Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: Sportspics
Gold Coast City midfielder Jade Horcicka praised the defensive resolve of her side following their 1-0 win over Sunshine Coast at Duncan McKenna Field on Sunday.
City secured their fourth PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland win of the season thanks to Brie Bond’s second half strike.
The sides went into the break with the score locked at 0-0 after a tightly contested first half which yielded limited opportunities for either side.
Bond found the breakthrough in the 60th minute when she turned her marker and slammed the ball into the bottom corner from the top of the box after some slick build up play from City.
The 1-0 win secures a valuable three points for City as they continue their pursuit of a top four finish.
City currently sit in seventh position on the PlayStation 4 National Premier League Women’s Queensland table on twelve points.
Speaking post-match, Jade Horcicka said her sides composure in the second half made the difference in a gritty win.
“It was pretty scrappy from the girls from the beginning, we didn’t stick to our game, we didn’t keep the ball on the ground, we tried to play their game and it didn’t work in our favour,” Horcicka said.
“The message at half time was to play our own game, it came off and we got our reward for it with the goal, towards the middle of the second half we looked a lot more composed.”
With the 1-0 win City claimed their second clean-sheet of the season.
Horcicka described defence as key to her sides success.
“Our defence is very strong we do have a very young team and quite a young defence but it is very good, our defence is always on the ball they’re definitely the back bone our team.”
City’s focus now turns to next week’s home clash against 5th placed UQFC.
PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 12
Sunday, June 25
Duncan Mckenna Field, Palm Beach
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Brie BOND 60’)
Sunshine Coast FC – 0
Gold Coast City FC Team: 1. Ellen HEPBURN, 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 5. Jade HORCICKA, 7. Jamilla RILEY (10. Jayde LOWE 45’), 9. Brie BOND, 11. Ena TSUZUMI, 12. Joy FORSYTH, 13. Emily BENTON (6. Neesa DOYLE 46’) 14. Courtney BLACK, 16. Jessica AUSTIN (8. Charlotte RAYNER 78’)
Unused Subs: Lily LOWE