Words: Michael Flynn & James Hawes | Image: s-l archer
Defender Eoghan Murphy praised his side’s resolve as they overcame a second-half send-off to storm to a convincing 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar Youth on Saturday night.
With scores locked at a goal apiece at half-time, City delivered a quick-fire double shortly after the restart through star attackers Jarrod Kyle and Sam Smith to stun Young Roar at A.J.Kelly Park.
Shortly after City suffered a set-back when Benjamin Lyvidikos was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
However, the City defences held firm despite the numerical disadvantage before sealing the result when substitute Curtis Stollery’s converted his maiden senior goal.
Earlier Roman Hofmann opened the scoring with a stunning 25-yard strike inside the opening five minutes of the contest, before Young Roar levelled terms through Finn Beakhurst.
Speaking post-match, Murphy had nothing but praise for his teammates as they resolutely to kept Young Roar at bay and extended their unbeaten run to seven games.
“The best thing is we’ve got a good group of lads this year and it just that shows we can dig in and get results,” Murphy said.
He added, “We’re not going to jump up and down after beating a bunch of teenagers. But it is good to get another win on the board.”
Murphy also spoke highly of the contribution of new goalkeeper Matt Stein, who marked his City debut with a number of telling saves throughout the contest.
“Matt is very good on the ball and we were very comfortable with him. He’s come in and done the job.”
Murphy also said it was a great sign the team is finding multiple ways to find the back of the net.
Attacking duo Smith and Kyle lead the club’s 2017 goal scoring return with a combined 11 goals.
However, Hofmann and Stollery’s first goals of the season now mean a total of ten players have been on the score sheet in 8 games.
“At the start of the season we were getting a lot of goals through Sam Smith, so now we’re getting them from different players is good to see,” Murphy said.
“We had a lot of chances. We just needed to make sure we convert them like we did tonight,” he concluded.
The result sees City again edge ahead of Brisbane Olympic, who close out the round on Sunday afternoon, in the two teams’ tête-à-tête battle for top spot in the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland standings.
City will host Olympic next Saturday in what looms as a possible top-of-the-table clash.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland 2017 – Round 8
Saturday, April 22
A.J.Kelly Park, Moreton Bay
Gold Coast City FC – 4 (Roman HOFMANN 3’, Jarrod KYLE 46’, Sam SMITH 49’, Curtis STOLLERY 72’)
Brisbane Roar FC Youth – 1 (Finn BEAKHURST 17’)
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Matt STEIN, 2. Riley DILLON, 4. Martin VAZQUEZ, 5. Matthew SCHMIDT, 6. Roman HOFMANN, 7. Justyn MCKAY (3. Oskar DILLON 79’), 9. Jarrod KYLE (8. Curtis STOLLERY 61’), 11. Nik MIRKOVIC, 14. Benjamin LYVIDIKOS (Red Card 54’), 15. Eoghan MURPHY, 21. Sam SMITH (10. Jacob BOUTOUBIA 74’)
Unused substititions: 16. Tom MILLER, 20. Josh LANGDON