Week one of the 2016 NPL Queensland is in the books with the opening round throwing up a first ever win for the Thunder while the defending champions Moreton Bay started their title defence with a win.
Round 1 Results
Gold Coast City 1 – 2 Redlands United
SWQ Thunder 2 – 1 Northern Fury
Brisbane Roar 1 – 1 Brisbane Strikers
Brisbane City 1 – 3 Moreton Bay United
Western Pride 1 – 1 Sunshine Coast
Olympic 1- FNQ Heat
South West Queensland Thunder (2) Piok 25’, Jafari 29’
Northern Fury (1) Bowman 91’
Starting with the story of the weekend and congratulations to SWQ Thunder who won their first game in the NPL at the 47th attempt with a 2-1 win over Northern Fury to start the season.
First half goals from Majok Piok and Mustafa Jafari were enough to secure the points for the hosts on Saturday evening despite some late pressure from the visitors. A good start for the Thunder while it looks like being a long season for the boys from Townsville.
Gold Coast City (1) O.G 16’
Redlands United (2) Halliday 26’, Green 70’
Redlands United came from a goal down to pick up the first three points of the season on Saturday afternoon down at the Mallawa Complex on the Gold Coast.
After scoring the opening goal of the season in their own net, Kai Halliday and Stephen Green netted for the visitors to get off to a flying start to the new season.
City for their part struggled and the pre-season favourites for a finals berth will need to improve in future weeks.
Brisbane City (1) O.G 60’
Moreton Bay United (3) Masuda 25’, Brownlie 76’, Janovsky 84’
Despite all the off-season changes out at Wolter Park, the champions got their title defence off to a flying start with a 3-1 win over local rivals City at Spencer Park on Saturday night.
Moreton Bay’s Japanese imported duo Taiga Ishakura and Joey Masuda played a big part for the visitors while evergreen talisman Royce Brownlie looms as a big threat once again this season.
City for their part looked a work in progress and John Kosmina’s side should get stronger as the season progresses.
Brisbane Roar (1) Daley 50’
Brisbane Strikers (1) Meredith 53’
In the Brisbane derby at Perry Park it was a tight and competitive contest with the Young Roar holding the pre-season favourites to a daw.
After the Strikers hit the woodwork in the first half, it was the Roar who took the lead 5 minutes into the second half with some good combination play finished of by Jesse Daley.
Minutes later a cross from Shelford Dais was headed home by Rhys Meredith who brought the visitors level with a goal on debut.
Western Pride (1) Lucas 90+2’ (pen)
Sunshine Coast (1) Kishimuza 5’
Rounding out the Saturday fixtures Western Pride rescued an injury time equaliser at home against Sunshine Coast.
After going a man down earlier in the game, a last minute penalty for Corey Lucas was enough to earn the Ipswich based side a point.
For Sunshine Coast, it was a positive end to a tough week, with new manager Sam Saif seeming having plenty to build on as he takes over.
Olympic FC (1) Shol 64’
Far North Queensland Heat (3) Carroll 6’, Pin 26, O’Hare 87’
Rounding out the opening weekend and it was a solid road win for FNQ Heat who travelled south and returned north with all three points.
It was a professional road win for FNQ, who look to be a good chance of returning to the finals this season, while from Olympics point of view it was a lacklustre start with plenty of room for improvement.
Round 1 NPL Women’s
Easts 5 – 1 SWQ Thunder
Peninsula Power 2 – 2 Sunshine Coast
Western Pride 2 – 0 Redlands
Uni of Qld 0 – 6 The Gap
Olympic 5 – Gold Coast City
In the Women’s competition, defending champions The Gap got off to a sensational start to the new season with a 6-0 romp away to University of Queensland on Sunday. Joining them in getting off to a winning start were Easts, Western Pride and Olympic, who beat the new looked Gold Coast City 5-0. One round in, but it looks like the status quo remains with the competition trying to catch The Gap.