Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: Albert Perez
Gold Coast City’s Teleya Reynolds is enjoying her success in her new role as striker ahead of Sunday’s clash with Souths United at Sidd Bigg Park.
The match is City's first in a fortnight after last week's scheduled clash with Eastern Suburbs was postponed due to wet weather.
The scheduling reshuffle means City are again faced with a near make-or-break 90 minutes to keep their finals hopes alive - with Reynolds set to play a crucial role against the second-placed Souths.
More commonly used as a defensive midfielder by coach Dave Thompson this season, Reynolds has recently discovered her goal-scoring touch since being moved further up the pitch.
Her hard-working performances have resulted in three goals in two appearances - including a double in City’s 3-2 win over SWQ Thunder and another in City’s narrow loss to UQFC.
Reynolds said she’s happy to do a job for the team wherever she’s required.
“I can’t remember the last time I played striker but wherever Dave puts me on the field I always try my best to get the result for the team,” Reynolds said.
“I’ve always been a more attacking sort of player, so Dave’s seen that in training and wanted me to try and pursue that instead of sticking to a defensive midfield role.”
“I do prefer to stick to midfield - ideally I like to be the playmaker of the team - but if Dave’s going to put me as striker then I’ll do my best to fill that position.”
Sunday will be the second time sixth placed City have clash with Souths this season, with Souths running out 3-0 winners in the previous encounter.
Reynolds is expecting the Brisbane-based outfit to again provide her side with a stern test.
“We do know Souths are a good team. It’s going to be a challenge for us but we’re not going to give up. We’re going to stay positive,” she said.
“We just have to stick to what we know, stick to our game which is just simple possession based football.”
Sunday’s clash will be played at Sid Bigg Park, home of Mudgeeraba Soccer Club, rather than City’s regular home ground Duncan Mckenna Field.
Mudgeeraba were recently announced as one of two new Gold Coast-based sides in next season’s PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s Queensland competition, which will not include Gold Coast City.
PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 15
Gold Coast City FC v Souths United FC
Sunday July 23 | 2:00PM
Sidd Bigg Park, Tallai
Gold Coast City FC Team: 1. Ellen HEPBURN, 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 4. Lily LOWE, 5. Jade HORCICKA, 6. Alanna GIGGINS, 7. Brie BOND, 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 10. Georgia ELLISTON, 11. Ena TSUZUMI, 12. Joy FORSYTH, 16. Neesa DOYLE, 18. Courtney BLACK, 21. Emily BENTON
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