Five lessons from round 3 of the NPL Queensland

  1. The Grand Old Lady can still produce a game and a half!

Perry Park, the spiritual home of Queensland football, has seen some legendary matches in its history and that legacy has continued in recent weeks.

After the round one match where the Strikers looked home and hosed with a late winner before Redlands claimed a point in stoppage time, cue the Strikers to perform their own miracle against Western Pride, scoring two late in the match and taking the lead for the first time in the match in the 93rd minute.

Heart rate monitors on hand at Perry Park please.

P.S. Steve Pitman from Strikers media wins ‘Headline of the Round’ with this effort: ‘Hills Hoists Strikers With Late Thunderbolt’. Wonder how long he’s had that in the bank for.

  1. You’ve got to play out the full 90

The youngsters from the Western Pride will take a big lesson out of that match against the Strikers. Being so close to claiming history with would have been the first time the club scored three consecutive wins will hurt but it’s a lesson well worth learning.

Another stern test this week and they’ll need to be on their ties again if they hit a similar circumstance against last year’s champions, Palm Beach.

  1. Olympic need to find their clinicality in front of goal

Olympic had twenty-two shots to eight for the entire match over their opponents Redlands and bossed the first half but couldn’t convert that into goals on the scoreboard.

We’re so used to Olympic converting more than their fair percentage of opportunities, it will be interesting to see if they can improve upon the four goals scored in their opening three matches

  1. No Brownlie, no problem

Touched on this one last week but the lesson was confirmed over the weekend with Royce Brownlie missing the Moreton Bay v Sunshine Coast match through injury.

That allowed Charles Mendy to take Brownlie’s role in the middle of the attacking line and the Frenchman finally opened his 2015 scoring tally with a brace. But the firepower doesn’t end there with Jordan Farina and Daniel Clark scoring two goals each, both now the Jets’ equal leading scorers on three. Thirteen goals for the Jets in their opening three matches with seven different goalscorers showing why they have the rest of the competition keeping a close eye on them.

  1. Fury will scrap to the end

What else would you expect when you’ve got Fergie in charge of your side. The Fury fought to the bitter end against the Pride the week prior and kept things interesting at Palm Beach on Sunday afternoon until the end of 90 minutes but couldn’t quite claim a point against the defending champions.

This weekend presents another opportunity to break their duck in the south-east corner in 2015 where they will fancy their chances against a vulnerable Redlands.

This weekend’s live coverage:

Saturday 6pm – Brisbane City v FNQ Heat – Football Queensland live stream.

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