Once again, more post-season ramifications decided this afternoon and evening. Here’s the wrap from what took place.
Brisbane Strikers needed goals in an attempt to keep pace with Moreton Bay in the Premiership race and after taking a 1-0 lead at halftime against Sunshine Coast Fire, whatever coach Kevin A’hearne-Evans said during the break worked as the Strikers came away 5-0 winners at the end of the day. Scorers were Apai Ukuno with a double complimented by Greg King, Trent Clulow and Jesse Wiemers. It all comes down to the last day with the Jets and Strikers even on points but the Jets heading the competition on goal difference.
Brisbane Roar had several players return to their youth squad and two of those scored the Roar’s goals in their 2-1 win over Redlands. Abrahim Yango and Nick D’Agostino scoring for the Roar with Jayden Prasad converting for Redlands. Despite the loss, Redlands clinched third place on the table.
At Goodwin Park, Olympic sealed fourth place in a 3-2 win over Western Pride. Youeil Shol’s fourth minute effort for the hosts was immediately cancelled out by Mitch Bird. Shol scoring just before halftime for Olympic to have a 2-1 lead at the break. Danny Byrne scored shortly after the hour to make it a 3-1 advantage with Bird scoring again for the Pride with ten minutes to give his side some hope of a result but that would not pan out.
So Redlands will play the second-placed side in the finals while Olympic will play away to the eventual Premiers. Today’s results rule last year’s Premiers and Grand Finals winners, Palm Beach out of this year’s post-season.
BRISBANE PREMIER LEAGUE
All the goals scored in the first half as Taringa bow out of the Premier League in a 4-1 loss to Easts.
The Club Championship saw UQFC win in both the under 16’s and under 18’s this afternoon extending their advantage in the relegation battle against Wolves out to 14 points. The number crunchers will be working overtime during the week to work out the combinations Wolves will require in under 16’s, 18’s and reserves catch-up matches against Rochedale next weekend but on the face of it, it looks like wins will be required in the 18’s and reserves to avoid the dreaded drop to Capital 1.
NPL QUEENSLAND WOMENS
The Gap are through to the Grand Final after defeating Palm Beach 2-0 at Walton Bridge Reserve. Gabe Marzano with a goal in each half to seal the win. Palm Beach will play the winner of Peninsula and UQFC/Sunshine Coast Fire in two weeks time to determine who will be the Gator’s opponents in the season decider.
The Elimination Quarter-Final is currently in progress where Sunshine Coast Fire lead UQFC 2-0 after 65 minutes. Sofie Persson with both goals for the visitors.
In a catch-up match, Western Pride defeated Moreton Bay 8-1.
Moggill 4 v Grange Thistle 2. That is the last game for both sides with neither featuring in the post-season.