With one round to go the promotion places in Capital One are still up for grabs with Souths United and Grange Thistle the teams to beat after both recorded impressive victories.
QSN was at Wakerley Park in Runcorn to see Souths bid to return to Brisbane’s top flight after a four-year hiatus that included a brief experience in Capital 2.
The 2016 side, have been bolstered by new additions Sasa Radulovic (30 senior goals for the successful Wolves FC teams 2009-14) and Marco Rodanovic, who boast 245 BPL appearances between them. Moggill, the visitors, narrowly missed out on BPL promotion last year and have fallen into midtable obscurity during the year and were beaten 4-0 by Grange in their last outing.
In the early stages Moggill were looking to attack but were undone with a counter-attack down the right side which led to leading scorer Harun Omerovic able to tap in his 20th goal in his 18th league game. Moggill however still had an attacking thrust especially down the right side to Darren Wickenden.
Their equaliser came quickly with a looped through ball from Thomas Webster behind the Souths right full-back. The volleyed effort from the unlisted left winger was stunning and for a brief moment it looked like we’d have a contest. Omerovic continued to be the major attacking threat, but operated as a provider twice with Mario Stojanovic and Brendan Young firing home after Omerovic’s hard work. Former Strikers NPL Under 20s player Joshua Anderson scored from the spot, whilst the aforementioned Radulovic got his name on the scoresheet as did Omerovic.
The 6-1 half time score could have been more with the green hoops of Souths hitting the woodwork at least three other times. Stojanovic netted twice in the second half to bring up his hattrick. Omerovic got his trifecta as well to bring up his 50th senior goal for the green and whites.
The final score which reflects the dominance in the game was 13-1, with Young, Rodgers and Gjura (pen) troubling the scorers (well they would have if they hadn’t given up at 10) in the final term. Moggill will soon forget this as they look to prepare for next year whilst Souths know a victory in their final league game at Jack Speare Park will see them promoted.
United occupy top spot after leaders North Star were resoundingly beaten by the rampant Grange Thistle who lead 4-0, and went on to win 4-1 after a late consolation.
That result put Thistle 2nd and dropped North Star to 3rd level on points with 4th placed Southside Eagles who won 1-0 against Bayside.
Like Souths, Thistle have it in their own hands and will be a BPL club in 2017 with a win against Southside Eagles next week. The Eagles themselves are also in the hunt as are North Star.
Next week will be a thrilling end to the season in Cap 1, and QSN will bring it to you live. The key games next week are:
Sat 20th August 7pm
Moggill v North Star
Grange Thistle v Southside Eagles
Taringa Rovers v Souths United
Fri 19th August 8.30pm Wolves FC v Centenary Stormers
Sat 20th August 6pm Mt. Gravatt v Pine Rivers United