THE Capalaba FQPL squad travelled to the west to Ipswich Knights on Sunday where Capalaba were looking to secure their position in the top two while Ipswich were eager to find their chance at finals football.
Nathan Yoon opened the scoring in the 14th minute to give Capalaba the early lead but it was equalised before half-time by Lachlan Munn.
In the second half, Ipswich took the lead in the 48th minute but Capalaba was able to keep it even just after the hour mark when Ryan Cokell got his fifth goal this season. Four minutes later Capalaba saw themselves down to 10 men due to Jake Sherwood gaining a second yellow card and being sent off. Capalaba was able to hold off any chances from Ipswich to keep it at 2-2.
Capalaba coach David Booth said he was disappointed. "It's not the result we were looking for tonight," he said. "A draw is a fair result having finished the game with 10 players."
The team will continue to fight for their place in the promotion spots as they sit in second tied with Sunshine Coast Wanderers on points but the Wanderers have two games extra to play and are sitting in a better position with goal difference. Logan Lightning sits in third with 25 points also with two games extra to play. With three rounds remaining, every game is going to be crucial.
Capalaba will face Southside Eagles on the weekend at home and their main opponents the Wanderers and Logan Lightning the rounds after.
IT WAS another win for Capalaba's NPLW side who travelled even further west to Toowoomba to take on South West Queensland Thunder on Sunday afternoon.
After an unexpected forfeit from Souths United on Wednesday night, the squad was eager to get into a game and came out firing on Sunday with Abbey Lloyd opening the scoring in the fourth minute of the match, followed by Eloise Wadsworth in the sixth minute and Sachiko Tatsuoka in the eighth minute.
The squad settled for most of the match but gained two more through Tatsuoka in the 58th and then Marguerite De Roquefeuil getting her first goal in the top side in the 88th, also scoring for the U18 squad in the match prior.
NPLW head coach Daniel Baker said he was unhappy with the performance despite the score. "It wasn't a great game from us," he said. "The conditions played a big part and we struggled to play our normal game. We went three goals up in the first 10 minutes and almost settled for that which was frustrating. We are capable of playing at a higher level than we did."
On the weekend Capalaba are away to The Gap and looking to fight for second place which they sit four points behind. With seven rounds remaining, teams are picking up the tempo to find their way into finals football.
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