great pass from Mark Rasmussen and hit the ball straight into the keeper but somehow it managed to find it’s way over the goal line. Four minutes later the lead was doubled when Daniel Abbey, freshly arrived from Eastern Suburbs, was tripped inside the area and Dan Smith calmly stroked home the resulting spot kick. Before the penalty was taken, Kres Bek was red carded for an off the ball incident in the resulting fracas. Last weekend, Knights had two players sent off and were still able to steal a draw from Moggill FC so there was precedent for an upset and it started to look a reality when they were awarded a penalty for an infringement near the goal line which Jay Reid converted. With ten minutes remaining, Ben Gallichan provided the second goal when he broke down the left, outstripped the defenders and place the ball inside the far post past the outrushing goalkeeper. Before the red card incident, the home side played the more impressive football and the 2-0 deficit came somewhat against the run of play. There weren’t many chances but they were more enthusiastic despite missing three first teamers from their squad. For the next hour, Holland Park held the upper hand with their numerical advantage and had the opportunity to put the game away with a penalty call which was waved away by the referee and an unbelievable miss by McNab when it was easier to score. But the Knights brought themselves back into the contest and it was no real surprise. The noisy crowd at Rocklea celebrated like it was a victory and deservedly so. Hawks have made a habit out of leading and being mowed down whilst Knights have a history of fighting back when all looks lost and today’s outcome almost had an air of inevitability about it. When the home team’s first goal went in, Hawks looked as if all the air had gone out of them. With better finishing, they would have won. Next weekend, both teams play on Saturday at 6pm. Knights will have at least two essential players back and should have no trouble disposing of Brisbane Force who are yet to even secure a point. Hawks travel to Grange Thistle. They beat them 3-1 a few weeks ago and will also be favourites for a victory. FBMedia Player Of The Match: Ben GALLICHAN (Brisbane Knights)Gallichan ran offside too many times but he was the most influential player on the field. His work rate in the central striking role was excellent and it helped his team when they were down to ten men. He scored a nice goal as well. by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
18.05.2015Woah We very nearly had an entire round of upsets. Nearly.I can’t remember a season with so many late goals in it.Ultimately however, things are looking very bright for the top two teams on the table.Friday:With six first-teamers missing from their line-up, Mitchelton went into their game against Albany Creek with a mountain to climb so they won’t be too disappointed with their 1-1 draw at Wolter Park.ACE will be cursing their run of luck however because it looked as if they would walk away with the points when Nasser Mehnat-Gir put them into the lead with his third goal of the season in the 72nd minute.But centre-back Paul Mikula continued his excellent scoring record in the 92nd minute with a strike from the edge of the six yard box. It’s the fourth goal Mitchelton have scored in time added on for injuries this year.Saturday:Ipswich Knights took all three points away at Rochedale Rovers in a controversial 3-2 win at Underwood Park. Emmanuel Peter opened the scoring in the 19th minute, a lead which remained until the fifth minute of the second half when Nick Wilson equalised for Rovers.Seiji Shizuno put Rochedale ahead with only three minutes remaining but with victory within touching distance Ipswich scored twice in injury time through Devon Munn and Adam O’Sullivan. Both goals were their first of the season and couldn’t have come at a better time.Red cards to Phil Davies and Taiga Ishikura will see them suspended but with all five goals being scored while the teams had even numbers on the field it probably didn’t affect the outcome as much as it could have.At Chris Green Park, Logan FC failed to get a victory for the third time in eight days when they were beaten 2-1 by Wolves FC.Peter Gaffney and Chang Shin Park were the scorers for Wolves whilst Miche’le Lipari added a penalty for the home side in the 80th minute.Logan now find themselves with a seven point gap from Lions and Peninsula which will definitely be unassailable if they don’t win their catch-up game against the top team.Of course, on the other side of the coin it’s a very encouraging result for Bobby Hamilton’s improving side. They were very close to their opponents in all the vital statistics of the contest.Sunday:At AJ Kelly Field, Peninsula were the first of the top two teams to get out of jail when they beat UQFC 2-1. Once again Shaun Feuerriegel was on target for Power alongside Brent Holden who also scored. A 1-0 lead after 57 minutes was quickly evened up only seven minutes later by the Students but almost inevitably Terry Kirkham’s side got away with a victory.It’s almost become a two horse race at the top already and the other contender, Lions FC, also pulled off a prison break when they came from behind to beat Capalaba 2-1 at Lions Stadium.Paul O’Brien put the Bulldogs up by a goal with a free kick in the 22nd minute and from then on Lions totally dominated possession. When Kado Aoci was knocked over inside the penalty area things changed dramatically.Shoheel Khan converted the penalty, O’Brien got sent off for a second yellow card and Andre Bonotto scored the winning goal, again from the spot in the second minute of injury time.Eastern Suburbs scored their third win in a row with a 4-3 victory over Taringa Rovers with defenders Michael Ryan and Matt Boyd contributing three goals between them.A 2-1 lead for Rovers was quickly brushed aside when the Tigers scored three times in eleven minutes and it turned out to be a winning lead despite Taringa making things interesting with a third goal in the 73rd minute. by Phil Davis (FBMedia)
17.05.2015Rochedale Rovers 2 (Wilson 50'; Shizuno 88')Ipswich Knights 3 (Peter 19'; Munn 90+1'; O'Sullivan 90+5')HT: 0-1 Played at: Underwood ParkReferee: Casey Reibelt Rochedale Rovers: Moore(gk), Baird, Davies, Grant, Howell, Jafari, Launchbury, MacNicol, McCaffrey, Shizuno, Wilson. Subs: Stathis(rgk), Sweet, Gore, Jakupovic.Ipswich Knights: Baker(gk), Bond, Hunt, Ishikura, Kakehi, Liddy, Munn, O'Brien, Peter, Robinson, Wilson. Subs: O'Sullivan, Barney, Drinkeld.An injury time double saw Knights snatch victory from Rochedale Rovers on a blustery and damp night at Underwood Park which also saw both sides finish the game with ten men. Devon Munn and substitute Adam O'Sullivan the heroes for the visitors as first Dunn, netting an equaliser in the first minute of injury time from a corner was followed up 4 minutes later with O'Sullivan guiding an athletic shot into the ground and past Nick Moore in the Rovers goal to spark celebrations on the Knights bench. Both side entered the game without their first choice goalkeepers with Mario Aparicio absent through work and Zane Freiberg missing with a back injury. Rovers were also without injured trio Scott Sargent, Chay Hews and Todd Gava. The tone was set in just the first minute when Refree Casey Reibelt waved away strong appeals for a penalty after Rochedale's Seiji Shizuno looked to have been brought down in the box after a surging run. A speculative long range lob from Mustafa Jafari nearly embarrassed Knights keeper Matt Baker who misjudged the flight of the ball and had to quickly back peddle to tip it over the bar. Jafari was again involved in another good Rovers attack when his slide rule pass was met by Shizuno who should have hit the target but instead fired narrowly wide of the upright. Knights recent new signing Patrick O'Brien on the ball.Rovers would then pay for the missed opportunities as Knights opened the scoring moments later. The recent arrival of Patrick O'Brien will be pivotal to Knights this season as the impressive play maker made a strong run to the box, shrugging off two Rovers defenders and setting up Emmanuel Peter who fired the ball home past Moore in the 19th minute. Rochedale's Mustafa Jafari attempts to beat the Knights defence.Rovers dominated the rest of the half but were guilty of wasting chance after chance with Jafari the main culprit. Even when it looked as though the number 9 would finally find the back of the net after breaking through to be one on one with Baker and slipping the ball under him, his goal bound effort was superbly cleared off the line by Munn to deny the hosts the leveller. The second half prompted a more determined Rovers response and just as Knights did against Peninsula Power last time out, they conceded shortly after the break. Nick Wilson latching onto the ball on the edge of the box and guiding a well placed shot beyond Baker to level the score on 49 minutes. Michael Baird was perhaps fortunate to see out the game when having already picked up a caution for a late tackle from behind on Lachlan Bond, he then seemed to produce a similar challenge on O'Brien just a few minutes later but escaped with just a free kick against his name. Soon after the game erupted close to the hour mark when Knights Taiga Ishikura and Rovers Phil Davies clashed near the Knights penalty area. A crowd of players came together as things threatened to boil over before Referee Reibelt was able to deal with the situation once things had calmed down. Strangely though, Reibelt first consulted with her assistant Isidro Terol Crespo who was furthest from the incident in the opposite half but which resulted in Ishikura picking up a yellow card along with Rochedale's Davies and Daryll Grant who was perhaps lucky to have escaped with just a yellow. Reibelt was then called over by her other assistant John Vasiliadis on the bench side of the field and who was closest to the melee. On his advice Davies was then shown a straight red for an apparent head butt. The game eventually got back on track as both sides went in search of a winner and Knights with a man advantage as they looked the more threatening. But their cause was then hampered with less than ten minutes remaining when Ishikura was shown a second yellow after attempting to deliberately trip Luke Howell when beaten to the ball. With little time left on the clock, Rovers took a vital lead. Shizuno was played the ball just inside the box and after his earlier miss, made no mistake this time, firing low into the bottom corner to give his side what many around the ground thought would have been the winner on 88 minutes and for Knights, another game with a thrown away lead. But Knights were to have the last laugh and they did it with Roaresque style. In the first minute of added time, Munn, who'd earlier produced heroics in denying Jafari on the goal line, rose high on 6 yards to head home from a corner and level it up for what looked like a valuable point. Rovers then capitulated as Knights again drove forward and with a scramble in the penalty area, the ball sat up nicely for O'Sullivan who did well to get his foot over the ball and guide it downwards and past the despairing Moore who despite getting a hand to the ball, was unable to keep it out as the whole Knights team reeled away in celebration as if they'd won a grand final. It was an amazing finale to an entertaining encounter but Rovers will rue the chances that went begging. whilst Knights will be buoyed by the win that sees them go level on points with Rochedale in 6th spot on the ladder. Next round, Rochedale face a tough away trip to coach Scott MacNicol's old club Peninsula Power whilst Knights take the short trip up the Ipswich Motorway for an even tougher task away to Lions FC. FBMedia Player of the Match: #12 Devon Munn - Ipswich Knights.A tough choice where several players stood out. Special mention to Seiji Shizuno and Nick Wilson who were perhaps Rovers best on the night and also to Patrick O'Brien, whom despite his small stature, is a tough player who was the central focus of Knights play. But our vote has to go to Munn who firstly did superbly to deny Mustafa Jafari in the first half, who stood tall at centre back for Knights and who then popped up in added time to level the game for his side when they looked down and out. FB Media Match Stats.Possession: 53% - 47%Corners: 9 - 4Shots on target: 3 - 5Shots off target: 7 - 1Off-sides: 1 - 1Yellow Cards: 4 - 2Red Cards: 1 - 1 Photos and report by: Ian Judd - FB Media
The 6 Up: Fronting up for our 3rd game in 8 days, the Boys were pumped after our solid win on Tuesday night, finally getting the goal scoring Monkey off our backs. With the pitch in great condition, we prepped ourselves for a good start against Clairvaux and a free kick in the 1st minutes of the game saw Dave atone for his Siberia kick earlier in the week to open the scoring. Not long after, and #2 hit the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. The Boys played some good footy and e...ventually #3 was on the board. We did however lose Michael B midway through the half to a Hammy and with circa 5 mins to go, Steamroller (Brad) did a calf (muscle injury that is)! While he played out the half, Vaux did manage to put one away just before halftime. 3-1, and somewhat entertaining with heckling from the 3's at the Bar. The 2nd half ko'd with Michael B attempting to fill in goals but within minutes realised he was well gone and was subbed for Michael F, who excelled in his fill in roll (love ya work MF - that spot you filled well seemed very popular with the Team ;0) )! With the Boys tiring through the 2nd half, everyone still played with plenty of effort and eventually #4 was on the board. With 10 mins to go, Coach C gave the team a bit of a rev to maintain the intensity and finish the game off as we would normally do and the Boys responded with 2 more goals to end the game 6-1! If not for their Keeper, who had a blinder, the score would have been much greater. On a sour note, we lost Joe Mac to a possible dislocated shoulder though. The 3-2-1 votes is going to be a task for the last 2 games as it was a great effort from the Team collectively! Goalscorers: David 2, Marcus 2, Yasu 1 & Jon 1. The Boys will have a well earned rest this week with a 'Maintenance' Training run on Tuesday night before taking on Mt Gravatt away at 8.30pm.
10.05.2015Ipswich Knights 1 (Wilson 27')Peninsula Power 2 (Napper 48'; M. McEvoy 77')HT: 1-0 Played at: Eric Evans OvalReferee: Rebecca Durcau Ipswich Knights: Freiberg(gk), Flick, Ishikura, Kakehi, Liddy, Munn, O'Brien, Peter, Robinson, Wilson. Subs: Baker(rgk), O'Sullivan, Hunt, Davis, Savini.Peninsula Power: Reesby(gk), Austin, Buhmann, Burns, Hall, McEvoy M, McEvoy T, McNeil, Napper, Roulston. Subs: Munks(rgk), Forsyth, Holden, Hornby, McMillan.Peninsula Power had to come from behind with a dominant second half performance to claim all three points over Ipswich Knights on a chilly Saturday night at Eric Evans Oval, courtesy of goals from Byron Napper and Michael McEvoy. In a closely fought opening period, the hosts opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Power were caught napping, allowing recent Westfield FFA Cup hero Lucas Wilson to slot the ball home from inside the box. Peninsula's Shaun Feuerriegel tumbles as Knights keeper Zane Freiberg challenges the Power forward.The goal sparked Power into life and just minutes later they were denied what appeared to be a certain penalty. Shaun Feuerriegel was put through and with just Zane Freiberg to beat, he slipped the ball past the Knights stopper before tumbling to the ground as Freiberg's momentum carried him through. It's possible there was minimal contact but Feuerriegel isn't the type of player to go down easily and his Power team mates were left incensed when their appeals were waved away. Freiberg was called upon again in a five minute spell that should have yielded an equaliser, gathering in Byron Napper's effort from outside the box as it weaved through a crowd of players. Feuerriegel went close shortly after with a header flashing narrowly over the bar. As the half drew to a close, Mitch Buhmann was denied by Freiberg who then did well to save from Feuerriegel's follow-up as it looked like it was going to be one of those days for the visitors. The second half saw a resurgent Power spring from the traps as they found the leveller within three minutes of the restart. Napper was afforded too much space and with a short run into the box, he drove the ball low across Freiberg into the bottom left corner. It was all Peninsula Power in the second half as they totally dominated possession and allowed Knights limited forays into their half. The visitors went close to taking the lead just before the hour mark. A corner was met by towering centre back Daryll Hall which caused panic in the Knights defence. The ball falling for fellow defender Michael McEvoy who's shot cannoned off the far upright to the hosts relief. Knights reliance on midfielder Taiga Ishikura was obvious as he was their only outlet during the second term and without question, there best player on the park. But despite his efforts, he was unable to create any clear cut openings for his side and it was inevitable that Power would eventually take the lead. Another corner causing Knights all kinds of problems led to them failing to clear and Michael McEvoy, who'd earlier been denied by the woodwork, made no mistake this time as he scrambled the ball home in the 77th minute to put Power in front. Freiberg was nearly left blushing minutes later when a speculative long range effort by Hall from the half way line, that disappeared into the night sky at one point, saw the Knights keeper fumble the ball before managing to recover and salvage it before any damage was done. The home side tried in vane to find an equaliser but quite simply they were second best and Power, who's coach Terry Kirkham was absent from the bench, returned to AJ Kelly Park as deserved winners and sitting level on points at the top of the table with Lions FC. Knights look a mid-table side and their strength is in their defending which barring set pieces, they managed to hold Power at bay. At the other end however, they're distinctly lacking. Striker Emmanuel Peter enjoyed a relatively good first half with good runs into dangerous areas. In the second half though he was a liability and when a couple of rare opportunities presented themselves, he consistently lost the ball. Next week, Knights head to Rochedale Rovers who sit one place above them on the ladder. Both sides will be keen for a win with the top five sides starting to open up a gap above them. Power face UQFC at AJ Kelly Park and anything but all three points would be a disappointment for Kirkham's side as they look to keep pace with Lions. FBMedia Player of the Match: #7 Byron Napper - Peninsula Power.Grabbed the equaliser for the visitors and was a consistent threat for the visitors. FB Media Match Stats.Corners: 2 - 7Off-sides: 4 - 3Yellow Cards: 2 - 3 Photos and report by: Ian Judd - FB Media
07.05.2015Lions FC 2 (Butters 49'; Moon (pen) 90+5')Albany Creek 0 HT 0-0 Venue: Lions StadiumReferee: Nathan Scott Lions FC: Zabaks (gk), Aoci, Bonotto, Butler, Butters, Janovsky, Khan, Mollee, Reardon, Sminc, Tobin. Subs: Murphy (rgk), Carlos, Moon, Mimaki, Schiavo.Albany Creek: Sherwood (gk), Campbell, Di Renzo, Edogun, Millar, Morris, Pereira, Radulovic, Sorbello, Thomson. Subs: Mehnat-Gir, Oryem, Donnelly-Fegan, Joseph, Royley (rgk).Lions FC pushed into the next round of the Westfield FFA Cup but not without some nervous moments when they beat Albany Creek 2-0 at Lions Stadium on Wednesday evening.Michael Butters celebrates his opener against Albany Creek.Alex Janovsky created the first goal with one of the best through passes you are ever likely to see and it was topped off by Michael Butters with a superbly accurate finish in off the near post.The second goal was a penalty won by Andrew Butler who showed a great turn of pace to beat Tom Sherwood to the ball and the unfortunate keeper brought him down. With Kado Aoci already substituted, Warren Moon stepped up to the spot and drilled a low shot home, wrapping up the victory for his team.With the prize of a spot in the round of 32 on the line, this year’s cup competition has been excellent and once again the two teams put on an committed display of football. Lions undoubtedly were the better side but the closer they came to scoring the more it brought ACE into the game. Two chances in particular exemplified the thrills and spills of the contest. Butler created one of them when he waltzed through the defence but could only drag the ball wide of the far post and the other was created by a great pass from Aoci but Shoheel Khan also spurned the opportunity, hitting the base of the post with the goal gaping. At 1-0, Moses Joseph was the player who sent shivers through the Lions bench with a couple of scintillating runs into the area but the home defence were able to get in some last ditch tackles which turned out to be crucial in the larger scheme of things.Cristian Sorbello for Albany Creek on a rare foray into Lions half.Apart from Joseph, Cameron Millar and Yasuyuki Fujimoto were influential but Sherwood in goal was best. His willingness to come quickly off his line snuffed out a lot of attacks including one particularly brilliant save at the feet of Janovsky.Lions are the current kings of the passing game and they showed it yet again with some intricate moves. When Butters overlaps they are intensely dangerous and with Aoci causing havoc with his determination up front they never give their opponents a moment’s peace.Sometimes a lack of atmosphere can detract from the brilliance of Lions but that didn’t happen tonight. The big crowd were heavily involved in the game and the tension was palpable at times. When the ball finally went over the line and into the net a massive cheer went up. It was a wonderful thing to behold and let’s hope it continues.This Saturday, Lions travel to Taringa and they will be favourites to win, as they are in pretty much every match this season. ACE make their way South to St Lucia to play against UQFC who had a good result last week against Lions but if they play as well as they have in the last two matches they should also be good value for a win.FBMedia Player of the Match: Alex JANOVSKY (Lions FC) Janovsky has the best touch in the league at the moment and he is dangerous every time he gets possession. His pass to open up the game with the first goal was sublime as well. Report by: Phil Davis - FB MediaPhotos by: Ian Judd - FB Media