Round 22 Previews

7 Aug 10 5:00PM Brisbane Wolves   v   Brisbane City Carmichael Park     

Wolves 6-0 drubbing by Rochedale was a humbling defeat for the Tingalpa-based club.  It came against the historic experience where Wolves had played well under Saif against Rovers.  Four of the goals came in the last 20 minutes, during a period when holding midfielder Drew Jeskey had been replaced.  Saif will be hoping his side take the opportunity to bounce back in a winnable game against Brisbane City.

City let a 2-1 half-time lead slip through their hands against Taringa last weekend.  A back four with Sam Gilbert out at left back and a central pairing of Adam Bennett and Luke Farinazzo started the game, but were beaten early.  Coach Eddie Tesoro made two first half substitutions and may have paid the price of having reduced options when his captain Farinazzo was sent off for a deliberate handball to stop a goalscoring opportunity.  City are a well-coached side but lack some of the quality players they had earlier in the season.

7 Aug 10 5:00PM Peninsula Power   v   Pine Rivers United A J Kelly Field     

Power recorded a comprehensive win, as Terry Kirkham chose to line-up with Nathan Kelly and Warren Moon as his defensive pairing.  Power were always a formidable opposition with Paul Brownlie and Steve Foreshaw at the back, which then switched to Brownlie and Michael McEvoy in 2009, however putting a consistent back four on the park is now a task.  Kirkham’s reshuffle struck gold with Moon and lone-striker Mat Hornby having fantastic games. Jonathan Marriaya excelled in midfield, and with Graham Rigley getting a late goal, the club is giving a chance to youth and players on the fringes.

The visitors are Pine Rivers who trudged off last Saturday after a 4-0 loss, which left them anchored to the bottom of the table, three points adrift with this and four other games left. The first 20 minutes looked a real contest with Rivers appearing dangerous.  Dom Hudak was deployed much deeper than usual as a midfielder with Sam Young and Nick Waddell as the forward options.  Rivers created some chances but were not able to convert.  On the half hour mark, Redlands wrestled possession away and were the better side over the last hour.

7 Aug 10 6:00PM Souths United   v   Rochedale Rovers Wakerley Park     

The local derby between Souths and Rochedale is always something special and despite Rochedale clinching the league already, Saturday should be no different.  The hosts, Steve Glockner’s Souths, came up short away at Easts last weekend.  In that 1-0 win, Michael Rooney and Seamus McAnelly returned.  The latter did so off the bench; however, Rooney’s comeback lasted only 30 minutes. 

Last year’s 2-0 loss at Wakerley Park came at a time when Rochedale were struggling.  They will arrive at Runcorn full of beans after recent victories and keen to make sure they see out the league campaign without tasting defeat.  Last weekend Rovers scored five in the last 35 minutes against a good Wolves defence, although one negative was the loss of Captain Darren Gray who was substituted only 15 minutes in.

7 Aug 10 6:30PM Beenleigh   v   Mount Gravatt Chris Green Park     

This is certainly the game of the round with two teams deep in relegation trouble meeting.  The sides sit equal on points; however, the Hawks terrible goal difference sees them occupy the final relegation spot at their host’s expense.  Last week, Beenleigh recorded a solid draw at John Fredericks Park against second placed Capalaba.  The clean sheet was the highlight after conceding five to City the week before.  Perennial backup Nathan Darvill got the nod and was helped by the defensive performance ahead of him.  Earning the plaudits against the Bulldogs was Aaron Willman who was a second-half substitute.  The Lions appear back to full-strength aside from their goalkeeping woes and should be well placed to record a much-needed and long-overdue win.

Mount Gravatt were soundly beaten by Power but were not helped by significant injuries to Okada and Sao Jose.  Both players are the creative engine for Mount Gravatt and having them unavailable, which certainly looks likely is very disappointing ahead of this crucial tie.  Their attack of Leite and Sam Wani was described as lightweight in Okada and Sao Jose’s absence.

7 Aug 10 7:00PM Taringa Rovers   v   Capalaba Jack Speare Park     

Taringa’s early lead at City was lost within 5 minutes, with the host levelling terms and then pushing ahead.  Coach Joe Fenech was disappointed with the display; however, his troops rebounded with a gritty determined second half to take all three points.  Brodie Kenyon started at the back but made his way up the field, as his physical presence was not required in defence.  Josh Purton in Taringa’s engine room will be looking forward to the rematch with his former club.  It is great to see youngsters Steve Chester and Pat Ruggles coming of age, and their performances have helped the club avoid relegation. Taringa were strong against Capalaba earlier in the season when nothing was going the way, and should not be underestimated in this game.

Many were surprised to see a goalless draw for Capalaba against Beenleigh.  The positives must be the performance of Geoff Hurford who earned man of the match honours.  However, the Bulldogs attacking threat could not generate a goal.  This may not be helped by the utilisation of Greg Thomas as a defensive midfielder.  The team appears to miss its heartbeat, Aaron McAllister, and is struggling now with depth.

8 Aug 10 3:00PM Pine Hills   v   Eastern Suburbs James Drysdale Res…      

Rod Brown’s Pine Hills pulled off a surprising win over Olympic, downing the third placed club 2-1.  The goals came from Corey Slevin who returned to the club after a brief stint back at Brisbane City.  Ryan Pearce and Raj Oshen made returns, however the hattrick hero from their 3-2 win the week before, Jamal Spelta, did not play.

Easts took a while to find their way through the Souths defence; however, Seb Bell’s strike 18 minutes from time was the only goal of the game and thus delivered a valuable three points.  The clean sheet must have been pleasing after seven conceded in the 135 minutes prior.  Easts are still in with a chance of finishing second, however are in a battle to get a top four position which would deliver a home finals game.

8 Aug 10 4:00PM Olympic   v   Redlands United Goodwin Park     

The battle of the former QSL teams will always be feisty, as it was in the Canale Cup clash several weeks ago.  Redlands won that match to set up the coming semi-final with Capalaba.  The hosts will be eager to bounce back from their first league defeat under Coach Jim Bellas.  That 2-1 defeat to Pine Hills cost Olympic 2nd spot to Capalaba, although the red and whites remain a solitary point behind.

Redlands were poor early in the game at Rivers, but rebounded thanks to the combination play between Graham Fyfe and Danny Byrne.  The foundation was set by Seib, Eames and captain Ryan Bridge.  Nev Saroya will return to for the game, although missing will be the aforementioned Byrne who will be suspended following a fourth yellow card, for kicking the ball away.  Byrne’s loss will severely limit Redlands chances in this clash.

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