Words: Thibault Berthier
Gold Coast City defender Jade Horcicka said her side were unlucky as a second half fightback from Eastern Suburbs FC saw City slump to a 3-2 defeat at Duncan Mckenna Field on Saturday.
Despite City taking a two goal lead into the break, Easts three second half goals claimed all three points for the visitors to consign an understrength City to a third straight defeat.
With seven first team regulars absent from his squad, City coach Dave Thompson was forced to call on a number of players from the club's youth ranks for the match.
The reshuffle delivered early dividends as Chloe Burns teed up Emily Benton for the opening goal, before Alanna Giggins doubled the lead late in the half with a rifled finish from the top of the box.
However, Easts experience proved telling in the second half as Tiffany Roberts and Georgina Amos levelled scores early in the second stanza, before Roberts completed the fightback in the final minutes with a strong strike from the edge of the penalty area.
Speaking post-match, Horcicka said she felt her side were unlucky not to come away with the three points against their fourth-placed opponents.
“I’m proud of the girls. We played really good football, especially in the first half, but we fell away a little bit in the second half but not to the extent that we deserved to lose.”
“Upfront we should’ve probably put a few more away, and we could’ve been a bit tidier at the back, but other than that I think we did pretty well.”
“It was a game of two halves, We definitely had them in the first half and I think we matched them if not were a little bit better in the second half but we just didn’t put enough goals away.”
Horcicka heaped praise on the City youngsters who rose to the challenge of standing toe-to-toe with one fo the competition's powerhouse clubs.
“We have really good young players coming through. They definitely pulled their weight and didn’t look at all out of place. They really helped us out today."
“Today shows these young players are very good and that they can match it with the girls when we need them they step up. I think they’ve got bright futures,” she concluded.
The result has formally ended all possibility of City securing a finals berth and the team will now turn their attention to weekend’s home clash with Brisbane Olympic.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 14
Saturday, August 5
Duncan Mckenna Field, Palm Beach
Gold Coast City FC - 2 (Emily BENTON 10’, Alanna GIGGINS 35’)
Eastern Suburbs FC – 3 (Tiffany ROBERTS 54’ 83’, Georgina AMOS 59’)
Gold Coast City FC Team: 1. Sarah MCDONALD, 2. Brydie HALL (15. Jazzmin BERTUZZI 52’), 3. Alanna GIGGINS, 4. Lily LOWE, 5. Jade HORCICKA, 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 10. Georgia ELLISTON, 11. Ena TSUZUMI, 18. Courtney BLACK, 19. Chloe BURNS, 13. Emily BENTON