Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Chris Simpson
Gold Coast City Women’s coach Dave Thompson has praised his side’s resolve as they shot down Western Pride 3-2 to claim their first win in over a month.
Goals to Ena Tsuzumi, Brie Bond and Teleya Reynolds proved decisive for City in the hard-fought contest at Briggs Road Complex – the result ending a three match losing run for the side.
City suffered an early setback as Pride opened accounts inside five minutes through Zozia Sen.
However, Tsuzumi quickly levelled terms with her first goal of the campaign on the back of an angled run – her composed finish ensuring the side’s entered half-time all square.
City further asserted themselves in the second half as Brie Bond gave the visitors the lead after taking on a pair of Pride defenders before slotting a well-placed finish.
Teleya Reynolds then effectively sealed the win approaching the final quarter hour when her deflected strike wrong-footed Pride goalkeeper Kirsten Veeren after a solid team build-up.
Pride found late consolation through Mackenzie McAvoy in time added on.
Speaking post-match, Thompson said his side showed plenty of spirit to wrap up a league double against Pride.
“The girls have been through a bit of a rough patch with injuries and losing players,” Thompson explained.
“We went down to a goal early but we weren’t phased by it and we didn’t panic. We kept playing and got ourselves back into the game.”
The win marked the final round of the home-and-away season, however, despite the rest of the competition moving on to the Semi-Finals.
City will contest a pair of rescheduled fixtures against Brisbane Olympic over the next seven days to conclude the season.
Thompson said the side is determined to finish the season on a high, with a win in either of the final two matches likely to seal a sixth placed finish ahead of SWQ Thunder.
“We know that the Finals aren’t within our grasp but we played the game with a good attitude.”
“We’ve got two games left and we want to keep the wins going. We want to finish the season well and the girls are determined to do that.”
Thompson did concede it was not ideal for the club to have one of the rescheduled fixtures on the same night as the club’s men’s side contests the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16.
“A number of the girls would love to watch the guys in the FFA Cup, so that is disappointing.”
“However, when it comes to the choice between playing football and watching football the girls, like all players, always prefer to be playing,” he concluded.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 18
Saturday, August 19
Briggs Road Complex, Ipswich
Western Pride FC – 2 (Zozia SEN 5’, Mackenzie MCAVOY 90+1’)
Gold Coast City FC – 3 (Ena TSUZUMI 12’, Brie BOND 51’, Teleya REYNOLDS 72’)