Battle for top-four berth rages in CQ Premier League

THE battle for a top-four berth continues to rage in the Central Queensland Premier League with four games remaining in the regular season.

Bluebirds, in fifth place, were chasing a win during the weekend's round 14 clash that would see them leap-frog Nerimbera into fourth spot.

But cellar dwellers Berserker caused an upset when they drew with Bluebirds 3-3, at Elizabeth Park.

Berserker player Garth Rose said while they had blown a chance of making the finals, they would be out to cause a few headaches for the teams trying to cement a top four spot during the rest of the 2013 season.

"It started this weekend with Bluebirds," Rose said.

Both Bluebirds and Berserker had ample scoring opportunities during Sunday's game. For Berserker, Beau Saunders found the back of the net twice, as did Sam Stadger - delighting the team as not many goals had been scored all season, Rose said.

David Slack vs Zhayd Harbin. Nerimbera Vs Central. Soccer / Football Queensland at Pilbeam Park. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
David Slack vs Zhayd Harbin. Nerimbera Vs Central. Soccer / Football Queensland at Pilbeam Park. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK290613sfoot2

 

While goal keeper Jon Harris had a massive game in goal, Bluebirds' Sean Jasperson still managed to slip two goals past him.

A third goal drew the match, which meant Bluebirds and Berserker received one point each - not enough for Bluebirds to bypass Nerimbera into the top four, and they remained in fifth place.

Meanwhile, Nerimbera suffered a 3-2 loss to Central, at Pilbeam Park on Saturday, meaning the two sides stay in fourth and third place on the table respectively.

Table leaders Frenchville came away with a 4-3 win against CQFC.

RESULTS:

CQ Premier League: Clinton 6 def Emerald Eagles 0; Frenchville 4 def CQFC 3; Central 3 def Nerimbera 2; Southside United 3 def Cap Coast 0; Bluebirds Berserker.

POINTS: Frenchville 37, Clinton 34, Central 27, Nerimbera 23, Bluebirds 22, CQFC 16, Southside United 15, Emerald 15, Cap Coast 6, Berserker 4