BPL Wrap: Lions crowned Minor Premiers

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A decisive weekend of BPL action saw Lions FC crowned minor premiers and Rochedale secure the fourth and last place in the finals. Elsewhere, Logan, Wolves and Power enjoyed thumping victories, while Eastern Suburbs scraped past Ipswich with a bit of luck.      



UQ FC   2:5   Rochedale Rovers    

Rochedale Rovers secured fourth spot and a place in the finals with a convincing win away to UQ.    

Everyone will be talking about…
After an indifferent season of inconsistency, Rochedale are in the finals – can they now challenge the top three?
      
Yeah, but what happened?
Rovers were desperate to leave no door open for Easts to have a chance of snatching fourth spot next week. The all-whites got off to a flyer with Joshua Falco and Shanjeev Henny netting two early goals in as many minutes. Ryan Solter pulled one back for the hosts to give them hope at the break, but a brace from Ryota Nokaooka and a Matt Thompson strike blew out the scoreline. Jibril Athumani scored a second for the students after the hour mark, but the damage was done by then.

The numbers:
UQ – Solter ’41; Athumani ‘66
Rochedale – Falco ’16; Henny ’17; Nokaooka ’48, ’55; Thompson ‘61

Looking ahead…
Rochedale face the perfect preparation for the finals when they host Capalaba this weekend, while UQ travel to finals-bound Power.


Capalaba   0:4   Lions FC    

Lions FC secured the BPL minor premiership in their first season back in the league with a 4-0 mauling of Capalaba.  

Everyone will be talking about…
Arguably seen as on-par with Wolves in terms of entertainment value, Graham Ross’ men proved they’re worthy winners as the most consistent side, wrapping up the league with a round to go.

Yeah, but what happened?
It was always going to be a nervy opening period for Lions, knowing any slip-up would most likely be pounced upon by Wolves. A tense half-hour drew to a close and the visiting bench were on their feet soon after to celebrate Kentaro Ishikawa’s well-taken opening goal. The opener took Capalaba by surprise, as the Dogs had settled into the game well – but soon went further behind. Jackson Dixon-Best netted a second before the break to give the visitors breathing space. The result was all but sealed on the hour, when Shoheel Khan prodded home, before Andre Butler made it 4-0 minutes later.                     

The numbers:
Lions – Ishikawa ’34; Dixon-Best ’40; Khan ’58; Butler ‘62

Looking ahead…
It will be interesting to see if Lions rest any players when Easts visit this weekend, while Capalaba travel to Rochedale.  

Lions celebrate the much anticipated winners’ trip to Maccas. Photo: Ian Judd – FB Media
Logan Lightning   6:1   North Star  

Logan secured at least a 7th placed finish with a brace from Daniel Clark and Petar Kostovski highlighting a demolition of North Star.

Everyone will be talking about…
It’s been a solid first season in the BPL for Logan –can they now pip Capalaba for 6th?       

Yeah, but what happened?
Logan looked the dominant side from the outset, but North Star took the lead against the run of play when Pettegree slotted home in the 20th minute. It was the last time the visitors would be celebrating anything other than the final whistle for the night, as Logan turned in six unanswered goals. Clark scored a brace before the break to flip the result around, soon followed by Kostovski’s own double. With the three points sealed, Logan were enjoying themselves and late goals to Phillip Randal and Max Brown ballooned the scoreline even further. 

The numbers:
Logan – Clark ’27, ’45; Kostovski ’57, ’78; Randal ’85; Brown ‘89
Star – Pettegree ‘20

Looking ahead…
Logan will hope Capalaba fail on their trip to Rochedale next week, as if they do – victory against visiting Albany Creek will ensure them a commendable 6thplace finish. Star must avoid defeat when Brisbane Force visits, otherwise they will plummet to 2nd from bottom.


Eastern Suburbs   3:2   Ipswich Knights      

An agonising late Ipswich own goal handed Easts victory in a pulsating encounter consisting of five second half goals.

Everyone will be talking about…
A season that came just short for Easts, after kicking-off as one of the favourites to be involved in the finals.        

Yeah, but what happened?
A tight first half was all but forgotten as soon as Knights’ Jonas Rasmussen turned in the opener on the hour. Easts hit back with great effect through Ryan Stenhouse and Daniel Cunha, but Ipswich were celebrating what they thought would be a certain share of the spoils when Jye Magarry made it 2-2 with four minutes to play. But the match took another cruel twist for Ispwich, who blundered home an own goal in the second minute of stoppage time.                                         

The numbers:
Easts – Stenhouse ’72; Cunha ’78; OG ‘90+2
Ipswich – Rasmussen ’61; Magarry ‘86

Looking ahead…
Easts’ trip to Lions this weekend may provide a glimmer of what could have been, while Ipswich face another stern test when they welcome Wolves.   


Wolves FC   4:1   Albany Creek  

A Kado Aoci hat-trick propelled ten-man Wolves past Albany Creek, who will finish in 9thposition.

Everyone will be talking about…
What a year Aoci has had in front of goal – this weekend’s hat-trick marked his 33rdgoal in the 2013 BPL. 

Yeah, but what happened?
Knowing the minor premiership had slipped away from them the previous day, Wolves were hungry to keep momentum up for their Grand Final title tilt. It looked like a routine victory with half an hour gone, as Kado Aoci had a brace next to his name – one from the penalty spot – and Creek lacked a cutting edge up front. But within minutes the outlook changed, as Drew Jeskey was shown red and James Walker pulled a goal back for Creek on the stroke of half-time. Not to be ridden in panic, Wolves showed their class and composure, sealing the result within ten minutes of the restart with strikes from Aoci and Alex Janovsky.                                           
The numbers:
Wolves – Aoci ‘3, ‘29(pen), ’53; Janovsky ‘55
Creek – Walker ‘45+1

Looking ahead…
Both teams are on the road to mid-table opposition this week, with Wolves travelling to Ipswich and Creek taking on Logan.   



Brisbane Force   1:6   Peninsula Power 

A hat-trick from Ally Graham and a Scott Macnicol brace saw Power demolish Brisbane Force and secure a 3rd place finish.

Everyone will be talking about…
Power’s dream second half of the season – can they now go on with it in September?         

Yeah, but what happened?
Peninsula seemed to have one thing on their mind in this match – goals, and they delivered. Ally Graham got the ball rolling as early as the third minute, but Force were soon level through Samuel Chesterfield. Michael Butters responded immediately for the visitors, who extended their lead when Graham doubled his account. There was still time for Scott Macnicol to get in on the act before the break, in what was a turning into a blow out. So it proved, with Macnicol and Graham grabbing one more apiece in the second stanza.                                       

The numbers:
Force – Chesterfield ‘9
Power – Graham ‘4, ’33, ’72; Butters ’16; Macnicol ’44, ‘59

Looking ahead…


After a difficult first season in the BPL, Force have a chance to end on high an overtake North Star with a win at O’Callaghan Park this weekend. Power host the other side in the bottom three – cellar dwellers UQ. 


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