Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Football Queensland
Gold Coast City Women's coach Dave Thompson said there were plenty of positive signs despite his charges falling 2-1 to UQFC in their opening PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s match of the season.
UQFC mounted a two-goal second half comeback to snatch the points at A.J. Kelly Park via a pair of strikes from Teagan Lynch and Mikaela Di Savia.
Earlier, City went into the half-time break with a well-earned single goal lead courtesy of Brie Bond’s impressive finish on the counter-attack.
City pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages but could not breach the UQFC goal a second time.
Despite the disappointment of the result, Thompson said that he saw plenty of promise as he looks to return City to the end-of-season finals for the first time since 2015.
“UQ are a very good team and we held our own with them. It could’ve gone either way right until the end.”
“So it was a positive result in that we were competitive all the way through and still in the game until the final whistle.”
“I’m comfortable that we are where we should be and we just have to keep working to get a little bit better and we should be all right this year.”
Thompson said if not for a bit more luck in the final third then the result may have been different.
“We certainly had more chances than they did today but we just weren’t as clinical we could’ve been,” he said.
However, he said it was pleasing to see off-season recruit Bond open her account for 2017 in her PS4 NPL Women’s debut for the club.
“It was really good to see Brie score early in the season, especially because she came close so often in the pre-season without quite finding the finish.”
“Now she’s off the mark and hopefully she can build on that,” he concluded.
City will face two-time defending PS4 NPL Women’s Queensland Champions The Gap next Sunday.
PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 1
Sunday, March 19
A.J. Kelly Park, Redcliffe
University of Queensland FC Women – 2 (Teagan LYNCH 64’, Mikaela DI SAVIA 70’)
Gold Coast City FC Women – 1 (Brie BOND 22’)
Gold Coast City FC Squad – 1. Ellen HEPBURN, 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 4. Lily LOWE (8. Charlotte RAYNER 57’), 5. Steph FOREMAN, 6. Neesa DOYLE (20. Emily ANDERSON 65’), 7. Jamilla RILEY, 10. Jayde LOWE, 11. Brie BOND, 12. Joy FORSYTH, 13. Emily BENTON