Northern Fury, 0 v Gold Coast City, 2 (Kyle 63' 81')
Townsville Sports Reserve
Photographs: Jennifer Gulson
Jarrod Kyle scored twice as Gold Coast City beat Northern Fury 2-0 at Townsville Sports Reserve on Saturday night, Fury's first loss at home for the season.
Kyle doubled his season tally with a second-half double, after the two teams were unable to conjure a goal in the game's opening hour in an even contest.
The win is Gold Coast's fifth in six outings with their only loss so far in round 1. Gold Coast City now move to the top of the table, although Brisbane Olympic has a game in hand.
The result sees Northern Fury's winning streak come to an end after three games, but the hosts had their chances and kept things close throughout.
Gold Coast City face Brisbane Roar Youth while Northern Fury travels to Brisbane to meet Brisbane Strikers when the competition resumes on 22nd April after the Easter break.
Northern Fury's next home game is on Saturday 29th April against Brisbane Roar Youth.
Some members of the squad chose to wear #RainbowLaces as part of the national Rainbow Round of Sport which aims to highlight issues of prejudice towards LGBTI people in sport.
Other teams participating include Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, Perth Glory, the entire Women's NPL Victoria competition with ambassadors Alex Wilkinson, Rostyn Griffiths and Matildas Kyah Simon and Michelle Heyman. Locally, North Queensland Cowboys and Johnathan Thurston also wore #RainbowLaces.
Northern Fury, 2 (Cassady 10', Figg 35') v SWQ Thunder, 1 (Sainsbury 63')
Townsville Sports Reserve
Northern Fury have kept their undefeated home record alive this season with a 2-1 victory over SWQ Thunder FC in Townsville on Saturday.
The Fury have won all three of their home fixtures this season while the Thunder are still in search of their maiden win of the campaign after six rounds.
Hamish Cassady opened the scoring for the hosts after 20 minutes, benefiting from a rasping long ball from Nicholas Figg.
The lead was doubled 15 minutes following a period of chaos which saw an original attempt saved onto the crossbar before Figg added a goal to his earlier assist.
The visitors cut the deficit to a goal with a tick under half-hour remaining as Bailey Sainsbury converted from a corner, scoring the first goal against the Fury on their home turf this season.
The Thunder were unable to rescue a point and the result sees them remain at the foot of the ladder while the Fury remain in the top three positions on the table.
Redlands United, 3 (Davis 57' 66', Edgar 72') v Northern Fury, 4 (Cassady 22', Perry 26' 30', Edmonds 88')
Words by Tristram Peters
Reece Edmonds' 88th minute winner has clinched Northern Fury's third win of the season as they beat Redlands United 4-3 at Cleveland Showgrounds on Saturday night.
The Fury ran out of the blocks, scoring two quickfire goals to Hamish Cassady and Jake Perry, and continued to press after halftime with Perry's tap in completing his brace.
But Redlands showed tremendous resolve to claw back to 3-all, with Alistair Davis on the end of two pin point passes and substitute Stuart Edgar netting a strong header.
The game looked destined for a draw before Reece Edmonds found himself one-on-one with Redlands' keeper Denver Crickmore, ably converting the winner and continuing Fury's recent success.
The Fury return home to play South West Queensland Thunder next weekend, hoping to continue their climb up the ladder, while Redlands play Gold Coast City at home.