Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Souths United FC
Gold Coast City Women’s striker Brie Bond says her team haven’t written off their chances of finals football despite succumbing to a 3-0 defeat to Souths United on Tuesday night.
The defeat was City’s third straight against top four opposition and sees the team move ten points adrift of the Semi-Finals places.
City succumbed twice in the opening quarter hour of the contest at Wakerley Park as Elise Franco and Deeanna Thompson struck for the hosts.
Tayler Stevens then effectively put a result beyond reach for City with Souths’ third goal shortly after the half-hour mark.
City proved more formidable in the second stanza, however, ultimately left frustrated after failing to get the better of Souths backline.
“We weren’t expecting it to be easy at all, but we did hold our ground in the second half which is a positive,” Bond said of the Souths match.
With the season now a third completed, Bond says she and her teammates are aware they must quickly regain their winning touch if they are to be in the mix for silverware come season’s end.
“Making the top four is still a possibility but it’s going to take a lot of work to get there,” she explained.
“As a team we need to talk more on the field. Communication is the key and the confidence that comes with that can make the difference. It’s about supporting each other every step of the way.”
The recent run of defeats has coincided with a short scoring drought for the young striker and she conceded that as an attacking player it was frustrating to not be finding the back of the net.
“A couple of weeks without scoring gets a bit frustrating and I’m not getting much opportunity up front at the moment to get the goal.”
“We have been working on combinations and that is good but we need to keep working at it.”
“We are seeing results in our style of play but getting the goals to go in is proving a bit of a problem at the moment.”
City will have time to rebuild with a scheduled competition break this weekend, before returning to action at home against the winless Western Pride on the following Sunday.
PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 6
Tuesday, May 23
Wakerley Park, Runcorn
Souths United FC - 3 (Elise FRANCO 11’, Deeanna THOMPSON 15’, Tayler STEVENS 32’)
Gold Coast City FC – 0
Gold Coast City FC Women Team: 1. Ellen HEPBURN (gk), 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 4. Lily LOWE, 6. Neesa DOYLE (7. Ena TSUZUMI 45’), 9. Brie BOND, 10. Jayde LOWE, 11. Jamilla RILEY (c), 12. Joy FORSYTH, 14. Courtney BLACK (8. Charlotte RAYNER 78’), 20. Emily ANDERSON (13. Emily BENTON 20’)