Words: Michael Flynn | Image: DSL Photography
Gold Coast City Women’s coach Dave Thompson has praised his side’s adaptability following their 3-2 come-from-behind win over SWQ Thunder on Saturday.
City struck twice in the final quarter hour to move ahead of Thunder to sixth on the league table – substitute Alana Giggins hitting a spectacular long-range strike to claim the three points.
Teleya Reynolds commenced the fightback with her second close-range finish of the match just minutes prior to Giggin’s decisive strike.
Reynolds earlier opened accounts midway through the first-half – her double marking three goals in two games since her move higher up the formation.
For Thunder, Melanie Lloyd struck either side of half-time, however, the attacker’s brace proved insufficient to prevent Thunder’s second loss to City this season.
Speaking post-match, Thompson said his players response to forced tactical changes in recent weeks is promising as they continue their push for finals football.
“We’ve had a few injuries and I’ve had to rethink things, so we mixed up the midfield and it has worked out so far.”
“Teleya certainly has some qualities which we could make use of further forward and she has slotted in really well.”
He added, “It’s a bonus that I’ve been able to make the changes and they have paid off.”
“The fact the girls have worked hard at training and put it on the field is down to their hard work.”
Thompson also praised the match winning turn from Giggins – the Under 17’s player notching an assist in addition to her maiden senior goal for the club.
“She did really well and I’m really pleased. I thought she would suit what we need to cover and she got stuck in.”
“I have no problem selecting younger players and I like seeing them come through.”
However, Thompson did lament his side’s failure to put away Thunder in the opening stanza.
“We had so many more chances, we should’ve been three up by half-time and put the game away, but the girls kept to task and it’s pleasing that they didn’t drop their heads.”
The match was originally scheduled for Clive Berghofer Stadium, however, an eleventh-hour switch to Commonwealth Oval was forced due to the condition of the pitch at the original venue.
Thompson said while the notice of the venue change was late, it ultimately didn’t affect his team’s performance.
“The bottom line is we play on a different field every second week and we try to have a style of football we play rather than suiting a venue or other teams.”
“If we kept changing to suit venues and teams then we would never progress. So we work on a style of play that suits us," he concluded.
City will host Eastern Suburbs next week with a win in that fixture crucial to a possible top four finish.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 13
Saturday, July 8
Commonwealth Oval, Toowoomba
SWQ Thunder FC – 2 (Melanie LLOYD 35' 58')
Gold Coast City FC – 3 (Teleya REYNOLDS 26’ 78’, Alanna GIGGINS 82’)