Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Albert Perez
Attacker Brie Bond suggested Gold Coast City Women side are still a work-in-progress following a battling 4-2 defeat at the hands of Eastern Suburbs on Sunday.
City battled hard throughout the contest at Heath Park but defensive lapses ultimately proved costly against their top four opponents.
City made a promising start when Emily Benton opened accounts inside two minutes, however, found themselves behind at the break after conceding to Georgia Amos and Eloise Wadsworth.
Team leading goal scorer Jayde Lowe levelled terms early in the second half with her eighth goal of the season, but a further two goals from Easts duo Tiffany Roberts and Tegan Riding put paid to the comeback.
Speaking post-match, Bond found positives in the performance despite her side’s third defeat of the campaign.
“We’re still implementing the things that we’ve been doing in training and they have been coming out in the game. It’s just a bit unfortunate they got the win,” Bond explained.
She added, “I was pretty happy with the build up (for the goals). They were a highlight of the game despite the result,” she concluded.
City will look to bounce back against Souths United next week – a team that contains a number of former City players from the 2015 Grand Final.
“I think we will give them a good shot. We’re keen to get into them,” Bond concluded.
The result ends a two-match winning run for City and sees them drop one place to sixth on the PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s Queensland table.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 5
Sunday, April 30
Heath Park, Brisbane
Eastern Suburbs FC – 4 (Georgia AMOS 5’, Eloise WADSWORTH 19’, Tiffany ROBERTS 59’, Tegan RIDING 86’)
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Emily BENTON 2’, Jayde LOWE 56’)
Gold Coast City Squad: 1. Ellen HEPBURN, 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 4. Lily LOWE, 6. Neesa DOYLE, 8. Charlotte RAYNOR (14. Courtney BLACK 46’), 9. Brie BOND, 10. Jayde LOWE, 11. Jamilla RILEY, 12. Joy FORSYTH, 13. Emily BENTON (20. Emily ANDERSON 50’)