Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Football Queensland
Gold Coast City Women coach Dave Thompson has praised his side’s second-half performance despite falling to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of league-leaders The Gap FC on Sunday.
Midfielder Jayde Lowe capped off a plucky second-half fightback from City by tucking home a rebound after her penalty was saved by Gators goalkeeper Noran Abaza.
Earlier, the Gators delivered a five-goal first-half at their Walton Bridge Reserve home ground - Greta Bodey hitting a double, before further goals to Ruth Blackburn, Megan Price and Bethany Ashton wrapped up the points.
However, City responded brightly by shutting out the Gators in the entire second half.
Thompson said his side’s second stanza response demonstrated they are a better side than their current seventh placed position on the ladder suggests.
“The girls organised themselves and fought back into the game. It was unfortunate we couldn’t get more goals, but they certainly held their own in the second half,” Thompson explained.
“It was like two separate games. In the first half, they put us under the cosh, and in the second half, we really did put them under the cosh.”
Thompson also said his team are becoming more adaptable and tactically responsive as the season progresses.
“Anytime we play one of the top teams we analyse what they are doing and learn from it,” he explained.
“The Gap played their normal game in the first half, but we altered a few things based on what they were doing and that made the difference for us in the second half.”
“We use these games as a lesson really in what we have to work on and what we need to do be at that level.”
Thompson added that he believes his players have the potential to move up the ladder as they eye a run of six weeks of constant football.
“We’re hoping to get a bit of momentum, because every we think things are building we get a week off due to the weather or the schedule.”
“If we can get a couple of games on the run and the girls can play like they did in the second half, then it bodes well for us,” Thompson concluded.
City will host Sunshine Coast FC next weekend, who they defeated 6-1 earlier in the season – their biggest win of the campaign to date.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 11
Sunday, June 18
Walton Bridge Reserve, Brisbane
The Gap FC – 5 (Greta BODEY 11’, 19’ Ruth BLACKBURN 29’ Megan PRICE 30’ Bethany ASHTON 44’)
Gold Coast City FC – 1 (Jayde LOWE 90’)