Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Football Queensland
Gold Coast City’s Women’s attacker Brie Bond concedes finals football is effectively beyond reach as her side succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Souths United on Sunday.
The visitors scored a goal in each half at Sidd Bigg Park to wrap up their second win against City this season, leaving City 12 points adrift of the top four with just five matches remaining.
Souths twice struck the post in the opening ten minutes of the match before Eloise Fryer opened accounts for Souths after the half hour by heading home from a corner kick.
City stifled their opponents for much of the remainder before substitute Candice Parziani sealed the win in time added on – capitalising on a turnover from City defender Georgia Elliston deep in her own half.
Despite the margin remaining tight, City failed to fashion a clear-cut scoring opportunity against their high-flying opponents.
Speaking post-match, Bond said it is becoming increasingly difficult to see how City can reel in Eastern Suburbs FC and University of Queensland FC in the hunt for fourth place.
However, she said there are still benchmarks to be reached in the final rounds
“We are looking at finishing the season on a high even if we don’t make the final four,” Bond explained.
“We want to get as many wins as we can and keep playing our football. That’s the goal we are focusing on.”
Bond said that despite the result, the side had still taken positives out of the match.
“Our coach was quite happy with the performance in a way. The last time we played them it was 3-0, so that was an improvement.”
She added, “Over the past couple of games our combination play has been working quite well for us – especially after moving Teleya (Reynolds) to striker, which gives our wingers more chance to create opportunities.”
“If we can take that into our upcoming games then we will be a different proposition to what the other teams might expect after playing us earlier in the year.”
City face a busy run home of games in the next four weeks– including a pair of postponed matches that have yet to be rescheduled.
Their next scheduled match is away to competition leaders Peninsula Power next Sunday.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 15
Sunday, July 23
Sidd Bigg Park, Tallai
Gold Coast City FC – 0
Souths United FC – 2 (Eloise FRYER 33’, Candica PARZIANI 90+2’)