Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: Ray Gardner
Gold Coast City defender Jaiden Walker said it was a case of two points dropped for his side following their 1-1 draw at Redlands on Tuesday night.
Sam Smith's fifth goal of the campaign secured a come-from-behind draw against the defending PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland champions at Cleveland Showgrounds - the result returning City to the top of the competition standings.
Redlands opened the scoring in the 52nd minute when Alex Warrilow tapped home Feli Sheriff’s cross at the back post.
City responded in the 66th minute when Smith’s volley from the top of the box rocketed into the back of the net.
Speaking post-match, Walker said he was disappointed his side was unable to take all three points.
“To be honest it wasn’t our best game, I think we can do a lot better than that. A point is better than nothing, but we will take it on as two points dropped,” Walker said.
Walker added that his side needed to sharpen up in several areas if they were to maintain their early season momentum.
“We’ve got to be more clinical, we got caught a bit in transition as well,” Walker said.
“It’s just the basic things that we can work on during the week, we’ve just got to keep our heads up and keep working from there.”
The result extends City’s unbeaten run to five matches pushing them to top spot on the PS4 NPL Queensland ladder ahead of Olympic FC, who have a game in hand.
City now face a short turn around before heading to Townsville on Saturday to face an in-form Northern Fury side, who currently occupy third on the table.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland 2017 – Round 6
Tuesday, April 4
Cleveland Showgrounds, Redland City
Redlands United FC – 1 (Alex WARRILOW 52’)
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Sam SMITH 66’)
Gold Coast City FC Squad – 1. Ryan MESKELL, 2. Riley Dillon (11. Nik MIRKOVIC 56’), 3. Oskar DILLON, 4. Martin VAZQUEZ, 5. Matthew SCHMIDT, 6. Roman HOFMANN, 8. Curtis STOLLERY (10. Jacob BOUTOUBIA 64’), 9. Justyn MCKAY, 14. Benjamin LYVIDIKOS (15. Sam KING 81’), 21. Sam SMITH, 22. Jaiden WALKER
Unused Subs: 16. Thomas MILLER