NPL QUEENSLAND TEAM OF THE WEEK – ROUND 3

Players from seven of the ten clubs in action during round three feature in our NPL Queensland team of the week.

Goalkeeper: Bon Scott (Western Pride)

Pulled off some magnificent and crucial saves to deny the Strikers from getting a result earlier in the match. The former Brisbane City and Brisbane Roar youth product seems to be relishing the opportunity of being a number one keeper at the senior level.

Right back: Matt Zappone (Moreton Bay)

Looks like he is flourishing in his role at the re-modelled Jets. Not only is he an integral part of the defensive effort but has also been given a commission to roam into the attacking half of the field, overlapping as a right winger.

Centre back: Jacob Mitchell (Moreton Bay)

His coach Adam Piddock was glowing in his praises of Mitchell’s effort against the Fire. Was able to adjust to the long-ball style of the Fire and was a crucial part of assisting the Jets in achieving a clean sheet for the first time this season.

Centre back: Kai Halliday (Redlands)

Has had a wonderful opening to 2015 and looks like developing into a steadying influence in the Redlands backline. Unluckily was involved in conceding the goal that Olympic scored but his efforts in the opening two rounds have been solid.

Left back: Kazuya Ito (Olympic)

An absolute workhorse for his side who very rarely puts in a poor effort. Versatile in that he can also play a role further up the park. Battled hard for his side, drifting into midfield to give his side a forward push in creating the many opportunities that they had in the first half.

Attacking midfielder: Michael Lee (Olympic)

This was always going to be a match that Lee would be pumped up for against his former side. Seemed to be everywhere on the park, particularly in the first half where he scored Olympic’s lone goal of the night.

Centre midfielder: Justyn McKay (Palm Beach)

Always reliable and always consistent, McKay once again was the guiding hand of his side playing a captain’s knock. Converted from the penalty spot and was continually driving his side forward as the link into the forward third.

Attacking midfielder: Young Jae-Joo (Brisbane City)

A shining light out of what was an otherwise lacklustre affair at Corporate Travel Management Stadium, always tried hard for his side and delivered the assist for his side’s only goal of the night.

Forward: Trent Clulow (Brisbane Strikers)

It looked like a tough opening to the season for the highly regarded former Brisbane Premier League player as he adjusted to his new surroundings but finally the shackles seemed to lift and he started to find his place on Saturday night. Scored the Strikers opening goal and had plenty of attacking forays. The efforts of Bon Scott denied him an even bigger return on the night.

Striker: Charles Mendy (Moreton Bay)

Once again tore shreds off his opponents, running swathes through the Fire defence in what seemed like endless raids on goal. Scored a double himself, figured in at least another two with his creative assists and if these type of efforts continue, he’ll be up there in both the player of the season and Golden Boot standings over the season.

Forward: Daniel Clark (Moreton Bay)

With a 7-0 win, it’s only fair that so many Jets players should figure in this week’s side. Clark was Mendy’s partner in crime, also scoring a double and involved himself in plenty of other Jets opportunities. Mention also to Jordan Farina who was perhaps a little unlucky not to make this week’s team as he also bagged a double.

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