Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

BROTHERS have main­tained a three- point gap atop the North Queens­land Pre­mier League lad­der af­ter An­thony Roul­ston’s late win­ner got them out of jail against a resur­gent Bur­dekin at Hi Vista Park on Satur­day.

Fresh from up­set­ting sec­ond­placed MA Olympic the week be­fore, Bur­dekin looked set to grab a point be­fore Roul­ston found the back of the net with vir­tu­ally the last kick of the game.

Roul­ston fin­ished with a brace and Brothers coach Paul Daly be­lieves the pre­mier­ship could be de­cided in the next month with the top three sides all sched­uled to play each other.

Bur­dekin re­main fifth but are just two points out­side the top four af­ter War­riors and Rebels played out a score­less draw at Mel­rose Park.

“Bur­dekin beat Olympic the other week and they’re a young team who show a lot of ticker,” Daly said. “I cer­tainly would have liked a more re­laxed game but they were very good.

“The next two or three games in par­tic­u­lar are big; we’ve got Olym- pic in there and it’s go­ing to be huge in de­ter­min­ing who won the league.”

In Satur­day night’s other clash MA Olympic kept the pres­sure on Brothers in the pre­mier­ship race with an easy 4- 1 win over Saints Ea­gles Souths.

MEN’S PRE­MIER LEAGUE: Townsville War­riors 0, Rebels 0; Brothers FC 3 ( A Roul­ston 2, S Howe 1), Bur­dekin FC 2 ( T Smith, K Mul­ho­l­ard); Saints Ea­gles Souths FC 1, MA Olympic 4.

WOMEN’S PRE­MIER LEAGUE: Northern Fury FC 11, Rebels 1 ( Jen­ner Falken­berg).

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