Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Wonder Goal Ignites Pride; NPL Champsleave Rivalsshellshocked

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Wonder Goal Ignites Pride; NPL Champsleave Rivalsshellshocked

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State of play

NPL: Western Pride 5 (Dylan Wenzel-Halls 2, Andrew Pengelly, Joe Duckworth, Fraser Hills) def Moreton Bay Utd 0.

Next match: Saturday night v SWQ Thunder at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

U18 boys: Western Pride 4 (Jacob Advaney 3, Jarrod Hyslop) def Moreton Bay 0.



WESTERN Pride goal hunter Andrew Pengelly scored in the first minute, was later cleaned up and came off in the second half to avoid further injury.

It was a drama-charged but enjoyable night for one of Pride's most exciting prospects.

And what a perfect time for Pengelly to capitalize on more superb Pride lead-up play to find the net before anyone had time to tune into the high quality game.

It was the National Premier Leagues grand final rematch and Western Pride showed their class by beating Moreton Bay United 5-0 at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

Unlike last year's thrilling duel where Dylan Wenzel-Halls converted a last-gasp free kick to secure Pride's first NPL champions crown, the latest showdown was dominated by the home side.

After Pengelly's fantastic finish, Joe Duckworth backed up his cracking goal against Lions a week before with another fine effort.

Wenzel-Halls added a double after being sick in the 1-0 victory over Lions. The speedster's courage was highlighted through his 14th and 15th goals of the season after being knocked over, pushed and crunched on Saturday night.

Pride newcomer Fraser Hills added the proverbial icing in the 89th minute by heading home the fifth goal, his first for the team.

Pengelly was sore after the match, having been replaced in the second half after copping a heavy knock to his left ankle before the break.

Moreton Bay player Chom Arop received a red card in the 37th minute following the incident.

However, Pengelly smiled with satisfaction after another outstanding team performance from the NPL's most entertaining football side. Pride are now in second place. …

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