Second half efforts from Alex Smith and Jamie Gosling kept FNQ Heat’s Finals Series push alive following a 2-0 win over Western Pride at Briggs Road Complex on Saturday.
Smith, who is Heat’s all-time leading NPL Queensland goalscorer, took his season’s tally to a eleven goals as the Heat secured their third straight three points.
The result sees Pride’s hopes of first ever Finals Series appearance fading rapidly, with the club dropping to ninth in the standings with five matches remaining.
An attacking and open contest saw plenty of chances for both sides, however the scores remained deadlocked at nil-all at the break.
Pride goalkeeper Bon Scott, who was this week called up to a Young Socceroos training squad, delivered a trio of key saves early in the second half as Heat stepped up their efforts.
The breakthrough finally came for the visitors on the hour when Smith converted from a free-kick.
Jamie Gosling then wrapped up the points in the final minutes with a penalty.
Speaking post-match, Heat coach Martin Docherty said
“At the end of the day we’ve probably done just enough to win but it was a very tight game,” Docherty said.
Pride coach Graham Harvey said despite the result he couldn’t fault his side’s performance.
“It was tough but I’m very proud of the boys and very happy with their work rate and attention to detail in the past week or so,” Harvey said.
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FNQ FC Heat 2 (Alex SMITH 60’, Jamie GOSLING 88’p)