TROPHY SUPERSTORE PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND 5 WRAP

By Merson Kean – Brisbane Correspondent

Rain played havoc over the weekend with only three of the six scheduled Premier League fixtures going ahead.

There was late drama at John Fredericks Park as Mitchelton came away 3-2 to winners over Capalaba. After an end-to-end first seventeen minutes, Mitchie grabbed the first goal of the affair when Harry Noon put home. Mitchelton started to get on top and doubled their lead on the half an hour mark when Jay Mehmet scored his fourth goal in four league games but the Bulldogs responded immediately with the Mustangs conceding an own goal, providing hope for the home side going into the second half.

Capalaba threw the kitchen sink at the visitors and continued to create some dangerous opportunities but their persistence paid off in the 69th minute when Japanese striker Yuji Hirayama netted to the delight of the home crowd. Chasing the full three points, both teams contributed to a gripping final twenty with late drama was to follow as the visitors won a 92nd minute spot kick. Jake Sherwood was yellow carded for the foul on Jay Mehmet, which was his second of the night and Capalaba were down to ten men. Mehmet stepped up to take the pen but to the loud cheers of the Bulldogs crowd it was saved by Jono Burrowes.

Mitchelton didn’t let the penalty miss deter them and Paul Swithenbank’s cross was only parried by Burrowes right into the path of Seb Jansen who put home to give the Mustangs all three points in dramatic fashion.

Peninsula won the arm wrestle out at AJ Kelly Park by just the lone goal and what a screamer of a match it was too. After an even first half, it looked like who ever scored that all-important first goal would clinch the affair. In the 55th minute Sean Feuerriegel was brought down on the edge of the box and he stepped up to take the resulting free kick and fired an absolute rocket into the top right corner past Tom Carroll to send the AJ Kelly crowd into raptures.

Easts pressed to get back in the game but it wasn’t to be their night as in the 93rd minute, the ball was whipped in the box as it was squared across into Ramone Close who tapped home but Referee Avi Cohen spotted a high foot and the goal was ruled out. Power came away with all three points to top the table after round five.

Ipswich Knights put on a cracking first half performance that saw them race into a 3-0 halftime lead. The Knights got on the scoresheet in the fourth minute when the ball was threaded through to Lucas Wilson who finished into the right hand corner past Samuel Long. Ipswich didn’t sit back on their lead with Taiga Ishikura making a handful of himself and after UQ couldn’t clear their lines the Japanese midfielder finished to put the Knights two up. UQ didn’t create anything in the first half and were made to pay when Ishikura was left in space, took a few touches and set himself up for a corker of a shot that curled past Long into the top right corner.

After receiving a probably rocket from coach Brian Hastings, UQFC came all out in the second half to get back into the game and when a back pass was too short for keeper Zak Freiberg, San Henny raced in took it around the keeper and smashed into the open net to give the students a glimmer of hope. With the game heading into the final twenty, UQ had to do something and when a teasing cross was put into the box the Knights couldn’t clear but Ashvin Tharumanathan couldn’t capitalise and put it just inches wide of the post. The Knights held on claimed their first three much needed points of the campaign.

RESULTS, SCORERS AND SQUADS

Capalaba 2-3 Mitchelton Scorers: Capalaba – Own Goal 32, Hirayama 68 Mitchelton – Noon 17, Mehmet 31, Jansen 90+3

Capalaba – Burrowes, Hirayama, Jake Sherwood, Josh Sherwood, Roper, Thompson, Harding, Dunn, Mojica, Jankovic, O’Brien, Denniss, Hurford, Watson, Faichnie

Mitchelton – Lumley, Mehmet, Noon, Jansen, Sadik, Mikula, Shepherd, Lawson, Swithenbank, Wilson, Jeskey, McGowan, Figura

RED CARD – CAPALABA – Jake Sherwood

STATS

Possession-51%-49%

Shots On Target-10-10

Shots Off Target-10-6

Corners-2-8

Yellows-2-3

Reds-1-0

Ipswich Knights 3-1 UQFC. Scorers: Ipswich – Ishikura 3, 33, Wilson 10 UQFC – Henny 51

Ipswich – Freiberg, Ishikura, Wilson, Hunt, Grant, Liddy, Robinson, Flick, Bond, Brown, O’Sullivan, Munn, Peter, Drinkeld, Butler

UQFC – Long, Woldu, Watts, Henny, Samuels, Korczyk, Mann, Eccles, Tharumanathan, Ogata, Barr, Winter, Lowe, Garcia, Narita, Hirano

STATS

Possession-48%-52%

Shots On Target-7-4

Shots Off Target-7-5

Corners-0-6

Yellows-2-2

Reds-0-0

Peninsula Power 1-0 Easts Scorers: Power – Feuerriegel 55

Power – Reesby, Holden, Feuerriegel, T.Mcevoy, Buhmann, Mcneil, M.Mcevoy, Kirala, Dimovski, Austin, Cleary, Roulston, Forsyth, Swain, Burns, Napper

Easts – Carroll, Boyd, Lancaster, Grogan, Abbey, McMullen, Ryan, Stenhouse, Heath, Shorter, Mcilwain, Edwards, Close, Burgess, Mulder, Amano

STATS

Possession – 51%-49%

Shots On Target-13-3

Shots Off Target-8-6

Corners-10-1

Yellows-2-2

Reds-0-0

Taringa P-P Wolves FC

Rochedale P-P Albany Creek

Lions FC P-P Logan Lightning

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RESERVES

Peninsula Power 0-2 Easts

Ipswich Knights – UQFC Score unavailable at time of publication.

Capalaba 2-2 Mitchelton

Taringa P-P Wolves FC

Rochedale P-P Albany Creek

Lions FC P-P Logan Lightning

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