Jayde Lowe battling for possession (Craig Clifford / Sportspics)
Second placed Lions FC proved too classy across the park at Robina last night, running out 5 nil winners over a plucky Gold Coast United.
The first half was a fairly even contest punctuated by two freakish goals from the visitors, the first a deft chip from Lana Harch to open the scoring and the second a long range speculator from Rebekah Horsey that new Coast keeper, Cassandra Zaffina, mis-judged. Up front Tegan Riding was a standout for Lions, speed, power and two cracking second half strikes. Kate Morton scored the other goal for the visitors with Riding the provider this time, a sweet passage of play down the right involving several pin-point passes.
United had their chances too but failed to take these and against a quality side like Lions opportunities are scarce. Miss these and you pay. Which is exactly what happened to the hosts.
According to United Coach, Michael Cook, the score line wasn’t a true reflection of the game.
“Lions were better than us. We can’t pretend they weren’t. But five nil is a bit of a blow out and for those that we’re here they’d be aware of that.”
“If you take away the last 15 minutes when we pushed players forward to chase the game, they did catch us out a little bit.
“But I think if you take that out of it, it was probably one of our best performances of the season.
“Their first three goals were freakish goals that those players might never score again in their whole careers.”
Another tough road trip next up for United with a visit to Wolter Park on the 16th of June to take on the competition’s surprise packets, Moreton Bay Jets.
Cook is pleased to have a break ahead of Round 17.
“The weekend off is probably good, we’ve got a few sore bodies.
“Moreton Bay will be another good test and a chance to show everyone how much we’ve improved.
National Premier Leagues Women, Rd 16
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Station Reserve, Robina
Lions 5 (Harch 13’, Riding 60’, 85’, Horsey 22’, Morton 83’)