Former Round of 32 entrants go head-to-head as Round 4 kicks off in Queensland

Two matches pitting former Round of 32 entrants against one another headline the action as Preliminary Round 4 gets underway in Queensland on Tuesday night.

Brisbane Strikers host Lions FC while Surfers Paradise Apollo take on Peninsula Power in the pick of the Round 4 ties in the Sunshine State.

Strikers, who enjoyed the deepest cup run of any side in Queensland when they reached the Semi Finals in 2019 welcome Lions to Perry Park on Tuesday evening.

The defending NPL Queensland Champions who reached the Round of 16 in the cup last season currently sit third in the league with six points to their name from three matches.

Brisbane Strikers are top of the FQPL with maximum points so far after a disastrous 2021 saw them relegated from the Queensland top flight for the first time in their history.

Tuesday’s match will also see former Lions stalwarts, Luke Borean and Jordan Farina line up against their former club after making the switch to Strikers in the summer.

Tuesday’s match will be the fourth time Strikers and Lions have gone head-to-head in Australia Cup Preliminary Round action with Strikers winning all three previous meetings - the most recent of which came in their 2019 run to the Semi Finals.

Surfers Paradise Apollo, who reached the national rounds in 2016 host two-time Round of 32 entrant Peninsula Power at Lex Bell Oval on Tuesday night.

Apollo currently lead the league in FQPL2 having taken maximum points and scored 18 goals after three rounds of action.

Surfers side contains a number of players who have previously played in the national rounds with other clubs including Jean-Philippe Lasm (Olympic FC) & Teddy Watson (Gold Coast Knights) and are captained by Bruno Rodriguez, who was the skipper when Surfers faced Canberra Olympic in the Round of 32 in 2016.

Two-time defending NPL Queensland Premiers, Peninsula Power sit eighth on the league table after picking up their first three points of the season with a 5-0 win over Eastern Suburbs on Saturday night.

Power reached the Round of 32 for the second time last season where they were defeated 3-0 by Brisbane Roar.

Elsewhere in Preliminary Round 4 action in Queensland’s South East on Tuesday night former Round of 32 entrants Olympic FC and Moreton Bay United play host to Albany Creek Excelsior and Kingscliff Wolves respectively.

Logan Lightning, Eastern Suburbs and Sunshine Coast Wanderers are the other NPL clubs in action with 11 matches taking place on Tuesday night.

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