Sunshine Coast FC (7) v SWQ Thunder FC (0)
With the season entering the final weeks, Fire would be looking to get back to winning ways after back to back defeats against cellar dwellers SWQ Thunder. Fire winning the season’s earlier meeting in April.
The visitors got the game underway on a healthy looking playing surface at Kawana and in the first minute Fire almost had a dream start. Herbie Allsopp found Kaidin Dawson, he played in Dre Ngaha to lay off to Jett Brutnell whose drive was turned around the post for a corner, Ryan Tappouras seeing his effort from the set piece clear the bar. Fire continued to take the game to Thunder in the opening minutes, Harrison Renzulli sending Mark Shaw free to use his lightening pace, his cross dealt with confidently by the keeper.
The sustained early pressure began to look ominous for Thunder as another swift exchange of passes between Ngaha, Shaw and Brutnell almost presented the latter with a shooting chance but it was not to be.
In the 5th minute the opening goal inevitable arrived. Lachie Noyes played a good ball into Ngaha whose vision put through Shaw who made no mistake, finding the bottom corner with a low strike.
The ninth minute saw Fire deservedly extend their lead, a deep cross from Dawson found Brutnell whose cushioned header found Ngaha. In turn Ngaha unselfishly set up Brutnell to send a crisp drive into the back of the Thunder net.
Within a minute Fire struck again. Good pressure in midfield won the ball for the home team, Noyes again sliding a pass through to Dawson whose effort crashed into the Thunder goal once more, to complete a remarkable opening 10 minutes.
Fire were unrelenting in their approach, Dawson seeing an effort come back off the post on the quarter hour mark. Keeper Bradford Green having a quiet opening period showed good distribution to pick out Tanner Mathers, calling for the ball in the middle of the park, his lofted pass put Shaw through on goal again, but this time his effort was just wide. The quick playing surface got the better of Fire as Noyes, Ngaha and Shaw linked up again, the final ball running away.
Fire earned another corner in the 20th minute, after Shaw’s cross somehow evaded Ngaha and Dawson, Noyes climbing highest to send a well won header towards goal that needed to be saved.
In the 26th minute Fire forward line almost added a fourth, more instinctive play from Brutnell and Shaw played in Shaw who’s effort was again saved, the loose ball falling to Ngaha who was unable to find the net.
As the half hour approached Fire added another, Luke Vancam played a simple pass to Renzulli, his pass in tune found Brutnell who played the ball through to Ngaha who this time, made no mistake as the Thunder net billowed. Defence to attack in four passes and a fourth goal for jubilant Fire. Unbelievably, Fire still had opportunities to add another, Allsopp picked out Ngaha, who eased the ball wide Dawson, his low cross ran invitingly across goal to James Ridley at the back post who unfortunately lost his footing at the worst time and the chance went begging. Making amends almost immediately, Ridley turned provider. Free down the right-hand flank he returned to compliment to Dawson who had the simplest of tasks at the far post to add his second and Fire’s 5th in the 32nd minute.
Half Time: Sunshine Coast FC (5) v SWQ Thunder FC (0)
Fire got the game back underway and immediately had the chance to extend their lead further, Dawson again in space down the left sent over a teasing cross that neither Ridely or Neo Anderson could quite convert, Thunder relieved to have weathered another Fire attack.
Thereafter the second half failed to hit the heights of the first. Fire became guilty of some sloppy play, being caught in possession on occasion and a seemingly endless array of misplaced passes and disjointed play allowing Thunder the opportunity to enjoy some possession.
Shaw gave a brief highlight with a 40-yard run down the right that came to nought, Brutnell then sent a ball out wide for Dawson but his cross/shot was wide of the Thunder upright, before the 52nd minute saw Allsopp again finding Dawson whose delightful cross evaded the sliding efforts of both Ngaha and Shaw with the goal at their mercy.
Fire eventually began to settle to enjoy a good final third of the game. Brutnell poked a ball over the top of the Thunder defence to put Dawson clear and he coolly slotted the ball past the helpless goalkeeper at his near post just before the hour mark to register a well-deserved hat-trick and Fire’s 6th goal of the game.
Ngaha sent an ambitious free kick goal ward in the 62nd minute, Brutnell unable to quite leap high enough to send the ball towards the goal.
Mathers, dogged as ever in midfield, sent another ball through to Dawson who gratefully accepted the opportunity to register his fourth and fire’s seventh of the contest in the 64th minute.
By this time the final whistle couldn’t come quick enough for the visitors and when it duly did Fire were able to celebrate their biggest win of the season with a comprehensive score line that reflected a superb first half performance, full of attacking swagger that Thunder had no answer to.
Full Time: Sunshine Coast FC (7) v SWQ Thunder FC (0)
Player of the Match: Kaidin Dawson
Sunshine Coast FC (5) v SWQ Thunder FC (2)
Round 22 and Fire’s second meeting for the season against South West Queensland Thunder FC, almost 4 months after the first where we walked away with a win.
It was a great day for football with the sun shining and the boys pumped for success.
Sunshine Coast FC Fire controlled the game from the outset, keeping control in their attacking half. Fire’s first goal came on the 9th minute when Jake Rocker delivered the ball to Kyan Bryant on the left and Bryant took on a player to score in the bottom right corner.
South West Queensland Thunder FC immediately stepped up the pressure when they picked up a pass and headed straight for Sunshine Coast FC Fire’s goals. Pressure from the Fire defence and Keeper Ben Nassiep resulted in near miss for SWQ.
Sunshine Coast FC were awarded a penalty when the South West Queensland Keeper made a solid save taking out Bryant in the process. Becker stepped up to take the shot and the South West Queensland Thunder keeper again saved his team. Sunshine Coast FC were determined to get the ball in the back of the net and a pass from Becker to Bryant on the left allowed him to work his magic to score Fire’s second goal on the 18th minute.
Sunshine Coast Fire FC let their guard down and allowed two successive goals in from South West Queensland Thunder on the 19th and 23rd minute, equalizing the scores.
Sunshine Coast FC composed themselves as they attempted to regain momentum. South West Queensland Thunder challenged Fire each step of the way. Sunshine Coast FC netted their next goal on the 29th minute when Becker delivered the ball to Harry McMillan to score.
Half Time: Sunshine Coast FC (3) v SWQ Thunder FC (2)
Second half travelled along relatively uneventful with both teams trying to increase their lead and missing a number of shots. South West Queensland proved to cause us consistent trouble on their right wing, with the Sunshine Coast defence holding strong. A Sunshine Coast FC free kick on the 45th minute resulted in a goal for Dimitri Westwood-Pritchard.
The final goal was scored in the last minute of the game when Becker confidently struck the ball into the back of the net.
Full Time: Sunshine Coast FC (5) v SWQ Thunder FC (2)
Player of the Match: Kyan Bryant
Sunshine Coast FC (2) v SWQ Thunder FC (1)
Fire previously played SWQ Thunder in Round 9 which ended in draw.
It would only take five minutes for Fire to take the lead. Williams drove down the sideline and crosses a beautiful ball through to Boshoff to score.
Williams heavily involved in the game made another break and was able to shoot for goal but was saved by the keeper.
Thunder is given an opportunity to equalise when they receive a penalty kick in the 25th minute. It was our Goalie Gillett that kept Fire in the lead when he saved the goal. Thunder eager to score ran in to shoot again at goal and Gillett saves it a second time.
Fire held on to their 1-0 lead in the first half.
Half Time: Sunshine Coast FC (1) v SWQ Thunder FC (0)
Thunder came out stronger in the second half and the Fire defence worked hard as they maintained possession.
Thunder equalise the game in the 59th minute. They received another penalty which was saved again by Gillett. But they slotted the ball straight back and scored.
Both teams determined to win and working extremely hard. This was a very high intensity game.
In the 76th minute Halls-Tempest kicked a high ball through to striker Nelson who scored with a header.
Fire protected their lead until the end and won the game 2-1.
Full Time: Sunshine Coast FC (2) v SWQ Thunder FC (1)
Player of the Match: Conner Hyder