By Merson Kean – Brisbane Correspondent
The Premier League threw up some great matchups in round three and here is our look back at proceedings.
Lions FC coach Warren Moon took his side to his former club Peninsula Power for a round three showdown at AJ Kelly Park in what was a great game of football which saw both sides take a share of the spoils.
After an even first half which saw the two sides go into the break scoreless, Lions came out of the blocks firing at the start of the second half as they took the lead immediately after the restart through former Power player Michael Butters who found himself with a clear cut opportunity where he stayed composed to slot it past Jake Reesby into the left hand corner. Peninsula Power didn’t throw in the towel and kept going at the Richlands side and when they won a 85th minute corner, Rinichi Mikami stepped up with a teasing cross which beat everyone including Phil Zabaks in between the sticks for Lions and levelled the scores at one to ensure both sides stayed unbeaten in the Premier League ladder.
The Premier League winners and leaders after round one, Wolves FC welcomed former coach Sam Saif’s new side in Mitchelton to Carmichael Park for a game the visitors were heavily favoured in.
Mitchelton started the game well and looked to get an early goal with a hatful of chances in the early stages but it took twenty minutes and Michael McGowan to convert for his new side from the spot, slotting the ball into the left hand side of the goal where Andrew Houghton had guessed right but was beaten to it.
Wolves were then behind the 8-ball but responded just three minutes later through Alistair Davis who jumped on a loose pass and levelled to bring his side back into the encounter and notch his second for the season.
The Mustangs went back in front just before the break when they counter attacked up the field, the ball was whipped across the box where Jay Mehmet was waiting to fire his side into a half time lead.
Mitchelton continued to dominate proceedings in the second half and despite being unable to convert some glorious chances they were rewarded in the 70th minute when Jay Mehmet doubled the Mustangs advantage. A chance to go further into the lead was missed when McGowan failed to convert a further penalty chance, the game ending 3-1 in the Mustangs favour.
Rochedale took to the Underwood Park pitch for the first time in league action this season when they hosted Eastern Suburbs on Saturday evening in what look to be a very close encounter on paper. When the game looked to be heading into half time all square, Michael Baird popped up with a 44th minute effort to give the Rovers a halftime lead. Easts threw the kitchen sink at Rovers in the second half, racking up a total of 16 shots during the affair but could not find the breakthrough and in the end the Rovers held out to grind out a very welcomed three points, their first of the new campaign.
Capalaba hosted Albany Creek on Sunday afternoon at John Fredericks Park in a game that only saw the one goal despite numerous efforts. The game started out scrappily but midway through the first half came the first talking point when Albany Creek won a penalty. The experienced and former Wolves midfielder Sasa Radulovic stepped up to take the spot kick but put his shot well wide of the post to let the Bulldogs off the hook.
Capalaba threatened throughout the first half and early stages of the second but could not find that final touch but in the 64th minute won a free kick around 22 yards out. Paul O’Brien let fly and the ball ended up in the left hand side of the net to the delight of the Capalaba crowd. Creek pushed in the latter stages as they looked for the equaliser but they just couldn’t find the net as the Bulldogs stood firm, a number of counter attacks for the Doggies came to waste in the last ten minutes who found Creek keeper Christian Smith in top form to deny Capalaba a second. The match ending Capalaba 1 v Albany Creek 0
Logan travelled over to Ipswich Knights for their round three clash and left Eric Evans Oval the happier after late drama saw the Lightning run out 3-2 winners.
Ipswich Knights gave the home crowd something to cheer when Taiga Ishikura put them into the lead in the 24th minute but just five minutes later Jaspal Benning levelled as both teams went into the break all square.
As the second half began it was firmly poised as both teams were locked at one a piece but just nine minutes after the restart Chris Butler put the Ipswich side back in the lead only to be pegged back for a second time when new signing from Park Ridge, Michael Adarkwah popped up in the 69th minute.
With the game heading for a draw, Petar Kostovski scored with the last kick of the game to collect three precious points for the Lightning to take their tally to six as they are the only side to hold a perfect record after round three.
Taringa welcomed back Premier League football to Jack Speare Park after a three year absence and who better to play than local rivals UQFC in what looked to be a ripper on paper.
Taringa started brightly and looked to be a threat going forward for large spells of the first half creating many chances but lacked the finishing touch. In the 39th minute prolific goalscorer Steven Chester opened his Premier League account for the season to give the Rovers a halftime lead.
The Rovers looked to be successful in holding out their lead but in the 84th minute the students surprisingly levelled to stun and silence Jack Speare Park. With the game heading into its final minute Jason Harrigan put home for the Rovers to send the fans into raptures and despite some late UQ pressure the Rovers avoided a scare and took their Premier League points tally to four after two fixtures.
RESULTS,SCORERS,STATS AND SQUADS
Peninsula Power 1-1 Lions FC Scorers: Power – Mikami 85 Lions – Butters 46
Peninsula-Reesby, Buhmann, McNeil, Brown, Holden, M.Mcevoy, Kirala, Austin, Mikami, Cleary, Roulston, Forsyth, Swain, T.Mcevoy, Burns, Napper
Lions-Zabaks, Murphy, Mollee, Simic, Tobin, Kenyon, Butler, Carlos, Aoci, Janovsky, Reardon, Love, Butters, Moon, Bonotto, Mimaki
Shots on Target-5-7
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Rochedale 1-0 Easts Scorers: Rochedale – Baird 44
Rochedale- Aparicio, Launchbury, Gava, Howell, Sweet, Hews, Wilson, Karauchi, Baird, Shizuno, Mccaffrey, Grant, Davies
Easts-Carroll, Lancaster, Grogan, Abbey, Mcmullen, Ryan, Stenhouse, Heath, Shorter, Kai, Mcilwain, Edwards, Robinson, Close, Mulder, Amano
Shots on Target-6-11
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Taringa 2-1 UQFC Scorers: Taringa – Chester 39, Harrigan 88 UQFC – unavailable
Taringa-Blaikie, Ellis, Simons, Tully, Spall, Devereaux, Braybrook, Harrigan, Teevan, Mcgill, Chester, Vohland, Somerville, Robson, Hamid
UQFC-Eccles, Woldu, Nitschke, Watts, Henny, Samuels, Korczyk, Griffin, Mann, Basnett, Barr, Winter, Long, Narita, Hirano
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Wolves 1-3 Mitchelton Scorers: Wolves – Davis 24 Mitchelton – McGowan 20 (PENALTY), Mehmet 45, 70
Wolves – Houghton, Ryu, Waters, Mijok, Black, Davis, Ismailov, Houston, Innes, Williams, Lian, Abbassi, Gaffney, Scott, Vasiliou
Mitchelton – Lumley, Stubbins, Mikula, Shepherd, Bernardi, Foster, Lawson, De Waal-Hart, Jeskey, Mcgowan, Mehmet, Noon, Figura, Jansen, Sadik
Shots on Target-3-12
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Capalaba 1-0 Albany Creek Scorer – Capalaba – O’Brien 64
Shots on Target-11-4
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Capalaba-Burrowes, O’Brien, Mojica, Roper, Harding, Crilly, Watson, Faichnie, Ueda, Hirayama, Thompson, Jake Sherwood, Josh Sherwood, Warden, Dunn
ACE- Smith, Gifford,Di Renzo, Edogun, Silver, Sorbello, Oryem, Radulovic, Campbell, Morris, Thomson, Millar, Mehnat-Gir, Reynolds, Sauer, Fujimoto
Ipswich Knights 2-3 Logan Lightning Scorers: Ipswich – Ishikura 24, Butler 54 Logan – Benning 29, Adarkwah 67, Kostovski 90+4
Ipswich-Freiberg, Mizushima, Liddy, Robinson, Wilson, Flick, Bond, Brown, O’Sullivan, Peter, Griffiths, Drinkeld, Butler, Ishikura, Giallourakis
Logan-Stout, Saint, Kemel, Green, Oakshott, Peacock, Adarkwah, Hewitson, Benning, Rudken, Brown, Kostovski, Kristock, Magee, Aoudia, Lipari
Shots on Target-4-4
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Peninsula Power 1-2 Lions
Wolves FC 1-2 Mitchelton
Rochedale 0-3 Easts
Ipswich 1-3 Logan
Capalaba 5-0 Albany Creek
Taringa 4-4 UQFC