Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: Patrick Leigh Perspectives
Gold Coast City winger Riley Dillon says his sides winning mentality is key as they continue their title pursuit against Western Pride at Duncan Mckenna Field on Saturday night.
League leaders City host the Ipswich-based outfit in their final home match of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland regular season.
If City avoid defeat against Western Pride they will complete the home-and-away league season with an undefeated home record for the first time in the club's five year history.
Riley Dillon says his side's home record has been key to their premiership push this season.
“You’ve got to have a winning mentality at home. No one comes to your ground and takes points," he said.
"It has been a really solid effort from the boys to not lose a game at home all season - our home form's been really important this year."
“We’ve beaten the top teams when we’ve faced them at home and, as we come to the pointy end of the season, hopefully it pays dividends.”
Pride come into Saturday’s clash as one of the competition's in-form sides with just a single defeat since clashing with City at Briggs Road Complex in Round 10.
Dillon is expecting a tough contest from a youthful Pride outfit that is chasing it's first ever top four finish and a maiden appearance in the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland Finals Series.
“It’s a massive game for us, we need four points from our last two games to win the league,” Dillon said.
“Western Pride are one of the form teams of the competition, they do pose a threat. But with the team we’ve got and the form we’re in I think we can get the job done.”
“We’ve just got to stick to our game plan and play like we normally play. Hopefully we take our chances and get the win.”
A point for City can seal the club's second PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland Premiership on Saturday night should second-placed Brisbane Strikers lose to Brisbane Roar Youth.
However, Dillon said his were purely focused on themselves were not thinking about other team's results.
“We haven't spoken about that possibility. We know Strikers are a top team and we aren’t expecting them to drop any points. We’re just focusing on ourselves and making sure we get the win,” Dillon concluded.
PlayStation 4 National Premier League’s Queensland – Round 21
Gold Coast City FC v Western Pride FC
Saturday August 12 | 6:30PM
Duncan Mckenna Field, Palm Beach
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Matthew STEIN, 2. Riley DILLON, 3. Oskar DILLON, 4. Martin VAZQUEZ, 5. Matthew SCHMIDT, 6. Roman HOFMANN, 7. Justyn MCKAY, 9. Jarrod KYLE, 10. Jacob BOUTOUBIA, 11. Nik MIRKOVIC, 14. Benjamin LYVIDIKOS, 15. Eoghan MURPHY, 19. Ethan GRIMLEY, 20. Joshua LANGDON, 21. Sam SMITH, 22. Jaiden WALKER