Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Sunshine Coast FC
Gold Coast City Women’s coach Dave Thompson said his side hold no fear ahead of their crucial away clash with Eastern Suburbs FC.
City are looking to notch a third straight win in Sunday’s showdown following high-scoring victories against Sunshine Coast FC and SWQ Thunder in recent weeks.
Confidence is high within the playing group and Thompson said his side fear no-one as they seek a return to finals football at season’s end.
“The girls are well up for it. They’ve been training really hard and it’s shown in the last two results,” Thompson said.
City have only once managed to snare three points against the traditionally strong Easts in four previous meetings in PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s competition.
However, Thompson is emphatic that past results count for nothing this weekend.
“We’ve been talking about this as a new season, and we need to approach it that way,” he said.
“Whilst we do respect Easts because they’re a good team, we certainly aren’t frightened of them. We’re quite looking forward to having a go with them.”
He added this match will serve as a litmus test after relatively comfortable wins in City’s past two outings – where the club posted an impressive six goals in each.
“We’re feeling good about the way we’re playing at the moment and what they’re working on. The team are looking forward to another game,” he said.
“Easts are a good club and we want to test ourselves against good clubs,” he concluded.
City currently sit fifth in the PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s Queensland standings and a win against Easts will lift them into the top four for the first time this season.
PlayStation 4 NPL Women's Queensland 2017 - Round 5
Gold Coast City FC v Eastern Suburbs FC
Sunday, April 30 | 5:00PM
Heath Park, East Brisbane
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Ellen HEPBURN, 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 4. Lily LOWE, 6. Neesa DOYLE, 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 9. Brie BOND, 10. Jayde LOWE, 11. Jamilla Riley (IN), 12. Joy FORSYTH, 13. Emily BENTON, 14. Courtney BLACK, 20. Emily ANDERSON