Australia Cup South East Queensland Preliminary Round 7 Preview

South East Queensland’s three Australia Cup Round of 32 entrants are set to be locked in with Preliminary Round 7 action taking place this week.

Six side still stand in the Sunshine State's south east with four NPL Queensland and two FQPL 1 sides going in search of the three Round of 32 berths.

On Tuesday night two of last year's Round of 32 entrants Lions FC and Peninsula Power are on the road against Brisbane City and Rochedale Rovers respectively.

While on Wednesday a first time Finals Round qualifier will be confirmed when Logan Lightning and Sunshine Coast Fire face off at Cornubia Park.

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Brisbane City and Lions FC will go head-to-head in Preliminary Round 7 action for the second year running at CTM Stadium on Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s clash will be the second time the two sides have met in the space of four days with the visitors starting as heavy favourites after recording a thumping 7-0 victory over City at Lions Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

NPL Queensland leading scorer, Alex Fiechtner who netted four goals in Saturday’s rout looms as a key figure for Lions alongside another of Queensland’s most prolific forwards in strike partner, Andy Pengelly.

City who’s side contain former A-League defenders Matt Smith and Daniel Bowles as well as 2019 Mike Cockerill Medalist Fraser Hills will look to qualify for the Round of 32 for the first time with a win on Tuesday night.

City, who sit ninth in the NPL Queensland standings defeated Yeronga FC, North Pine and Sunshine Coast Wanderers on their way to Round 7.

Lions meanwhile look to book a fourth appearance in the Round of 32 after running out victorious against Brisbane Strikers, SWQ Thunder and Moreton Bay United en route to Round 7.

In Tuesday’s other match last year’s Round of 32 entrant Peninsula Power aim to secure back-to-back Finals Round appearances with victory against FQPL1 league leaders Rochedale Rovers at Underwood Park.

The two-time reigning NPL Queensland Premiers reached Round 7 with wins over Surfers Paradise Apollo, Gold Coast Knights and Gold Coast United.

Standing in Power’s way are promotion chasing Rochedale Rovers who sit top of the FQPL 1 standings after 12 rounds of action.

Former Power forward, Marek Madle who currently tops the FQPL1 goalscoring charts with 14 goals shapes as Rovers key man.

Rochedale, who have fallen at the final hurdle once before aim to qualify for the Round of 32 for the first time after defeating North Star, Bayside United and Broadbeach United to reach Round 7.

On Wednesday night Logan Lightning and Sunshine Coast Fire go head-to-head in the final SEQ Preliminary Round 7 tie at Cornubia Park.

Neither side has previously qualified for the Australia Cup final rounds.

Logan currently occupy tenth position on the NPL Queensland table and defeated Annerley, Pine Hills and Olympic FC to reach Round 7.

Fire, who are captained by Jerard Tyson - a 2021 Australia Cup winner with Melbourne Victory defeated Nambour Yandina United, Redlands United and Southside Eagles on their cup run so far.

Edge Hill United will face Magpies Crusaders United at Tiger Park on Saturday, July 2 in Northern Zone Preliminary Round 7 action to determine Queensland’s final Round of 32 entrant.

You can catch all of Queensland’s Australia Cup Preliminary Round 7 fixtures live on the Australia Cup Facebook page or My Football YouTube channel.

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