Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Football Queensland
Gold Coast City Women’s goalkeeper Ellen Hepburn says her side are ready to up-the-ante ahead of their clash with Souths United this weekend.
Sixth-placed City make their second straight away trip to the capital after coming away from Eastern Suburbs last week empty-handed despite a battling performance.
The task doesn’t get any easier against a Souths side currently sitting third in the league standings.
However, Hepburn said the team have learned from last week’s defeat and have the potential to catch out their opponents as they settle into the to-and-fro of the home-and-away season.
“We’ve had two wins this season and we’re ready for another one,” Hepburn said.
“I think the game against Easts last week has given us a bit of a shake-up considering we got the first goal and didn’t get the win.”
Hepburn said the team has been working hard on developing their combinations on the training paddock and are ready to reap the rewards come game day.
“Building our play is the key and we’ve been practicing a lot of new plays,” she said.
“We started training with them a few weeks ago but we didn’t use them last week as we weren’t quite ready.”
“But after this week’s training I feel like the girls are all ready to go and bring these new plays to the game on the weekend.”
With the team increasingly gelling in the outfield, Hepburn said she was looking forward to being able to post her first clean sheet of the season.
However, it is not all that drives her between the sticks after returning to City following a stint with Easts last year.
“You start the game with a clean sheet and then it’s a horrible feeling if you concede a goal. But you just have to turn around and motivate the team to get another goal.”
“That’s my whole point in playing – I love motivating my teammates. I don’t look to blame anyone if a goal goes in and I think it’s important to have a real positive attitude towards my girls.”
She also alluded to the adage that attack can often be the best form of defence.
“The key for us is to stay focused after we score. It’s good to have a celebration after you score but then you got to get on with the game and try and score another,” she concluded.
A win for City will see them retain a hold on sixth place in the standings ahead of their next home game against league-leaders Peninsula Power in the following round.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 6
Souths United FC v Gold Coast City FC
Saturday, May 6 | 7:00PM
Wakerley Park, Runcorn
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Ellen HEPBURN (gk), 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 4. Lily LOWE, 6. Neesa DOYLE, 9. Brie BOND, 10. Jayde LOWE, 11. Jamilla RILEY (c), 12. Joy FORSYTH, 13. Emily BENTON, 14. Courtney BLACK
Substitutes: 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 20. Emily ANDERSON