Brisbane Trophy Superstore Premier League Round 8 Wrap

Round eight in the Trophy Superstore served up one of the games of the season, an astonishing volley and for the second week running all twelve sides scoring.

Mitchelton and Lions went toe to toe at Terralba Park in one of the season’s most anticipated encounters of the season and it lived up to be an absolute cracker. Both teams had spells in the first period but it fizzled out into a stalemate at the break. Despite a poor first half, it was Mitchelton who found the opener when a corner was whipped in with Jay Mehmet getting a head on it and it ended up in the back of the net.

Lions gave it their all to get back in the affair and Nathan Reardon rose high to head over Lumley in goals for Mitchelton to level proceedings at one. Mitchelton were intent on getting the victory and won a penalty after a foul in the box that Paul Mikula calmly stepped up and scored. The Mustangs were looking like being the first side to beat Lions this campaign as time added on loomed but substitute and player/coach Warren Moon flicked a delicious ball into Kado Aoci who headed home to give Lions a share of the spoils but slip to second on the table.

Rochedale Rovers emerged 2-1 victors over Wolves FC at Carmichael Park on Saturday afternoon in the early game to move up to sixth. Rovers came out of the blocks firing and after a few early chances went begging, Grant Sweet scrambled home from a corner to open the scoring in the 24th minute ensuring his side went in at the break one up. Wolves started the second half brightly and threw the kitchen sink at their opponents but every question they asked keeper Mario Aparicio and Rovers had the answer.

Wolves were reduced to ten men when a commotion happened in the box and goalkeeper Andy Houghton was sent off, the hosts had to play the final half hour with ten. Rochedale were starting to get back into their groove and as they pushed to get the game closed out they won a corner and as it was played in Daryll Grant picked it out of the sky with a sublime volley into the top left hand corner. Wolves continued to attack and they got their reward when Alistair Davis found the net from close range but it wasn’t enough and Rovers hung on for all three points.

Peninsula Power travelled to John Fredericks Park on Saturday evening and came away worthy winners beating an inform Capalaba outfit. Power got out of the blocks quickly racing into a two-goal lead with Shaun Feuerriegel scoring a brace to give the Kippa-Ring side some breathing space.

With the Power leading by two at the break, the Bulldogs had to do something to claw it back and Griffin Mansfield-Taylor got his name on the scoresheet as he found the back of the net in the 51st minute but Power were persistent and were rewarded for it as Steven Cleary added another just six minutes later. The Bulldogs couldn’t seem to recover and in the end slumped to their fourth defeat in seven. As for Power they move up to third.

Taringa and Ipswich took a point each from their encounter at Jack Speare Park on Saturday having to settle for a one all draw. Ipswich got that all-important lead after 20 minutes when Ben Giverin put home for the visitors. Taringa battled well to get back into the game and got the breakthrough one minute before the break as Lewis Teevan found the net to level it up going into the break.

Ipswich were reduced to ten men with twenty left on the clock when influential Japanese midfielder Taiga Ishikura was giving his marching orders. Despite Rovers having the man advantage for the final minutes of the encounter they couldn’t make it pay and had to settle for a point.

UQ and Easts played out an epic at Oval 5A in a game where both sides were looking to escape the bottom two spots on the ladder. Easts came out all guns blazing forcing numerous saves from UQFC keeper Eccles but they finally got into their groove when Ramone Close let fly from just outside the box to give the Tigers a one-goal advantage. Easts continued to dominate and when they floated in a corner it was Matt Boyd who got on the end of it to send it past the keeper to send Easts into a two goal halftime lead.

UQ came out in the second half a completely different side and came straight back into the affair when Yuji Hirano’s deflected strike ended up in the back of the net and not long after San Henny went for goal and levelled for the students, Easts fought hard to claim all three points in the final 15 but it was too late as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Albany Creek’s game with Logan Lightning had many swings and roundabouts before it even kicked off with it being on, off and back on again due to pitch problems at Wolter Park, the match eventually switched to the South Pine Sporting Complex. After a very tight first twenty minutes Jaspal Benning struck a delicious free kick into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead. Creek had spells in the opening half and found the equaliser through Sasa Radulovic in the 42nd minute to go in at halftime all locked up.

Logan found their rhythm in the second period and Stephen Green put the Lightning back in front just ten minutes after the restart. Creek would not lie down and Nasser Mehnat-Gir levelled proceedings again this time in the 61st minute to set up an intriguing last half-hour. With the game going into the final stages It was to be Logan’s day with Blake Cearns putting home to ensure Lightning secured all three points to top the table with an 83rd minute strike. The match not ending on a good note for Creek, the second week in a row having a player sent off in the dying minutes as Matthew Sauer was sent off in stoppage time.

RESULTS, SCORERS, SQUADS and STATS (where known)

Wolves FC 1-2 Rochedale Scorers: Wolves-Davis 88 Rochedale-Sweet 24,Grant 76

Wolves FC – Houghton, Gaffney, Scott, Vasiliou, Waters, Mijok, Black, Davis, Thompson, Ismailov, Houston, Innes, Woodward, Carr, Sung Kim, Shin Park

Rochedale -Aparicio, Launchbury, Sargent, Howell, Herbert, Sweet, Macnicol, Wilson, Moore, Shizuno, Jakupovic, McCaffrey, Grant, Davies

RED CARD – WOLVES – Houghton

Possession-42%-58%

Shots On Target-6-8

Shots Off Target-4-8

Corners-4-9

Throw-Ins-25-26

Free Kicks-19-11

Yellows-1-0

Reds-1-0

Mitchelton 2-2 Lions FC Scorers: Mitchelton – Mikula, Mehmet Lions – Reardon, Aoci

Mitchelton -Lumley, Sadik, Mikula, Shepherd, Bernardi, Foster, Swithenbank, Jeskey, McGowan, Mehmet, Figura, Jansen, Laxton, Darkwah

Lions – Zabaks, Carseldine, Murphy, Simic, Tobin, Khan, Butler, Carlos, Aoci, Janovsky, Reardon, Love, Butters, Moon, Bonotto, Mimaki

Possession-49%-51%

Shots On Target-4-7

Shots Off Target-9-6

Corners-3-5

Throw-Ins-38-35

Free Kicks-13-8

Yellows-2-1

Reds-0-0

Capalaba 1-3 Peninsula Power Scorers: Capalaba – Mansfield-Taylor Power – Feuerriegel x2, Cleary Capalaba – Macdonald, Mansfield-Taylor, Josh Sherwood, O’Brien, Leek, Thompson, Jake Sherwood, Roper, Wemyss, Jankovic, Quigley, Crilly, Faichnie, Theodore, Hirayama

Power – Reesby, Feuerriegel, Cleary, Mcneil, Holden, Maticic, Buhmann, Porter, M.McEvoy, Kirala, Austin, Roulston, Forsyth, T.McEvoy, Burns, Napper

Possession-54%-46%

Shots On Target-6-11

Shots Off Target-8-5

Corners-3-6

Throw-Ins-18-22

Free Kicks-22-10

Yellows-3-4

Reds-0-0

UQFC 2-2 Easts Scorers: UQFC – Hirano 55 ,Henry 65 Easts – Close 25, Boyd 30

UQFC – Eccles, Miyumo, Woldu, Watts, Henny, Samuels, Griffin, Ogata, McGuane ,Long, Ueda, Pascale, Narita, Hirano

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

Corners 1-5

Yellows 0-0

Reds 0-0

Taringa 1-1 Ipswich Knights Scorers: Taringa – Teevan Ipswich – Giverin

Taringa – Mcgill, Ellis, Tully, Dickson, Devereaux, Braybrook, Ryan, Byrne, Teevan, Chester, Vohland, Tieppo, Somerville, Galloway, Robson, Hamid

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

RED CARD – IPSWICH – Ishikura

Possession-47%-53%

Shots On Target-5-3

Shots Off Target-2-4

Corners-8-5

Throw-Ins-23-16

Free Kicks-10-15

Yellows-3-0

Reds-0-1

Albany Creek 2-3 Logan Lightning Scorers: ACE – Radulovic 42, Nasser Mehnat Gir 61 Logan – Benning 20, Green 56, Cearns 83

ACE – Smith, Mehnat-Gir, Radulovic, Campbell, Millar, Sherwood, Sorbello, Andrews, Oryem, Tutu, Thomson, Reynolds, Sauer, Di Renzo, Fujimoto

Logan – Stout, Green, Cearns, Benning, Lipari, Saint, Kemel, Oakshott, Peacock, Hewitson, Rudken, Brown, Kostovski, Kristock, Aoudia, Bharj

Possession-48%-52%

Shots On Target-5-8

Shots Off Target-12-8

Corners-6-4

Throw-Ins-34-31

Free Kicks-11-20

Yellows-3-1

Reds-1-0

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RESERVES

Wolves 0-1 Rochedale

Mitchelton 1-0 Lions

Capalaba 2-1 Peninsula Power

Taringa 2-5 Ipswich Knights

UQFC 1-8 Easts

Albany Creek 2-5 Logan Lightning

By Merson Kean – Brisbane Correspondent

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