Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Angela Mussell
Gold Coast City youth men both recorded wins in their latest fixtures, while our youth ladies learned valuable lesson in a tough day at the office.
Gold Coast City FC – 3 (Joseph KNOX 10’ 67’, Thomas MILLER 48’)
Brisbane Roar FC – 1 (Almir BASINAC 89’)
Coach Brett Budwee praised his side after they returned to winning ways with a commanding performance in their Wednesday night clash at Duncan Mckenna Field.
Promoted Under 18’s player Joseph Knox’s debut double book-ended Thomas Miller’s second half goal to seal the win for the team.
Knox opened accounts with a composed headed finish from Hunter Rutty’s cross early in the contest before Miller doubled the advantage tucked away Max Fitzgerald’s cross early in the second half.
The dismissal of Joshua Mussell looked set to derail City’s dominance, however Knox popped up again after the hour with a well-placed finish from the top of the box to seal his brace and the points.
Roar’s sole consolation came from a late goal from Almir Basinac in the dying minutes of the contest.
Budwee said of the win, “Six players from the Under 18 squad played tonight and they all showed they are up to youth league football. That’s a big positive looking forward to 2018.”
“We knew the Roar would be well structured and technically good with the ball, so we had the be disciplined and stick to our defensive game plan which we did to a tee.”
Gold Coast City FC – 2 (Joseph KNOX 17’, Andrew MACKINTOSH 70’)
Moreton Bay United FC - 0
Team manager David Lister praised his side’s defensive resolve as they notched an eighth clean sheet of the campaign against Jets on Saturday night at Duncan Mckenna Field.
Playing as the curtain raiser to the men’s clash, City’s youth shined as Joseph Knox and Andrew Mackintosh claimed the spoils in front of goal.
The result marks a seventh straight match without defeat for the team as they look to keep the pressure on league leaders Western Pride.
Lister said, “It was a great team effort all around but especially from the defenders.”
“After the half time talk, we defended well from the front which blocked passing lanes and restricted the opposition moving the ball from the defenders.”
“In the second half we shut down the service from the opposition to their midfield which meant the Jets struggled to get forward.”
Under 17 Girls
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Maya HUXSTEP)
Souths Untied FC – 7 (Grace GAUDIN 2’ 16’, Imogen NOON 18’, Zoe CUNNINGHAM 29’, own goal 44’, Victoria FRANKLIN 65’, , Tameka JOHNSON 83’)
Coach Paul Crouch praised his side’s second-half performance despite falling to a heavy loss to Souths on Sunday at Sidd Bigg Park.
City conceded five goals in the first half – Grace Gaudin leading the visitors’ return with a double - before regrouping in the second stanza to take the game to their opponents.
Debutant Maya Huxstep claimed reward for City with a one-on-one finish after aggressive defending forced a Souths turnover.
Crouch said of the performance, “The second half performance, where we put together the football we can play, showed that we can be there with the best.”
“The key moment was the half time talk - regrouping and setting ourselves goals to achieve in the second half.”
“However, we also learned that you have to concentrate for 90 minutes and play with your head as well as your feet.”