Words: Michael Flynn | Image: SportsPics
Gold Coast City coach Grae Piddick says his side must avoid dropping further points if they are to see out the season on top of the table following Saturday night’s dramatic 3-2 defeat to Brisbane Strikers.
City fought back from a goal down at half-time in the top-of-the-table clash at Perry Park, but ultimately left empty-handed after Jake McLean curled home a dramatic late winner.
Forward Jarrod Kyle seemed destined to be the hero for the league-leaders when he struck a second half brace – the first a tap-in from Sam Smith’s squared pass, the second a headed finish from a corner.
However, City conceded twice in the final ten minutes as Strikers levelled terms via Gregory Cheshire prior to McLean’s winner.
Earlier, Strikers made a flying start when Hiroki Omori converted from long-range inside the opening ten minutes.
The win ends a 17 match unbeaten run across both league and cup competitions for City.
Speaking post-match, Piddick said his side deserved to take more from their performance.
“Obviously we’re gutted to lose in the way we have. Really we should have won that game,” he stated.
“For large parts of that game we actually carved them up but when we were on top we needed to make that dominance count.”
“To concede a couple late with a lack of discipline with players in their roles is a bit tough to take because we had planned for the way Strikers would play.”
He said the equation now facing his side is simple – win their remaining six games if they want to guarantee the title.
“Because we have done so well this year it does give us a bit of a gap on the table,” Piddick explained.
“I spoke to the boys after the game in the change room and I told them that I don’t expect Strikers to drop another game so we have to go out and win every game from here.”
“The boys understand that and they are perfectly capable of doing it so that’s what we are going to do,” he concluded.
City next face Redlands United at Duncan McKenna Field next weekend.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland 2017 – Round 16
Saturday, July 1
Perry Park, Brisbane
Brisbane Strikers FC - 3 (Omori HIROKI 7’, Gregory CHESHIRE 81’, Jake MCLEAN 89’)
Gold Coast City FC - 2 (Jarrod KYLE 48’ 57’)