This Saturday sees Brisbane City return to AJ Kelly Park for the third time in four weeks as they take on Peninsula Power in Round Two of the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

The two sides had contrasting fortunes in the opening round of fixtures, Power falling 2-1 at home to an efficient Sunshine Coast Wanderers outfit meanwhile City left it very late to overcome a resilient nine-man Brisbane Roar. A 94th minute Matt Thurtell penalty was enough to see the Azzurri over the line 1-0 in what was Thurtell’s first league goal for his new club.

In two league meetings in 2022 it was Peninsula who had the edge with a convincing 5-0 triumph at Saturday’s venue before the reverse fixture at the now named Imperial Corp Stadium was split 2-2, with goals from Brandon Reeves & Koji Kato cancelling out a Brenton Fox double for the visitors. Fox is likely to be ever present for Power again on Saturday as he forms part of an impressive array of attacking threats that includes ex City players Solomon Weldemariam & Malakai Love-Semira, as well as new signing Kyren Walters who has joined from Sunshine Coast Wanderers.

Saturday marks the start of a tough run of fixtures for City, facing three of last season’s top four in the next 3 rounds, with a trip to Luxury Paints Stadium to face 2022 Premiers Lions and the first home game of the season against Olympic to follow this weekend’s fixture at Redcliffe.

The squad was no doubt buoyed by the strong turnout from the City faithful on Saturday night, particularly seeing so many junior players in the crowd, and they will be hoping for another big contingent of fans dressed in sky blue to make the trip back over the Houghton Highway Bridge again this Saturday. Kick off is at 6pm, with the U23s playing the curtain raiser at 3:45pm.

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