Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: Football Queensland
Gold Coast City midfielder Jayde Lowe said her side were clinical in their 6-1 victory over Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
Four goals to Lowe as well as strikes by Emily Benton and Teleya Reynolds sealed City’s first win of the PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s season at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
It took City just five minutes to open the scoring when Lowe bundled the ball over the line after Fire goalkeeper Shannon Buhmann was unable to deal with Emily Benton’s initial cross.
City doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Benton’s cross slipped through Buhmann’s fingertips allowing Lowe to tap home at the back post.
Fire pulled one back just three minutes later thanks to Joanna Purvis’ long range free kick, sending the sides into the break with City leading 2-1.
Three goals in seven second half minutes saw City put the result beyond doubt as Benton’s cross-come-shot found its way into the back of the net while Reynolds and Lowe each converted penalties.
Lowe headed home her fourth of the evening in the 81st minute to round out an emphatic 6-1 victory for the visitors.
Speaking post-match, Lowe said her side were delighted to have picked up their first win of the season.
“I think we’ve been a bit unlucky with some of our results in the last couple of games so to finally get a win is fantastic,” Lowe said.
“The girls are just stoked about it, we really deserved it today, I couldn’t be happier for the team.”
City coach Dave Thompson started the match with a reshuffled line up following the midweek departure of striker Steph Foreman.
Lowe said the new look formation payed dividends for her side.
“It was the first match we’ve had where we’ve played in a different formation than usual so it was interesting, I think we did well with it, there’s still a lot to improve on.”
“It gives us more numbers in midfield, it changes our point of attack because we used to hit the wings a lot but now we’re forced to play more combination play and I think that’s going to work in our favour.”
“I’ve said previously we were getting combinations we just needed to get more clinical and I think that’s starting to come off for us now.”
“We’re starting to play feet more and we’re finally starting to put away some of our opportunities so that’s great,” Lowe said.
The result kick-starts City’s season but Lowe says her side won’t be getting ahead of themselves.
“Finally getting a win, it just boosts morale so much for the team.”
“We’ll just take it week by week, work hard at training and hopefully the results keep coming for us,” Lowe concluded.
City now enjoy a week off over the Easter break before facing SWQ Thunder at home on April 23.
PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 3
Sunday, April 9
Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana
Sunshine Coast FC Women – 1 (Joanna PURVIS 36’)
Gold Coast City FC Women – 6 (Jayde LOWE 5’, 33’, 63’, 81’, Teleya REYNOLDS 56’, Emily BENTON 58’)
Gold Coast City FC Squad – 1.Ellen HEPBURN, 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 4. Lily LOWE, 6. Neesa DOYLE, 7. Jamilla RILEY, 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 10. Jayde LOWE, 11. Brie BOND, 13. Emily BENTON, 14. Courtney BLACK, 20. Emily ANDERSON