By Merson Kean – Brisbane Correspondent
Cup upsets were a familiar sight as we cast our eyes over the first half of the FFA Cup Brisbane zone Round 3 qualifying that took place this midweek.
Capital Three outfit Virginia, fresh off the back of a 2-1 league home win over Kangaroo Point at the weekend, headed to Capalaba for a clash with the Bulldogs and caused an unforgettable upset at John Fredericks Park. The game looked to be going to plan when Josh Sherwood opened the scoring on ten minutes to give the Bulldogs the lead but Virginia came storming back when Darren Maxwell levelled in the 14th minute then Sheik Azim put the lower tier side ahead of their more fancied opponents just three minutes later.
As per the typical Bulldogs fighting spirit, Luke Watson responded in the 21st to tie it up at two-all. With the game going into the halftime interval, Virginia won a penalty and Darren Maxwell kept his cool to send his side into a 3-2 surprise lead at halftime.
Virginia weren’t finished and added a fourth when Maxwell slotted another one away to claim his hat trick, the Bulldogs could not make any in-roads and were dumped out at the first hurdle.
Carmichael Park was the setting for Pine Hills third round affair with Wolves FC and what a tie it turned out to be for the Pythons as they defied all odds to clinch a round four berth. Hills grabbed the lead in the 11th minute and never looked back despite an onslaught from their Premier League opponents in the second half. However, the Hills keeper could not be beaten and despite playing the last half hour with ten men, the Pythons held firm and are in the hat for round four.
Brisbane Knights were the visitors to Jack Speare on Tuesday evening in what looked to be a tricky task for the newly promoted Taringa. The Rovers took it in their stride and booked their place in round four. Taringa opened the scoring in the fourth minute from prolific goalscorer Steven Chester with a sublime volley from inside the box and in the 29th minute doubled his tally for the night when he broke through rounded the goalkeeper cut back in and finished in the bottom right hand corner passed the two Knights defenders on the line.
Despite being 2-0 down, the Knights pegged one back when a loose pass allowed Jay Reid to put the ball past Douglas Blaikie into the Taringa net to send them into oranges at 2-1. Knights came out in the second half looking for an equaliser but were picked off on the counter and Chester got to the byline laid the ball off to Somerville who calmly finished to give the Rovers some breathing space. The Capital League One outfit weren’t finished though and a ball was played through to Ben Gallichan who lobbed Blaikie to bring the score to within one. That spurred Rovers into immediate action, from the restart, they went straight down the right hand flank where a shot was deflected in and the game finished in a 4-2 win for Taringa who will go into the derby against Uni on the weekend high on confidence.
Albany Creek escaped a first half scare when they made the long journey South to Jimboomba after Joshua Baskett converted a 43rd minute penalty and Jimboomba had a 1-0 lead at the break. Creek were still trailing up until the 66th minute when Darren Thomson scored to level proceedings before adding a second just three minutes later. Jimboomba fell apart in the final stages conceding three late goals to go down 5-1, the scorers being Matthew Sauer, Nasser Mehnat-Gir and Darren Thomson rounding out his hat trick for the night.
North Star were 3-1 winners over Slacks Creek on Tuesday, Star grabbed the lead through Saturday’s Premier League scorer Jordan Maxwell and doubled their lead just after the restart when Matthew Head got on the sheet. Soon after, Ashley Shore added a third. Slacks Creek missed a penalty in the 81st minute but did get a consolation in the 88th but was too little too late.
Eastern Suburbs rounded out a 3-0 win when they travelled to Oval 5a at the UQFC campus, the goals coming from Daniel Abbey,Ramone Close and Ryan Stenhouse.
Southside Eagles progressed in their encounter when they hosted Newmarket, convincingly seeing off the side from McCook Park 3-0 to book their place in round four.
Centenary Stormers came from behind to demolish Capital Four outfit Mooroondu, scoring three second half goals to come away 4-1 winners as they look to follow up on last year’s Cup dramatics.
The Gap and Annerley went head to head at Walton Bridge Reserve and what an arm wrestle it proved to be. The Gap found themselves a goal down when Marco Tuoller opened the scoring for the visitors but The Gators responded in the second half through James Nilsen. As the game looked to be heading for the dreaded spot kicks, Kevin Howe popped up to send The Gators into round four with a 114th minute effort and a 2-1 victory.
Bayside travelled to Grovely for a clash with Westside on Wednesday evening and got the job done in style, winning convincingly 4-1. Thomas Kedda and new signing Joshua Peacock with a brace each to send the Lota based side into round four.
Results (with scorers where known):
Wolves FC 0-1 Pine Hills
Wolves-Houghton, Gaffney, Waters, Scott, Ryu, Mijok, Black, Davis, Ismailov, Houston, Innes, Williams, Lian, Abbassi
Shots on Target-4-3
Shots off Target-6-1
Jimboomba 1-5 Albany Creek Jimboomba – Baskett 43 (PEN) ACE – Thomson 66,69,85, Sauer 79, Nasser Mehnat-Gir 87
Jimboomba-Ward, Stewart, Van Der Klauw, Robinson, Swatton, Pearce, Holledge, Hucker, Wilson, Baskett, Schofield, Taylor, Leck, Dwyer, Holding, Barrett
ACE- Smith, Thomson,Mehnat-Gir, Sauer, Silver, Sorbello, Oryem, Campbell, Morris, Tutu, Millar, Reynolds, Di Renzo, Fujimoto
Shots on Target-3-10
Shots off Target-1-13
North Star 3-1 Slacks Creek North Star-Maxwell 23, Head 47, Shore 51
North Star – Sherwood, Maxwell, Shore, Head, Wilson, Yule, Brunet, Aldred, Brooks, Turner, Flynn, Grainger, Thompson, Kurotaki, Crawford
Slacks Creek-Ford, Mutaka, Mahoney, Mcmanagan, Oates, Schleeman, Mcgahan, Mcqueen, Broadrick, Tincknell, Hughes, Whyte, Ives, Cullen, Brady, Palmer
Shots on Target-11-4
Shots off Target-7-5
Taringa 4-2 Brisbane Knights Taringa – Chester 4, 29, Somerville 67, OG 74 Knights-Reid,Gallichan
Shots On Target-13-7
Shots Off Target-5-8
Taringa- Blaikie, Chester, Somerville, Tully, Spall, Devereaux, Braybrook, Harrigan, Teevan, Mcgill, Alan Roome, Vohland, Robson, Hamid, Ellis, Simons
Brisbane Knights- Watson, Reid, Gallichan, Brown, Fernandez, Mears, Gibbins, Perez-Vargas, Bowden, Mcandrew, Rees, Raffaele, Kljajic, Morrall, Gilmour, Vrbesic
The Gap 2-1 Annerley (AET) The Gap – Nilsen 50,Howe 114 Annerley – Toeller 35
Annerley- Sutherland, Toeller, Messer, Mengotti, Savage, J.O’Brien, Valenti, Klaassen, Linsley, Booth-Mowat, Magarry, Corcoran, Garcia, Clarke, D.O’Brian, Maclennan
Capalaba 2-4 Virginia United Capalaba-Josh Sherwood 10, Watson 21 Virginia-Maxwell 14, 45 (PEN), 59 Azim 17
Capalaba – Burrowes, Watson, Josh Sherwood, Thompson, Wemyss, Dunn, Faichnie, O’Brien, Hirayama, Jake Sherwood, Ueda, Warden, Roper, Mojica, Crilly
Virginia- Castillo-Castro, Galdun, Brand, Maxwell, Azim, Gourlay, Passaris, Benard, Geddes, Dudurovic, Riggall, Claydon, Martin, Leny, Nicolaidis
Westside 1-4 Bayside Westside – Wright 86 Bayside – Peacock 7, 85, Kedda 24,44(PEN)
Westside- Drew, Wright, Hunter, Khoury, Wilson, Cunz, Bromley, Sturley, Smith, Dodd, M.Anson, B.Anson, Renda, Crozier, Robinson
Shots on Target-5-12
Shots off Target-7-9
Centenary Stormers 4-1 Mooroondu
Stormers-Rathbone, Kleibo, Burstow, Schofield, Head, Nystrom, F.Mehinagic, Kilkeary, Brant, Pizzatti, Schofield, Le, Taylor, Pope, Gilbert, D.Mehinagic
Southside Eagles 3-0 Newmarket
Southside-Tubbs, Roulston, Shepley, Schafer, Dunleavy, Cahut, Mccoy, Patten, Maclot, Taylor, Hunter, Burley, Gordon, Burke, Falco
Newmarket-Attard, Wivell, Mooney, Renderos, Rohdmann, Yunis, Milliner, Beakhurst, Strauss, Siebenhausen, Horbury-Wood-Chapman, Galloway, Philp, Martin, Bowen
UQFC 0-3 Easts Easts-Abbey 5, Close 48, Stenhouse 59
Easts-Carroll, Abbey, Boyd, McMullen, Ryan, Stenhouse, Heath, Shorter, Kai, Mcilwain, Edwards, Robinson, Close, Lancaster, Burgess, Mulder
Shots on Target-3-7
Shots off Target-4-5
Next week fixtures
Samford v Pine Rivers
Brighton Bulldogs v Bardon Latrobe
North Pine v Park Ridge
Moggill v Logan
Brisbane Force v Peninsula Power
Grange Thistle v Rochedale
Mitchelton v Souths
Mount Gravatt v New Farm
Redcliffe PCYC v Ipswich Knights
Holland Park Hawks v Lions FC